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8/5/2010
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Alexander Wolfe
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Wolfe's Den: Mad Rush For Enterprise 2.0 Patents

Vendors are vying to lock up rights to the social-enterprise. Here's a selective look at cool patent tech from Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, OpenText , and SAP, as well as two surprising newcomers.




IBM's Offensive Content Catcher
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This invention is pretty much along the lines of "don't leave home without it." (Where it = Enterprise 2.0.) From the patent's description section:

"Conventional collaboration software solutions can require that two users be subscribed to a collaboration server and be online before collaboration communications can be established between the two. . .Requiring both users be linked via and IP network ignores many communication possibilities with mobile computing devices, which can be accessible via a mobile wireless network. That is, conventional technologies do not permit a user to initiate collaborative communications from a client computing device with a second user having access to a mobile computing device. . .The present invention provides a method, a system, and an apparatus for providing collaborative services to a mobile device via a wireless communication link."

Once you've got all your social workplace tools in place, the next question that might arise is: Can we be sure everyone is collaborating appropriately? Fear not; IBM has you answer. Patent application 20100175129, submitted on July 8, is "Method for Notification Upon Exposure To Offensive Behavioural Patterns In Collaboration."

Like the abstract says:

"The offensive content analysis system may measure the level of current offense in the communication and determine a historical offensive behavior pattern for the user. The offensive content analysis system may then determine if the offensive behavior, both current and historical, rises to a threshold behavior level. The offensive content analysis system may take notification action if the offensive behavior meets the threshold level."

The figure I've reprinted is a "block diagram illustrating a communication management system configured to detect offensive behavior in a communication and notify an enforcement entity in an embodiment of the invention."

Interestingly, the walk-through of the diagram says that a "guardian" (aka parents, shown as 302a; click on diagram to enlarge) "may be notified of offensive material being communicated to the guardian's child. The guardian may then take action to protect his or her child. " E2.0 collaboration for youngsters?

7) Resilient Goes Threaded

Here's a patent application a company out of San Francisco company and a couple of serial entrepreneurs with whom I wasn't familiar. The company is Resilient Network Systems which provides Internet-server identity and authentication services. The guys are Jonathan Hare, Resilient's chairman and founder, and Mathew Spolin, who is co-founder and chief technology officer of the mobile geolocation app startup DoubleDutch.

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