Halliburton tries to patent patent trolling itself


16 Responses to “Halliburton tries to patent patent trolling itself”

  1. csh says:

    Come on – you think no one at Haliburton has a sense of humor?! Patent applications get filed without much review all the time and this fellow is taking advantage of that fact for a in-joke. Who the hell wouldn’t want that engraved plaque on their wall for having the actual patent on this process!

  2. Takuan says:

    bet the idea came from SAIC.

  3. Baldhead says:

    Never understood how a non- inventor patent was legal. A patent for saying “You know what would be cool? Rocket Boots.” And then getting money when someone actually makes functional rocket boots? Does this not sound like pure- grade BS?

  4. jonathan_v says:

    Ha ha ha.

    As an inventor and supporter of IP rights, the ridiculousness of this made my day.

    1- This is the exact kind of crap that is being thrown out by the Bilski decision ( re: abstract concepts / business methods ) — including the ‘performing research using a computer’ line, which doesn’t pass the machine or transformation test in the least bit ( ‘performing research’ is so abstract, and its a method ).

    2- It’s not even close to be novel.

    Halliburton must be swimming in no-bid Iraq War contract cash to waste their time on this bullshit.

  5. Takuan says:

    how China laughs.

  6. Bray_beast says:

    I had no idea that you could patent a business procedure. That is what’s going on here, right?
    And this is due to the “Bilski decision”?
    Looks like I got some internetting to do.

  7. AceJohnny says:

    No no no, you’re not seeing the positive aspect of this application! Once they get this patent granted, no-one (else) can be patent trolls anymore! It’s awesome!

  8. Phikus says:

    Just one more (hopefully last) attempt to say “fuck you” from our vampiric overlords.

  9. Tim says:

    There could be more to this than meets the eye. For example, one good way to keep things from being patented (world-wide) is to put it in to the patent prior art. One way to do this is to file for a patent and allowing it to publish.

  10. Red Leatherman says:

    I had no idea that you could patent a business procedure.

    Patent rights on seeds keeps coming to mind when I read this.
    The law stated that life couldn’t be given a patent at one time.

    It is just as likely that Halliburton can very well possibly succeed in securing this patent.

  11. Locobot says:

    Just wait until my company patents the process of patenting the patent acquisition and assertion process thereby adding a third (and certainly insurmountable) legal GOLDMINE!

  12. Simon Cameron says:

    This patent would be a wonderful idea, provided it was in the hands of a group which sued patent trolls.

  13. shutz says:

    #4 and #7 : We think alike. We should let this go through. If only one company can be patent trolls, things should go a lot smoother with the rest of the patent situation.

    Kind of reminds of one of last week’s XKCD strips:


  14. crashsystems says:

    After doing a little research, I discovered a connection between Halliburton and Microsoft:


  15. musofire says:

    While Halliburton is an Evil Corporation, this seems primarily intended to protect the corporation from patent trolls. If anyone patent trolls them, they countersue for violating their patent on patent trolling.

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