"OpenTV is the latest to file for patent rights to the
"one-click" shopping tool that Amazon has fought so bitterly over
with Barnesandnoble.com (nasdaq: BNBN). This dispute between the
Web's two biggest booksellers is still in litigation.
Barnesandnoble.com has been barred from using the technology since
a U.S. District Court issued an injunction against the company in
"In late September OpenTV applied to the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office to broaden the scope of a patent originally
awarded to the company in 1998 so it includes "one-click" shopping.
This tool lets repeat customers make purchases without having to
re-enter address and credit card information each time. Amazon
first made one-click shopping available on its site in September
1997 and was awarded the patent for it in September 1999."
"Should the Patent Office decide in OpenTV's favor, Amazon
could be forced to either pay licensing fees for one-click shopping
or abandon it altogether. Ironically, that's the same position
Amazon has been trying to put Barnesandnoble.com into for the past