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IBM Patents Congestion Pricing

Via thenewspaper.com, here is another example of why patents on software and business practices should never have been allowed.

IBM has been granted a patent on a system which would monitor vehical traffic on the "premium" lanes of a toll road (presumeably using EZPass-type technology) and automatically adjust prices for those lanes to ensure they don't become congested.

Quite an innovation.

I'm going to sit down and write a script which uses information on housing prices and zip codes to advise merchants on how much to charge customers in those zip code areas. Then I can get a patent on price discrimination, too.


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I'd like to see this blog post more on Software Patent abuse. I'm a software engineer, and its pretty sad how patent trolls can enforce obvious patents. Then companies have to file defensive bogus patents on obvious techniques, because competitors are filing bogus patents.

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