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Old 03-03-2017, 05:20 AM   #1
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LXer: IBM Shamed Into Giving Away Awful Patent On Email Out-Of-Office Messages


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You know, when you email someone and you get back a bounce that says the person is out of the office, and that they won't be reading emails (even though they probably are reading them anyway and probably will respond anyway, because, really, who goes off email these days?). Anyway, the application for this patent was filed in 2010, way, way, way after OOO messages were quite common... ... As the EFF notes, going over the history of this patent demonstrates why the US Patent Office is so bad at this stuff.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-39152322

IBM gives out-of-office patent to public

IBM has been granted a patent for its out-of-office email system but has promised that it won't enforce it.

The "invention", officially recognised in January, is described by the digital rights group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as "stupid patent of the month".
 
  


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