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Study Types

Types of Studies on Our Site

Article One offers a wide variety of Studies. While the types of these Studies are designed to address the different needs of our Clients, they are also structured to suit the diverse preferences of Researchers regarding the research type, level of participation, and Reward amount.

CrowdSearch Study

CrowdSearch (CS) Studies are the most common on our site.  These Studies are open to all Researchers and typically have the largest Rewards.

  • Type of Research: Prior Art, State of the Art, or Trademark (More Info)
  • Community Participation: Public – Open to all Researchers
  • Study Duration: Typically five weeks
CrowdSearch Mini Study

CrowdSearch Mini (CS Mini) Studies are small search contests where selected Researchers compete for the stated Reward. Given the smaller contest format, this Study type offer a high chance of winning Rewards to Researchers who consistently perform well in our Studies.

  • Type of Research: Prior Art, State of the Art, or Trademark (More Info)
  • Community Participation: Private – Selected Researchers are invited, and the first ten to accept the invite compete. (Same selection criteria as Experts)
  • Study Duration: Typically three weeks
  • Reward: For a $2,000 Study – One Winner of $1,600 and $20 each for up to 20 in-scope submissions
ExpertSearch Study

ExpertSearch (ES) Studies are in-depth searches where selected Researchers, known as Experts, earn guaranteed Rewards for their high-quality research. Experts are selected and invited to participate based on their performance in previous Studies. Each Expert is expected to complete five to ten hours of in-depth research.

  • Type of Research: Prior Art, State of the Art, or Trademark (More Info)
  • Community Participation: Private – Two or four selected Researchers (Experts)
  • Study Duration: Ten business days
  • Reward: $300 guaranteed Reward per Researcher and additional $400 (total of $700) for one or two Winners
FlashSearch Study

FlashSearch (FS) Studies are short, high-level searches where a subset of the Community can compete for smaller Rewards within a shorter timeframe.  Researchers are selected and invited to participate based on their performance in previous Studies. Each Researcher is expected to complete 30 minutes to two hours of high-level research.

  • Community Participation: Private – Ten Researchers
  • Study Duration: 48 hours
  • Reward: Four out of the ten participants win $100 each.
Claims Mapping Study

Mapping Studies ask Researchers to match the elements of a patent claim to either a technology standard or to a product.  Like CS Studies, this Study type is open to all Researchers. For more information about participating in Claims Mapping Studies, please refer to this page.

  • Type of Research: Claims Mapping (More Info)
  • Community Participation: Public – Open to all Researchers
  • Study Duration: Varies
  • Reward: $500 for the Winner of a Patent-to-Product Claims Mapping Study or $1,500 for the Winner of a Patent-to-Standards Claims Mapping Study
Survey Study

Survey Studies ask Researchers to report specific information about particular products or technologies in the market.  Like CS Studies, this Study type is open to all Researchers.

  • Community Participation: Public – Open to all Researchers
  • Study Duration: Varies
  • Reward: Varies