Just three months after it launched in the fall of 2000, BountyQuest.com, a self-described “patent-busting” Web site, declared itself a success. In January 2001 it awarded four $10,000 prizes to individuals who had presented evidence that BountyQuest believed would successfully undermine a set of specific patent claims.

Now, one year later, BountyQuest’s supposed patent-busting experiment appears to have itself gone bust. More about the patent wars here.