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Amazon’s 1-Click Patent Rejected by USPTO

Posted in Amazon,Law by Elliott Back on October 17th, 2007.

The infamous 1 Click Patent which Amazon filed in 1997 was challenged by Peter Calveley, a random New Zealand blogger. His motivation to scrape together the $2500 fee to challenge Amazon’s 26 claims was, according to Ars, because a shipment took too long to arrive:

I wasn’t frothing at the mouth to destroy them. They deserve to be smacked down.

There’s a great article in the Sydney Morning Herald about Peter, who is a great example of a citizen using our litigious civil-suite global legal climate to get what he wants. Amazon taking too long? Take out their patents in an act of pure retaliation. Not being listed in movie credits? Sue the studio to get your name in.

However, in light of the current patent situation in the United States–see Patent Troll–guys like Peter Calveley might be the silver bullet. Much like Wikipedia took fact-finding out the hands of an elite circle of editors, these anti-patenters might take patent disputation out of the hands of the trolls.

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3 Responses to “Amazon’s 1-Click Patent Rejected by USPTO”

  1. My congratulations.

    I recall that BountyQuest.com (now defunct “new gold standard for prior art search” :) was formed by Bezos with Tim O'Reilly -
    the general public, typically people with no knowledge of patent law, were asked to submit prior art to try and invalidate the “One-Click” patent, amongst others. Nothing came of this (except for some additional prior art for Amazon to cite preemptively in future patent filings)…

  2. Patents are still the most useless form of intellectual property, IMO. They get abused far too often – why do you think the only ones who like them 100% are patent trolls and big corps?

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