The IndieGoGo campaign for Operation Ninja S.T.A.R. has managed to raise $2,547 of its $17,500 goal, with 26 more days to go. Launched last week, Operation Ninja S.T.A.R. seeks to raise funds to closely examine a patent owned by Treehouse Avatar Technologies to see if there is any evidence that the invention existed prior to the patent application. Their ultimate goal is to render the patent invalid.
The patent in question, U.S. 8,180,858 covers technology behind assigning characteristics to gaming avatars. The project was put together by Article One Partners, who has been crowd-sourcing resources and experience with researching software patents for over the last five years.
If the project can raise the needed funds, they will be able to use those resources to identify patent evidence; put a team of analysts on to the task of reviewing any evidence they uncover; add the most pertinent evidence to a database; make that database available to those threatened by Treehouse for free; and give a free consultation to developers (with Article One founder and patent attorney Cheryl Milone) on how best to proceed with the evidence uncovered through the project.
If you want to contribute or learn more about this endeavor, visit the IndieGoGo page. Every little bit helps.