The New York Times' Steve Lohr reports at the Bits blog that IBM is using Watson-style software as part of it's "Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform," a cloud-based service resulting from "several years of joint development between IBMResearch and four companies — AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DuPont, and Pfizer." Lohr says the platform "uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical jo

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