IBM's Where-in-HQ-is-Samuel-J-Palmisano? Patent

from the patents-at-work dept

theodp writes "The next time IBM CEO Samuel J. Palmisano is late for a big meeting and can't be reached via his BlackBerry, the other attendees will thankfully have a patent-pending way of finding him. In its just-disclosed patent application for a Method for Exploitation of Location Proximity to Derive a Location of an Employee in a Corporation, Big Blue describes an 'invention' of two of its PhDs that could be used to track Palmisano down - call or IM those who sit near Sam's office and ask if they've seen him. By the way, IBM VP David Kappos, who recently lamented the diminished quality of patents in the US, is a frontrunner to be the next Director of the USPTO - perhaps he could comment on the patent-worthiness of this invention."
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  1. identicon
    Matt, 19 Jun 2009 @ 10:34am

    Does prior art in a work of fiction count?

    Picard:
    Computer, locate Lt Cmdr Data.

    Computer:
    Lt Cmdr Data is in his quarters.

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