IBM Gives Up Out-Of-Office Email Patent EFF Called 'Stupid'

Law360, Los Angeles (March 2, 2017, 10:51 PM EST) -- IBM gave up its rights to a weeks-old patent on an out-of-office email system on Wednesday after the Electronic Frontier Foundation dubbed it the “Stupid Patent of the Month” for being abstract, obvious and “absurd.”

IBM filed a disclaimer that dedicated the claims of the patent to the public one day after EFF staff attorney Daniel Nazer highlighted eligibility concerns about it in a blog post. Nazer contributes to EFF's monthly "Stupid Patent of the Month" series looking at problematic patents and issues in the IP...
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