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IBM Files Application to Patent The Patent Process

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.  

  • Zoidman
    This is frightening... This system MUST be fixed.
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  • milktea
    Maybe I should file a patent on how to patent a patent process. :D
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  • jskilnyk
    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
    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
    Once they're all done, I will patent the template used for filing a lawsuit against someone who you feel has violated your patent.

    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
    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
    I should patent breathing, I'd be the richest moron out there.
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  • maestintaolius
    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
    Say what??
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  • bebangs
    seems like everything should be patented these days.
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