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May 11, 2009


IBM's David Kappos, touted as a possible USPTO Director, testified in March before the Senate Judiciary Committee: "We believe the quality of patents issued in the U.S. has diminished, and that the substantial improvements needed to address this quality crisis are not possible without Congressional action." IBM appears to be doing its part in reducing patent quality. Its 2009/0119,148 application for "enhancing productivity" claims "1. A method including: defining, by a user, a time template including a plurality of predefined time intervals for scheduling meetings; and applying the time template across a collaborative system." In a nutshell: shorter hours to facilitate shorter meetings.

Lower productivity versions of the story: The Register; IPWatchdogg.

Posted by Patent Hawk at May 11, 2009 9:58 PM | Patents In Business


A few years back Greg Aharonyan conducted a comprehensive study of IBM patents and concluded that they are junk
I agree 100% with his conclusion, having studied dozens of IBM patents in my field
The most prolific "inventor" of 2005 (or 2006 - i don't remember exactly) was some IBM phd dude filing patent app each week (!!!!) on average for a year (with his team)
Can you imagine this? Every f****** week !!!

Like all corporate crooks Kappos is also a hypocrite

Posted by: angry dude at May 12, 2009 6:07 AM