Article One Partners Awards More Than $3 Million to Patent Research
Growing Client Demand for Prior Art Research Drives Increased
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 10/17/12 -- Article One Partners
(AOP), the world's largest patent research community, has passed more
than $3 million in financial rewards paid to its global research
community. This announcement comes just six months after reaching the
$2 million milestone in February. The need for high-quality patent
research continues to drive the growth of AOP as well as rewards paid
out to its community. Many of AOP winning researchers earn financial
rewards upwards of $60,000 annually -- more than the average American
Specifically, in 2011, 8% of Study Winners earned more than the
average annual income in the U.S. This trend holds true in Japan and
Canada at 6% each. While this is impressive, the rewards also are
highly compelling in emerging markets, such as India and the
Philippines where 24% and 44% of winners earned more through AOP than
the average annual income in those countries. While the job market
and economy may still be struggling, these earnings figures continued
to rise through the first half of 2012.
Financial Benefits for the AOP Research Community
AOP uses a
global network of more than 24,000 registered researchers worldwide
to quickly and efficiently uncover hard-to-find intellectual property
(IP) intelligence. Each research study varies; however, the typical
award per study is in the range of $3,500 to $10,000.
A payment to AOP community member Jesse Frumkin, a Ph.D candidate in
Computational and Systems Biology, marked the $3 million milestone.
To date, he has been awarded more than $15,000 in financial
incentives by participating in 21 research competitions.
"AOP provides me with flexibility, room for creativity and strong
financial rewards," stated Frumkin. "I am able to research on my own
terms and learn about new industries. While there are other
crowdsourcing opportunities out there, AOP is different because it
challenges me and financially rewards me more than other
To date, Article One Partners has issued more than 600 research
studies, utilizing its worldwide community that is represented across
AOP researchers come from all different backgrounds to
form a strong patent research community. Researchers range from
scientists, technologists and academic personnel to stay-at-home
moms, students and athletes.
Benefit from International Crowdsourced Research Community
behemoths such as Apple and Samsung to major brands like Honeywell
and Silicon Valley startup Nest, patent litigation dominates the
media airwaves. Additionally, non-practicing entities (NPEs), also
known as "Patent Trolls," continue to drive intellectual property
patent litigation to an all-time high.
According to RPX Corporation, "from 2010 to 2011, the number of new
NPE suits filed increased 82%... It is also important to note that
NPE activity is affecting a broader cross-section of operating
companies. In 2010, more than 2,800 unique companies were defendants
in NPE litigation; in 2011 that number had risen to almost 3,100. And
many of these defendants are facing repeated assertions -- some
operating companies were named in more than 30 NPE suits in 2011
With an international crowdsourced research community, AOP is able to
work with companies to quickly and efficiently uncover data that
either substantiates or discredits patent lawsuits. By leveraging the
AOP research community, businesses can focus on product innovation as
well as patent portfolio building.
"It is important for us to provide the best possible prior art we can
find for our clients," said Cheryl Milone, CEO and founder of Article
One Partners. "Since the AOP research community is educated,
international and multilingual, we are in a unique position to find
prior art in non-traditional literature that exists all over the
world. We are proud that global brands and even cutting-edge startups
turn to AOP for their patent research needs."
For more information on active patent studies and to learn how to
participate in AOP's research, go to
About Article One Partners
Article One Partners (AOP) has
revolutionized the transparency of patent data by using a global
human search engine to establish patent quality for patents involved
in litigation, patent applications and all stages of the patent
lifecycle. Today, AOP is the world's largest patent research
community. The company distributes requests for prior art research
globally to countless scientists and technologists. AOP is active in
161 countries, presents search requests in 10 languages and
identifies key foreign language evidence, textual, graphical and non-patent literature. The company is a partner to 16 Fortune 100
companies, 52 Global Fortune 2000 and 7 of the top 10 US patent
filers. AOP's client satisfaction rate exceeds 90%.
AOP has a distinguished Board, led by Marshall Phelps, the former
head of patents and licensing at IBM and Microsoft. Founded in 2008
by patent community leader, inventor and entrepreneur, CEO Cheryl
Milone, the company's product offerings have been called
"revolutionary" and "game changing" by leading authorities. In short,
many consider AOP to be the new industry standard.
Brigit Valencia and Lisa Wilson
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