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Monday, September 29, 2008

Patenting Patent Mapping?

Interesting note over on Slashdot regarding a recently published IBM patent application for "Methodologies and Analytics Tools for Identifying White Space Opportunities in a Given Industry". Basically it appears to be a method for carrying out the typical in-house patent portfolio management task of patent mapping, i.e., finding areas where no patents exist that may be exploited as keystone components for a particular industry. Although the author expresses the view that this seems counter to IBM's stated goal of increasing patent quality, it may simply be an expression of Big Blue's desire to become a more business services-oriented business.

1 comment:

Howard M. Cohn & Associates said...

This is cool really, however the cost maybe is also that high. To get all the information for a place is not that easy. Hoping that a normal person will be able to try it soon.