Amazon.com Sues barnesandnoble.com Over Patent
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Amazon.com late Thursday sued barnesandnoble.com, accusing the company of illegally duplicating its patented online shopping feature.
1-Click allows users to browse through the shopping site without requiring them to re-enter a separate shipping and billing section after each purchase, storing the personal information for an uninterrupted buying spree.
1-Click feature was added to Amazon in 1997, and the company won a patent for the technology last month.
Never shying away from a legal battle, Amazon has been involved in lawsuits with Walmart, a bricks-and-mortar bookstore by the same name, and an alleged cybersquatter in Greece.
The company could use to patent to pursue indirect competitors as well, according to Jeffrey R. Kuester, chair of the American Bar Association special committee on patents and the Internet, and partner at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley, L.L.P. in Atlanta.
"The patent looks like a fairly broad patent, one that Amazon is going be able to approach other folks just not related to book sales," said Kuester. "It makes more sense from a public perception standpoint at least for them to start with [their competitors] but there's no reason for [Amazon] not to go out and do that to protect their investment."