Being innovative is key at IBM. We are encouraged to submit our ideas to the patent review process. It only takes a couple of hours to write up an idea describing a problem and the novel solution. The idea write-up then goes to a patent board with people "knowledgeable" in the art. It your idea is novel, it is whisked off to the attorneys who take your geek-speak and translate it into legalese. After signing a few forms, the patent application is sent off to the US Patent Office.
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