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The New York Times/CNET News: IBM Looks for Profit in Free Patents

Apr 11, 2005, 13:45 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lohr)

"IBM is renowned for its rich storehouse of patented inventions. It once again led the research sweepstakes in America last year, collecting 3,248 patents, more than any other company. And it earned more than $1 billion last year from licensing and selling its ideas.

"So why has IBM shifted course recently, giving away some of the fruits of its research instead of charging others to use it? The answer is self-interest..."

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