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Salon: Patently Bezos

Mar 16, 2000, 20:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Damien Cave)

"The Amazon CEO's plan for patent reform is not all new, but it's not all bad, either."

"When Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos laid out his proposals for reforming the patent system last week, patent experts reacted with the same lack of enthusiasm the bookseller's competitors showed when it won a patent on its customer-referral program. After all, Bezos' plan, like some of his company's e-commerce patents, did not sound all that novel to people familiar with the subject...."

"In a 1994 Columbia Law Review article titled "A Manifesto Concerning the Legal Protection of Computer Programs," Pamela Samuelson, an intellectual-property expert and law professor at University of California at Berkeley, called for a new kind of legal structure to protect software developers' rights -- something more protective than copyright law, but less so than traditional patents. Essentially, Samuelson argued that the strong, wide protection of patents threatened to hinder technical advances in the field...."

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