Article One Partners, L.L.C. (AOP) is a venture-funded online prior art search community based in New York City, New York. AOP provides crowdsourced prior-art-search services by utilizing an online research community. The companys President stated that, as of June 30, 2016, AOP comprises "more than 37,000 in over 170 countries." Since launching in late 2008, AOP states that, as of October 2016, it has rewarded more than US$7,487,672 to its researchers. AOP was founded in November 2008 by attorney Cheryl Milone. It was backed by venture capital firms Alleghany Capital Corporation, General Catalyst Partners, and the former head of intellectual property policy and strategy at Microsoft Marshall Phelps, with investments totaling $15 million by January 2013.