IBM Patents Removing Leading/Trailing Blanks

from the _um_-_wow_ dept

theodp writes "With its example of how ' John Doe ' could be saved in a database as 'John Doe' (i.e., without leading or trailing blanks), purported patent reformer IBM dazzled the USPTO enough to earn Big Blue a patent last Tuesday for Automatically removing leading and trailing space characters from data being entered into a database system . The three IBM 'inventors' are also seeking a related patent for Retrieving data from a database system without leading and trailing space characters. Hey, if the patent system ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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Filed Under: blank spaces, patents
Companies: ibm


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2009 @ 10:18am

    Re: Broken Code

    leading and trailing whitespace seems to be an odd thing for code to rely upon.

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