by Mike Masnick
Wed, Oct 1st 2008 8:42pm
Slashdot points us to the news that IBM has applied for a patent on a process for identifying markets where there isn't much patent coverage. Yes, think about the recursive silliness here. The application describes a process for looking for so-called "white spaces," where there doesn't appear to be many patents covering a topic in a patent database. Of course, you have to wonder if someone could make the argument that having such a process suggest areas in which to pursue patents would raise questions about whether or not those patents would pass the non-obvious test. Meanwhile, chalk another one up for IBM, which keeps claiming that it's trying to raise the bar on patent quality.
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