Today, Article One Partners announced the formation of a partnership with the Appsterdam Legal Foundation, a global trade organization for mobile software developers. Appsterdam Foundation attorneys and developers have selected AOP to conduct patent research, harnessing the global reach and highest-quality research of the AOP community. AOP will help Appsterdam accomplish a mandate of supporting ongoing innovation and business success in the mobile app development community. In addition, Appsterdam will include AOP in its best-practices approach to managing the ongoing patent litigation situation facing app developers today.
Mobile App Economy
The mobile app economy, which has created nearly 500,000 jobs in the United States alone, is seeing record growth. According to IDC, mobile app downloads are expected to hit 76.9 billion in 2014. Yet patent infringement claims are hampering the process of bringing new mobile innovations to market.
“Some developers are so intimidated by patent infringement claims, especially from non-practicing entities (NPEs), that they are contemplating moving offshore and no longer releasing their products in the United States,” said Michael McCoy, Chief Legal Officer of Appsterdam. “For some developers, it’s a better business decision to stop releasing apps in the United States than to face potentially massive patent infringement liability. That’s a real shame, especially for the development culture, which is driven by sharing and innovation. It is time to educate and empower developers — and keep the app economy going strong in the process.”
Partnership to Empower Developers
With this partnership with AOP, developers now have the ability to easily secure the patent research they need in order to stop non-practicing entities (NPEs) from undermining their innovations. The Appsterdam Legal Foundation, which has attorneys on staff, will help them accomplish the goal of continuing to innovate and bring apps to market in what can be a complex legal environment.
“Our partnership with AOP is a huge win for the developer community,” said McCoy. “Through AOP, developers can easily secure the information they need in order to move their products to market. In turn, those developers can use their own knowledge and unique resources to contribute to the AOP community. Just like the development community, AOP is a community-based network where the sum is greater than its component parts.”
“Appsterdam members now have the same ability to access patent data as our Fortune 100 clients,” said Cheryl Milone, founder and CEO of Article One Partners. “AOP is leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs and small businesses that comprise a significant portion of the mobile app development community. Developers can participate as AOP community members as well and can receive compensation for correcting the problem with which they are faced. In this situation, AOP brings our clients and our communities together to improve our patent system.”
Founded in October 2011, the Appsterdam Legal Foundation is a collective that provides mobile developers with access to educational programs, legal advice and other important resources. With close to 2,500 members, Appsterdam is seeking donations in order to meet a growing demand for full-time attorneys to help the development community navigate legal and business issues.