What's interesting is "what else" was going on around that time.
On May 7, 2009 , one got a look at IBM's US published application 20090119148, titled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ENHANCING PRODUCTIVITY, which included as Claim 1:
A method including:
defining, by a user, a time template including a plurality of predefined time intervals for scheduling meetings; and
applying the time template across a collaborative system.
On May 9, 2009, one had a post at slashdot:
Does anyone have a "reliable" source that says IBM fucked up?
In my little david vs goliath here, that's what I'm getting, and the page keeps being reverted. And here I'm thinking CowboyNeal is a reliable source...
In any case, if I lose, there are reliable sources for the "paper or plastic" patent [theregister.co.uk], the "but I only had soup" patent [informationweek.com], the offshoring patent [thestandard.com], the "who is going to poo next" patent [ito.com], the "terry is a boy, jeena is a girl" patent [slashdot.org], etc. And here's a comment on IBM's patent schizophrenia [blogspot.com]. And here's another comment on how IBM makes money by destroying value [halfsigma.com].
I have nothing against IBM or other patent trolls, I just want them to look in the wikipedia mirror to see if they are happy with who they are. This will only stop with a big streisand.
The slashdot post did not include OTHER discussions of problematic IBM patents and applications. Some mention on IPBiz includes:
IBM to withdraw second patent application on outsourcing (April 4, 2009)
And, of news coverage,