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...

Filed Under: patent trolling, patents
Companies: halliburton, ibm

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    Ronald J Riley (profile), 5 Jan 2011 @ 5:01am

    IBM Dieing A Slow Death - In Decline For Decades

    While I was a hardware engineer first I started programming over forty years ago. At that time IBM was riding high. I was a teenager and worshiped IBM. As I became older I came to appreciate that IBM and for that matter most large companies had lots of warts. By the time I got out of high school I did not want anything to do with working for big companies.

    Look at IBM today, they are a ghost of their former self. IBM still makes a great deal of money but the seeds of their destruction have been growing for a long time.

    Today we see IBM following behind Microsoft like a puppy. For example, five years ago Microcrap demanded Patent Deform and a month later IBM was the second to make the demand. While IBM started as a real inventor and evolved to become a parasite over time Microsoft started as a parasite from the beginning. Today they both remind me of the ending of Animal Farm.

    Our patent system serves small and large entities alike, but they use the system in very different ways. Small companies build their fortunes on a small number of significant patented inventions while big companies file large quantities of marginal incremental patents.

    IBM is the king of massive patent filings, most of which a small entity would never consider.

    Microsoft, IBM and other members of the Piracy Cross Coalition want to cement their stagnate market positions by disenfranchising small entity inventors. That is the essence of Patent Deform.

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