About Kevin O'Connor
Kevin O'Connor is the CEO of Graphiq (formerly FindTheBest) in Santa Barbara, CA. O'Connor has a BSEE from the University of Michigan. O'Connor was the co-founder of the online ad giant Doubleclick which was acquired by Google for 3.1 billion in 2007. He is also co-author of the book The Map of Innovation: Creating Something Out of Nothing. O'Connor and several other small companies were sued by Lumen View Technology LLC. Prior to suing FindTheBest, Lumen View Technology was able to successfully extortion quick payoffs for $50,000 from these small businesses for the patent they held for "System and Method for Facilitating Bilateral and Multilateral Decision-Making."
Due to his previous financial success, O'Connor decided to fight instead of rolling over when the demand letters were served. He pledged up to $1 million of his own fortune to stand up against Lumen View. With approximately $350,000 invested in legal fees, Lumen View was finally faced with a determined opponent. A judge overturned the "decision-making" patent and O'Connor was also the first patent troll defendant to be awarded attorneys' fees.