Maybe IBM could also patent its strategy for obfuscating layoff details. See the full post for more context-setting.
In The Industry Standard, there's an article about how IBM is trying to patent a "method and system for strategic global resource sourcing." Gotta love that phrase. But what I found interesting was this snippet further down in the article:
Project Match, an IBM offshoring initiative the Standard reported on last month, offers U.S. employees the chance to stay with IBM by relocating to another country, to work in an IBM regional division at local wage rates. IBM has roughly 400,000 employees in 170 countries. As of early February, fewer than ten employees had shown interest in the program.