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

By Melissa Daniels (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 world, and his most recent post explained why IBM's patent shouldn't have been granted in...

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