Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Amazon 1-Click patent under scrutiny

Amazon has for some 7 years held a patent covering its 1-Click system, which allows an existing customer of Amazon to buy something from the site with a single click. Amazon is keen to keep this system to itself, which was demonstrated when it took Barnes & Noble to court for trying to use a similar implementation of the system.

Now, it seems the patent may be in jeopardy due to the efforts of Peter Calveley, a motion capture actor who is credited on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Calveley has experience in patent law and through his blog has managed to raise over US$2,000 to contest the patent. He is arguing that the patent is too broad and that a similar patent was issued before Amazon got the 1-Click patent.

Although only a first step, Calveley has raised enough questions that the U.S. Patent Office has now decided to re-examine the patent awarded to Amazon.

Read more at ZDNet.

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