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Kickstarter Wins Crowdfunding Battle


Kickstarter, a popular crowdfunding forum, has long had to defend itself and its practices in a four-year fight for a patent. Finally, judges have ruled in the company’s favor. In 2011, Kickstarter has been engaged with its competitor ArtistShare in patent infringement suit. Artist share claimed that Kickstarter (the inarguably more successful of the two) has infringed their patent. The sitting judge, however, states that “crowd-funding” is an abstract concept, and one that is “beyond question of ancient lineage” and that there is nothing about the patent that overcomes that ineligible concept. So, Kickstarter is essentially free and clear.