I received the following note about a contest from Patexia to find prior art on a specific patent. Given the critical problem of patent quality, where innovations that are low in utility, novelty and/or unobviousness are granted a patent statutory monopoly by governments, tools to invalidate poor quality patents are an important part of the solution.
If you have knowledge about this specific type of circuit, please participate -- otherwise spread the knowledge to others who may know, or generally use this as a tool to open dialog about the critical flaws in our current statutory monopoly series of laws.
I just wanted to take a moment to invite you to participate in the first expert-based crowdsourced prior art search contest at Patexia.
Patexia is offering a $5000 prize to the winner of a research contest involving charge pumps in voltage controlled oscillators. The goal is to find relevant, published material pre-dating a certain patent. This is not only a great opportunity to win money, but also to tackle a real company problem, showcase your technical skills, and gain visibility in the industry.
Also, if you think you know someone who would be interested, please forward the information as you see fit
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.