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IBM Files the Patent Troll Patent 109

An anonymous reader writes "It's all or nothing over at IBM as the company goes for the gold and files the patent troll patent. Forget the Hyperlink patent or the POS shutdown patent, IBM wants the patent patent. Its idea is centered around an approach to managing patents from inventor training to filing and protection strategies, including competitive monitoring. At least in theory, IBM could get approval to own the idea of how to manage patents and make a business out of IP. The next time you file a patent, you may want to contact them as you may need a license to file for filing."
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IBM Files the Patent Troll Patent

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  • by seebs ( 15766 ) on Sunday January 02, 2011 @02:23PM (#34738506) Homepage

    I was walking in an icy parking lot when it hit me:

    1. File a business method patent on "keeping a parking lot so icy that it's hard to walk safely in it."
    2. Sue people for violations.

    This led to my revised idea:
    1. File a business method patent on patent trolling.

    I thought I was joking. The thing is, if I blogged about it (and I may have), I wonder if it's prior art?

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