Techdirt is on holiday this Thursday and Friday. We'll be back with our regular posts on the weekend!Hide

Infosys Seeks U.S. Patent On Offshoring U.S. Jobs

from the will-that-exclude-others? dept

theodp writes "It's interesting to see that famed offshoring firm Infosys is now seeking U.S. patent protection for its Framework for Supporting Transition of One or More Applications of an Organization, which Infosys explains 'relates generally to the field of outsourcing or offshoring of one or more applications of an organization.' Prior to this invention, Infosys says it was necessary for a vendor organization to incur hefty visa and travel costs to allow a 'significant number' of employees from its offshore location to 'visit the client's location to interact with the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)' before returning 'to the offshore location to transfer the knowledge to the offshore team."

Funny. Wasn't it just a year ago that IBM was pressured to abandon its patent application on offshoring?

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Apr 12th, 2010 @ 10:17pm

    What further proof do we need to confirm patent filing abuse has gone completely out of control?

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  2. icon
    CMK (profile), Apr 13th, 2010 @ 1:54am

    Offshoring applicaions is NOT able to be patented

    I had this idea before this upstart company existed... and so did half the technically ept people on the planet. It's not open to patent. We need to stand up and declare such companies to be the cockroaches and bottom-feeders that they truly are.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  3. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Apr 13th, 2010 @ 3:35am

    Give them the patent if and only if they refuse to let anyone else use the technology and plan to enforce it with a vengeance.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  4. identicon
    Bhaktha, Apr 13th, 2010 @ 4:13am

    Idiocity check before filing

    Isn't there somebody in the corporate world (in this case IBM and InfoSys) who does cursory checking on the patents that are being filed ? How the heck in the world can you patent outsourcing when there are a million companies here in Bangalore exactly doing that ? Companies do spend significant amount of resources for filing a patent app (I know this for sure, I have a few patents awarded while working for large companies), thought there there would be some basic sort of filtering, especially from someone like InfoSys. I did read the patent application, this is an absolute shame.

    How about a fine by the USPTO for such sham patent apps ? Applications like this bring a bad name to the current patent system.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  5. identicon
    Ronald J. Willey, Apr 13th, 2010 @ 5:11am

    Never Met a Patent I didn't like

    This patent deserves protection in order to promote the useful arts and sciences. You all know this to be true. Without such protection, this company and others like it would certainly disappear from the face of the earth, never to be seen again and the subsequent loss of their contribution to the useful arts and sciences would be all your fault.

    Drooling on my own behalf

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, Apr 13th, 2010 @ 11:36am

    Bank of America already has this patent. I see prior art. Shell/HP/Dell

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  7. identicon
    Gana, Apr 21st, 2010 @ 12:07pm

    Not trying to defend but did you even read the patent completely "FRAMEWORK FOR SUPPORTING TRANSITION OF ONE OR MORE APPLICATIONS OF AN ORGANIZATION


    A framework for supporting transition of one or more applications of an organization is provided. The one or more applications are transitioned from a first set of users to a second set of users. The framework includes a transition module, a knowledge capture module, a knowledge validation module, and a collaboration module. The transition module generates one or more transition plans based on information corresponding to the one or more applications. The knowledge capture module captures a plurality of knowledge elements corresponding to the one or more applications. The knowledge capture module further establishes association between the plurality of knowledge elements. The knowledge validation module validates the plurality of knowledge elements and their association. The collaboration module provides collaboration between the first set of users and the second set of users during the transition of the one or more applications. "

    Infosys is trying to patent the methodology and not the offshoring itself!

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  8. identicon
    KS, May 30th, 2010 @ 10:19pm

    Bunch of fools

    There's yellow journalism and then there's a bunch of fools who vomit their 'opinions' based on this yellow journalism......if you guys are literate, please try to read the patent first......

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

  9. identicon
    George, Oct 16th, 2011 @ 6:15pm


    If it's this simple, I'm going to create a couple of patents myself

    Framework for taking food out of fringe efficiently: includes open module, withdraw module, place module and collaboration module.

    1. Open module: Technique of using mechanical by either automated or biological processes or electrical force to move refridgerator (here to referred to as "food storage device to make it sound more complicated) door in open position.
    2. Withdraw module: Combination of actions that lead to the withdrawal of object from food storage device.
    3. Place module: Using gravitational, frictional forces along with laws of motion to place object from food storage device to open or closed area.
    4. Collaboration consumption module: social or loner set of activities of consuming object from food storage device.

    I'm just trying to patent the methodology and not the process itself!

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Save me a cookie
  • Note: A CRLF will be replaced by a break tag (<br>), all other allowable HTML will remain intact
  • Allowed HTML Tags: <b> <i> <a> <em> <br> <strong> <blockquote> <hr> <tt>
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Hide this ad »
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Chat
Techdirt Reading List
Hide this ad »
Recent Stories
Hide this ad »


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.