IBM Files For Patent On Patent Trolling, But It May Be Too Late
from the different-methods-of-trolling? dept
A few folks have been submitting this story from Conceivably Tech about how IBM is applying for a patent that appears to cover some aspect of patent trolling. The patent application (20100332285), which was published just before the end of the year seeks to cover a “computerized system for an intellectual property (IP) framework” which includes what appear to be patent troll-style moves — such as monitoring the market to find “licensing” opportunities.
Of course, IBM might be a bit late to the game. As we noted over two years ago, it looked like Halliburton (yes, Halliburton) was applying for a patent on patent trolling — and that patent was a lot more explicit. So perhaps IBM may find that there’s a fair amount of prior art to deal with…