I am Marshall Phelps, former Head of Intellectual Property for IBM & Microsoft. I am now the CEO of Article One Partners, a crowdsourcing platform that helps fight patent trolls. AMA!”
Marshall Phelps here, looking forward to answering your questions. I am Skyping with my colleagues David and Sabrina who will help transcribe. Ask away, Reddit!
*I am the former Head of Intellectual Property (IP) for both IBM and Microsoft and current CEO of Article One Partners. My bio: https://www.articleonepartners.com/team
*AOP crowdsources patent research from 35,000 users in 170 countries. This intelligence is used to help defend companies being sued by patent trolls/ resolve patent quality issues.
*Patent trolls: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patent_Troll
*Prior art: This is what the researchers submit to our platform and helps invalidate a patent troll’s “claim” to a technology, described here by Tom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOVEHFnLwjM&list=UUTtkFseqonX8C2_Z9gE-O-A
*Info on the researchers https://www.articleonepartners.com/research-community/meet-the-researchers they are rewarded for the most useful references
*If you want to research click here https://www.articleonepartners.com/research-community/become-a-researcher
EDIT: Thank you Reddit for the excellent questions. There are still so many good ones left unanswered, so we will have our CPO Peter Vanderheyden "PeterVanderheyden" answer a few of the ones Marshall couldn't get to. His bio: https://www.articleonepartners.com/team