are companies like Oracle , MSFT , INTC are mining a bottomless
pit of patent ???
again ,, IBM cannot be pigeon-holed as one of a sector
of companies .... they are sales people utmost ... and go
where the money is ...
stayed tuned for ownership(or stewardship) of the Cloud by
Big Blue .. money will continue to come in faster than it
can go out .. later .. garce
test me ... i never shilled anything ... i also try to be
objective on these boards , but do have posts that will
be one way or there other ..
i have long felt that when debating , or investing or almost
anything else for that matter ,one should be able to be both
supportive and destructive of both sides .....
i can certainly build a negative case for IBM , but why ??
i fully understand where the downsides can be , but overall,
IBM will continue to grow , the next time the market blows
up, IBM stock will lose it's fair share , then regain it
and more again .. it's just that the div won't grow much
and buybacks will continue to suck up a lot of cash ...
later .... garce
On ignore, you know nothing and only identify with Alliance values...a paid shill.
Please put me on 'IGGY', too! It will really, REALLY make me all pouty and I wills stamp my feetsies in frustration because of meanies like you that hurts my feelings!!!
Oh, about that light bulb thing,,, ZERO cuz it would involve an actual action instead of the usual empty rhetoric....
retired seems like a bitter old man.
Shareholder value is all I care about with IBM. If you were canned from IBM then I am sorry. You can find another job elsewhere. IBM will continue to go where the growth is, and if that means China, India, Africa...then so be it...
Sam is basking .. check the rev growth , earnings , margins,
acquisitions and such during Sam's tenure ... a large success .. Lou ain't bothered either ... today's IBM is his baby
that he was finally able to wean off of that old culture
that was strangling the company ..
as for T. Watson (both of'em !!) they are quite proud ,
the company is has grown fabulously since their times ...
for all of IBM's greatness , however , i am quite certain
that you will be able to bring it down with your bile ...
go find some occupy social blog and get them all ginned
up with your prognosis ...
IBM has held the most patents for the past 20 years. So, they sell some to Facebook, and make a profit. They will create more patents this year, and the rich get richer...
Interesting how terms were not disclosed...
Stick with a winner....IBM!
about 6 or 7 years ago , IBM made the decision to begin
mining their patent bank for $$$$$$ ...
historically , IBM either hoarded their patents , or virtually
gave them away(back in the days of anti trust threats) ...
sweat source of income , or leverage for partnerships ...
it's been about 12 years that IBM has led all other companies
each year.. and by a wide margin ...
later .. garce
note ... please know that many of the patents are "junk" ..
in other words not especially important to proprietary
processes , but many , especially with materials are absolutely key ...
I'm sure big blue's professional team evaluated whether they should keep or sell the patents, and probably made the correct decision. From a retailer perspective like myself, I would have thought IBM should have kept its patents and license them out instead.