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6/18/2009 11:00 PM EDT
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re: IBM exec picked to head patent office
PatentGod   6/20/2009 1:10:16 PM
Of the reference to Joff Wild, Joff Wild in the IAM Blog could have been more specific about IBM's "airplane toilet queue" and "outsourcing method" applications. Even Jon Dudas was including the first queue patent in his talks, although he did not identify IBM by name. The patent reforming IP profs talk about the "method of swinging on a swing" patent (now gone and a gimmick in the first place by a patent attorney father) much more than about some of IBM's questionable applications, which are not gimmicks. IBM's posture on the queue and outsourcing matters, when they were exposed, was like that of a child caught with a hand in the cookie jar. IBM's strategy on patents is basically to obtain a lot of "little" (likely incremental) patents, and to threaten a potential infringer with a wall of patents, rather than with one, or a few, killers. In this, patents are not engines of innovation, but of gradualism. Patents as a defense of the past rather than pathway to the future. If, purely hypothetically, Kappos carried that vision to the USPTO, any changes as to "patent quality" would be more superficial than substantive.

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re: IBM exec picked to head patent office
moelar   6/19/2009 2:25:20 PM
Lemley knows nothing about patents. As below, Mr. Lemley is paid by those pushing patent "deform" and therefore biased ... © 2007 Mark A. Lemley & Carl Shapiro. We are grateful to Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Intel, Micron Technology, Microsoft, and SAP for funding the research reported in this Article. We emphasize that our conclusions are our own, not theirs. http://271patent.blogspot.com/2008/08/patent-reform-crawling-back-in-2008.html http://ipbiz.blogspot.com/2009/02/more-on-lemley-and-intellectual.html Based on his testimony to congress he backs the patent reform bill which has nothing to do with reform. The question is will he be his own man and strive to actually fix the patent office or will he use this as an opportunity to advance the agenda of large corporations like IBM in making patents the sport of kings, stifling innovation and plunging the country deeper into debt and depression? We will see. patent reform is a fraud on America... please see http://truereform.piausa.org/ for a different/opposing view on patent reform

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