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Can Watson’s Mega-Brain Help Rid the World of Patent Trolls?

IBM’s Watson is most famous for handing Ken Jennings his ass on Jeopardy, but since then the supercomputer’s talents have been used to help doctors diagnose and treat disease. But Watson’s greatest trick might still be ahead of it: beating back the scourge of patent trolls.

A key part of Watson’s medical mission is the scanning and cataloging of millions of drug discoveries buried in medical journals and patents. Through IBM’s Strategic IP Insight Platform, Watson has cataloged some 2.5 million chemical compounds. IBM has donated the database to NIH, which is a boon to scientists all over the world because it includes troves of otherwise hard to find information about expired patents.

But as ExtremeTech suggests, there’s no reason the technology should be limited to medical patents when it could be used to go through all patents.

(via smarterplanet)

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