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Big Bounteous Blue, or Big Bad Blue?
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| There we have it: "IBM is committed to ensuring that such technology is and
| remains patentable" - no two ways about it.
| But wait - IBM goes even further, claiming that software patents are so
| desirable in part because they actually *powered* the rise of free
| So, no, IBM, that's a load of cobbler's, and it's disgraceful you should even
| try to pass off this apology of an argument that patents are somehow
| precursors of true "free sharing" in a submission to a court considering such
| an important matter, for self-proclaimed selfish reasons. This is clearly an
| attempt to head off the criticism that software patents harm free software,
| the most vibrant sector of computing today, and should therefore be scaled
| back by the US Supreme Court. Cynical ain't in it.
IBM Patents Removing Leading/Trailing Blanks
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| theodp writes "With its example of how ' John Doe ' could be saved in a
| database as 'John Doe' (i.e., without leading or trailing blanks), purported
| patent reformer IBM dazzled the USPTO enough to earn Big Blue a patent last
| Tuesday for Automatically removing leading and trailing space characters from
| data being entered into a database system . The three IBM 'inventors' are
| also seeking a related patent for Retrieving data from a database system
| without leading and trailing space characters. Hey, if the patent system
| ain't broke, don't fix it!"
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