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 @ 5:08am

    Re: LOL

    "We are only in shock because we don't have the guts to do things this obvious and silly."

    What you see with IBM is the fate of most large companies. They file minor patents because they are no longer able to produce significant inventions.

    Small business uses the patent system very differently.

    Ronald J. Riley,

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