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IBM Files Application to Patent The Patent Process

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Reading through IT patents these days requires patience and tolerance. When you can patent common sense, there is clearly something wrong with the system. But as long as no changes are being made, you are inviting people to exploit what is available and IBM has just demonstrated what may be possible, if one of their most recent patent applications is accepted by the USPTO.

The company felt it would be beneficial to patent the patent strategy process all the way from training inventors, to competitor monitoring and protecting (i.e. suing someone) a patent from infringement. This patent does not describe anything new, but a strategy that is being pursued by anyone who owns a patent and especially patent trolls or people like Paul Allen, who is just taking another shot at suing Google for patent infringement.

The patent application could mean that IBM in fact is working on a software that automates patent management or the company simply felt it was necessary to patent the idea of filing a patent and treating it in the way it could be considered common sense. It is especially revealing how much focus the inventor put on a "defend" module that implies a lawsuit strategy. It would take a genius to figure that out.   

Reading through this patent is a good lecture how a patent these days should not look like. IBM is the natural place for this idea as there is no other company that files for as many patents (and receives as many patents) as IBM does. But if the patent idea gets approved, it may not go down so well with virtually every other individual or company that files a patent as the simple filing process and even the ownership and management of a patent could be violating IBM's patent.  

Perhaps IBM isn't serious about this patent and simply tries to be funny.  

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    Zoidman , January 3, 2011 9:50 PM
    This is frightening... This system MUST be fixed.
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    milktea , January 3, 2011 9:52 PM
    Maybe I should file a patent on how to patent a patent process. :D 
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    jskilnyk , January 3, 2011 9:53 PM
    I don't think there is any chance that this will come to pass. But, then again i've seen out patient system to much worse...
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    jerreece , January 3, 2011 9:58 PM
    LOL This is getting silly. Apple should patent the process by which a programmer writes apps. In other words, they should patent nerds behind a desk typing code.

    Then Blizzard should patent the playstyle of WoW players. In other words, scrawny nerds in white "muscle" shirts sitting at desks covered in empty Mountain Dew bottles/cans who haven't showered or combed their hair in days.

    Once they're all done, I will patent the template used for filing a lawsuit against someone who you feel has violated your patent.
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    DM0407 , January 3, 2011 10:02 PM
    Quote:
    Once they're all done, I will patent the template used for filing a lawsuit against someone who you feel has violated your patent.


    Quote:
    The company felt it would be beneficial to patent the patent strategy process all the way from training inventors, to competitor monitoring and protecting (i.e. suing someone) a patent from infringement.
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    el_bastardo74 , January 3, 2011 10:27 PM
    hmmm...i could get very rich by patenting mental masturbation. this is all i am seeing in the industry now days
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    joytech22 , January 3, 2011 10:40 PM
    I should patent breathing, I'd be the richest moron out there.
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    maestintaolius , January 3, 2011 10:45 PM
    milkteaMaybe I should file a patent on how to patent a patent process.

    No no, the key here is to file a patent on how to fix the patent process first and have outrageous licensing fees so no one can fix the patent process without paying you enormous sums. Then you start making the patents that game the system.
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    christop , January 3, 2011 10:51 PM
    Say what??
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    bebangs , January 3, 2011 11:00 PM
    seems like everything should be patented these days.
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    sykozis , January 3, 2011 11:12 PM
    Soon, we'll all be paying Apple, IBM, Microsoft, Google, AMD, Intel and nVidia...just for being alive...
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    arlandi , January 4, 2011 12:08 AM
    sick world we live in...

    anyone interested in trademarking the word "patent"??
    or how a human being make a logical thinking??
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    fstrthnu , January 4, 2011 12:35 AM
    Well well, how are we going to process the patent to patent the patent process? XD
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    dogman_1234 , January 4, 2011 12:39 AM
    Patenet the patent the who what of a what what?

    I have an Idea...let's fry the patent system and stick to trademarks. Ideally, in thought though, trademarks are much more beneficial and more innovative than a patenet. A patenet says "Mine", the trademark says "Recognize me a the origianl and I will pat you on the back."

    I am not saying it si right...just a Theory...and no one should use it against me.
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    11796pcs , January 4, 2011 12:47 AM
    According to Wikipedia a patent is:

    A set of exclusive rights granted by a state (national government) to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for a public disclosure of an invention.

    Let's all just patent the obvious. IBM isn't inventing anything but a headache.
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    ProDigit10 , January 4, 2011 1:04 AM
    Why don't we invent a system that pays me instead of the inventors for inventions?

    I'll patent that!
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    tsnor , January 4, 2011 1:54 AM
    fix it. peer review patents.

    http://www.peertopatent.org/
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    gmarsack , January 4, 2011 2:27 AM
    I will patent the thinking process and license all thought on the cheap.
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    mr_tuel , January 4, 2011 3:19 AM
    Well I will patent dreams and the REM sleep process.
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    kelemvor4 , January 4, 2011 3:31 AM
    I'm going to patent living. If you want to live, you've got to pay me royalties.
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