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"Oh, Yeah? Prove It!"

Bringing both sides of the patent issue together to find the truth about prior art

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This story appears in the July 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A major corporation claims to hold the rights to intellectual property you're using, and you're about to be sued. Call BountyQuest. For a minimum charge of $16,500, the company will investigate the patent's prior art, saving you the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to undertake a legal defense.

"For most entrepreneurs, patents are a double-edged sword," says Charles Cella, founder of the Boston, Massachusetts-based start-up. "We don't threaten entrepreneurs [who have] real innovations you can build a business around. But if you're threatened by someone else's claim to a patent, we can give you a silver bullet."

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