PATENT LAW 101

Kickstarter Wins Small Victory in Patent Lawsuit With 2000-Era Crowdfunding Site

(xkcd.com)

Kickstarter just had a small victory in a lawsuit filed to shake loose what it considers an attempted patent troll. ArtistShare, a site that was founded in 2000 in order to let fans fund creative projects, had been hoping to get some compensation out of Kickstarter. Instead, the three-year-old Kickstarter took them to court—not what ArtistShare wanted. And last month in a New York court, a judge denied a motion to dismiss filed by ArtistShare.

In the denial of the motion to dismiss, a judge wrote that “there is a sufficient controversy between the parties that is both immediate and real.” That means the court will consider Kickstarter’s request for a definitive judgment on the validity of a crowdfunding patent owned by ArtistShare. Read More

Patently Absurd

Kickstarter Sues Patent Troll Who Claims To Have Invented Crowdfunding

You'll be funding my next project, like it or not

As first reported by PaidContent, Kickstarter is embroiled in a legal battle with musician and entrepreneur named Brian Camelio, who’s notable achievements include playing on a Journey record. In their claim, Kickstarter says Mr. Camelio has shown up multiple times to demand they pay to license his technology. He currently runs the site ArtistShare, where users can contribute to musicians and participate in the creative process. He obtained a patent for this process earlier this year. Read More