Patent trolls have shaken down crowdfunding sites in the past, but David Rose, CEO of Gust, fought back and won.
A patent troll is a company that buys patent rights, then threatens to sue a company that is using certain technology that may or may not infringe on that patent.
In this case, rather than going to court and fighting the demand, nine crowdfunding companies paid to settle the putative claims.
However, Gust fought back and the court found that computer implementation of an abstract idea was not covered by the subject patent.
This decision makes the world a little safer for innovation and technology.