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ZDNet: Old ally slams Amazon on patent filings

Mar 01, 2000, 04:55 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Lemos)

"The cyber giant finds itself in the center of a growing storm as companies rip its proprietary patent claims."

"Online retailer Amazon.com Inc. came under increasing pressure Tuesday to back off from patent claims on "obvious" business ideas."

"This time the criticism came from an old ally, Timothy O'Reilly, president and CEO of computer book publisher O'Reilly & Associates."

"In an open letter to Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN), O'Reilly criticized the company for patenting ideas that he said were as obvious as '1-click ordering' and an 'affiliate program.'"

"'Once the Web becomes fenced in by competing patents and other attempts to make this glorious open playing field into a proprietary wasteland, the springs of further innovation will dry up,' O'Reilly wrote. 'In short, I think you are pissing in the well.'"

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