Patents asserted against Google, AOL, Yahoo and several others were suggested to be “one of the most obvious things out there” according to certain pundits (evidently date stamped repositories of all technical knowledge). On Wednesday we learned that, despite such protestations, proof of such obviousness was not as easily identified. Having failed to identify satisfactory prior art on their own, the defendants are now hoping
Article One’s crowdsourcing model can save the day:
The nine companies being sued for patent infringement by Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing are hoping for a little help from their friends. Digits has learned that Article One Partners, a company specialized in using crowdsourcing to foil patent suits, has been asked to find “prior art” that would invalidate those patents.
Just goes to show that it’s very easy, in hindsight, to suggest that something is obvious … proving it, however, is another matter altogether.
- Paul Allen’s Foes Hope for Help From the ‘Crowd’ (blogs.wsj.com)
- Don’t Fear The Licensor – Infringement Validates Importance Of Patented Technology (gametimeip.com)
- Allen v. World and Dog – First Amended Complaint (groklaw.net)
- An Examination Of Patent Sausage-Making (gametimeip.com)