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[News] How IBM Uses Intellectual Monopolies to Exploit the Little Guy

  • Subject: [News] How IBM Uses Intellectual Monopolies to Exploit the Little Guy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 10:56:16 +0100
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Loganâs Run

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| IBMâs greatest threat is its ability to stifle 
| innovation.  The way the company is off-shoring jobs 
| and minimizing the value of its support workers 
| demonstrates this.  The threat will be when a group of 
| smart folks in China or India realize how things could 
| be done better, then starts taking work away from IBM.  
| They will have access to an army of IBM foreign 
| workers, too, who will bring customer contacts with 
| them.
| On the other hand, this application is also typical of 
| an IBM patent.  There are many aspects to implementing 
| such a training process â data gathering, information 
| management, software, hardware, etc. â and IBM has 
| patented every part.  So if anyone makes a something 
| similar, IBM could sue.  If you create gaming software 
| to teach almost anything to almost anyone, this patent 
| may trump you.


Patent Troll Tracker Trial: Defamation Or A Chance To Silence A Voice Some Patent Lawyers Didn't Like

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| As you hopefully recall, back in late 2007, a 
| wonderful, informative and useful blog suddenly popped 
| up on the scene, highlighting some of the worst abuses 
| of the patent system by shell corporations suing 
| companies that were actually innovating.



IBM Wants Patent On Conference Call Laugh Tracks

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| theodp writes "The first known use of a recorded laugh
| track is said to be in 1950, when the producers of the
| Hank McCune Show added canned laughter after the show's
| taping. Almost 60 years later, IBM says it deserves a
| patent for 'inventing' adding canned laughter to
| conference calls. 'A pre-selected stored sound (e.g.,
| an interjection such as a laugh) may be generated if
| there is a period of silence on one of the telephone
| lines that exceeds a threshold,' explains Big Blue in
| its just-published patent application for Enlivening
| Conference Calls to Make Conference Calls More
| Interesting for Participants. Eureka!"


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| In its Amicus Brief to the US Supreme Court on the Bilski case, IBM is
| arguing that "patent protection has promoted the free sharing of source code
| [...] which has fueled the explosive growth of open source software
| development."
| [...]
| Read also page 42 of the IBM letter:
|     In addition, disclosure of software inventions promotes collaboration
|     among software developers (such as open source development)
| Insane.


IBM flings FUD at Neon zPrimers

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| Â50 cash back & Â50 off selected Toshiba laptops
| As El Reg anticipated when the zPrime mainframe acceleration software tool
| was announced by Neon Enterprise Software, the tool has not only gotten the
| attention of IBM, but has compelled Big Blue to warn its customers about
| using it.

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