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Article One Partners Awards Research Community More Than $2 Million

Crowdsourced Patent Researchers Find Prior Art and Work-Life Balance (February 07, 2012)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/12 -- Article One Partners (AOP), the world's largest patent research community, today announced that the company has awarded more than $2 million in financial incentives to its global research community. AOP's researchers can earn annual salaries upwards of $60,000, gain control of their careers and experience work-life balance.

AOP's global network of experts, patent researchers, scientists and technologists uncovers crucial and hard-to-find Intellectual property (IP) intelligence quickly and efficiently for AOP's clients. Researchers are financially rewarded based on the quality of their findings. To date, Stacey Anderson-Redick, previously full-time in the education market and now AOP researcher, has been awarded more than $75,000 in financial incentives. Her recent award marked this major AOP milestone.

"Beyond the financial awards and total control of my career, AOP allows me to work from home and take care of my two children," stated Anderson-Redick. "I have incredible flexibility with my career and a dream job that challenges me intellectually every day."

AOP's researchers such as Anderson-Redick locate prior art, which is public information pre-dating a patent claim. On average, AOP Researchers receive between $5,000 to $10,000 per award.

"The AOP community is a virtuous circle," said AOP founder and CEO Cheryl Milone. "Our crowdsourced community of researchers takes the complications out of the patent system and is compensated for it based on merit. Many researchers' lives are being changed in the process. The level of trust in the AOP community mirrors the optimism represented by the act of invention itself. I feel honored to be a part of this company and its community. "

A Community of Educated Researchers

Among AOP's researchers are many scientists, technologists and academics, including Michael Risch, Associate Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law. Risch specializes in patent law, intellectual property and cyberlaw.

"AOP provides me the opportunity to help companies and law firms make more informed IP-related decisions by uncovering prior art that can either substantiate or discredit patents," said Risch. "Beyond academic research benefits, I also experience financial rewards through the AOP business model."

The Patent Research Revolution

By quickly surfacing prior art research, which is often obscure and hard to find, AOP is now making it possible to make IP-based decisions quicker than ever before. IP stakeholders can use this readily available and public information to make informed decisions about their business and product future.

AOP's revolutionary approach to patent research is the new standard for the most respected companies and law firms in the world. AOP clients include 18 of the top 25 companies most frequently targeted by non-practicing entities (NPEs), according to data from Patent Freedom, and 30 of the Fortune Global 500. Clients come from industries ranging from telecommunications, automotive, biomedical and pharmaceutical to consumer electronics companies and premier international law firms.

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. Today, AOP is the world's largest patent research community. The company has distributed requests for prior art research to more than one million scientists and technologists using a global online human search engine. AOP is active in 188 countries, presents search requests in 10 languages and is exceptionally successful in identifying key foreign language evidence, non-textual and non-patent literature. The company is a partner to 16 Fortune 100 companies, 50 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.

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