Will IBM sue you?

They could, if your website engages in the following practices for which IBM claims U.S. patent [via Tim Bray]. My very unofficial layman's interpretation follows each one.

 

IBM is taking Amazon to court today in the U.S. for infringing these very patents. The fact that Amazon has has widely promoted its HP-based infrastructure makes the case all that more chilling. I don't begrudge IBM the fruits of their R&D when they develop something truly novel, but on the basis of these ludicrous patents, we are all theoretically at risk. A possible saving grace: the USPTO has granted remarkably similar patents to a slew of other technology firms, including Oracle and 24/7 Media, to name just a few...


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