Pretty much anything that's predictably repetitive can be automated. As such, we expect corporate lawyers to be replaced by shiny dull robots just as soon as AI advances sufficiently beyond Japanese pet translators. Robots... lawyers... oh wait. Anyway, ASUS has mechanically responded to IBM's patent lawsuit with a scripted suit all its own. ASUS claims that IBM is violating two of its patents related to server technology and storage on the Internet. That's two claimed violations against IBM vs. three against ASUS -- if this were a playground, IBM would win and ASUS would have to hand over its lunch money. Instead, this is big time patent law so it'll cost somebody millions and create months of distraction.