Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, who basically sued the entire tech industry last year over patent claims, is about to get one of his big patents scrutinized by a crowdsourced study.
The study is being organised by NYC-based startup Article One Partners, which does crowdsourced patent research via a community of more than 1 million scientists and technologists around the world.
Article One Partners founder and CEO Cheryl Milone explains that the patent study is looking for “prior art” that provides evidence that a patent is invalid.
This specific study covers patent 6,263,507, which is owned by Interval, a non-operating patent front owned by Paul Allen. The patent is called “Browser for Use in Navigating a Body of Information, With Particular Application to Browsing Information Represented By Audiovisual Data.” It seems to cover very basic Internet browsing, and would be a huge coup for Allen if it’s proven valid.
Last year, Interval sued Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, eBay, Netflix, and other companies over patent claims.
Disclosure/plug: Article One Partners was the winner of our first annual Startup conference in 2009. We’re having another one on May 10 in New York City. Join us in person, or enter your startup into our contest! Find out more here.