An earlier posting speculated that Dassault Systemes might come under patent attack by Worlds.com, which claims to have invented the idea of 3D online spaces in 1995. The patent troll's lawsuit against NCsoft is just the first, it threatens. Virtual worlds is the primary selling point for Dassault's V6 line of software.
But now Eric Krangle of Silicon Alley Insider reports a white knight is on its way. ArticleOne Partners "is offering a cool $50,000 to anyone who can offer proof in the way of prior art substantiating the virtual worlds idea existed prior to 1995."
It's Crowdsourcing vs. Lawyers. ArticleOne makes back the prize money by selling the proof to the litigant under attack or anyone else. I wonder if I could make $50,000 by showing that DWG existed prior to Autodesk?