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PC Week: Bezos calls for patent reform

Mar 10, 2000, 17:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Margaret Kane)

"Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, under fire for his company's patent policies, urged Thursday that the United States overhaul the patent process to reflect the different nature of software innovation."

"Amazon has been harshly criticized for weeks over a few controversial patents. The company is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Barnesandnoble.com over its one-click patent, which allows consumers to store data at Amazon's site and purchase items by clicking a button. The company was recently awarded a separate patent covering its affiliate-marketing program, which is similar to systems used by hundreds of Internet companies...."

"Many in the Internet community have called on Amazon to drop its patents, saying they violate the free and open nature of the Internet, a move Bezos rejected in the letter. "Despite the call from many thoughtful folks for us to give up our patents unilaterally, I don't believe it would be right for us to do so," he wrote. But he acknowledged that the current situation is not optimal."

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