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 Lobbying for software patents
The following are examples of IBM's pro-software-patent lobbying during consultations from patent offices, governments, and courts.
IBM were constantly in the European Parliament lobbying for software patents. (Can you help? Need to develop this and add refs; shouldn't be hard)
 Bilski at the CAFC, 2008, USA
 Bilski at the Supreme Court, 2009, USA]]
 Patent pledges
- August 2004: IBM pledges not to use its patents against the kernel Linux
- January 2005: Pledge of 500 patents to free software community
IBM's pledge has been received positively by the free software community, with Richard Stallman saying "These are but a fraction of IBM's software patents, but still it was a substantial step". It was however noted that the timing of this gesture seems to be part of a PR stunt to appease the free software community during the massive campaigning against the EU software patents directive.
 TurboHercules, 2010
- (See: IBM and TurboHercules, 2010)
In April 2010, IBM sent a seemingly threatening list of patents to the free software project TurboHercules. However, there was no explicit threat, and no suits were filed. This raised the question of whether IBM broke its 2005 patent promise.
 Selection of patents held
- Real-Time Validation of Text Input Fields Using Regular Expression Evaluation During Text Entry, Slashdot story, 2009
 Key people
- Fritz Teufel, patent department head of IBM in Germany and Europe
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