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Wired: Bezos: Patents Were Self-Defense

Mar 05, 2000, 03:59 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Oakes)

"Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos says his company is patenting what critics charge are universal Web technologies as a matter of self-defense."

"That was one of the key points of a phone conversation Bezos conducted with technology book publisher Tim O'Reilly earlier this week. O'Reilly quoted Bezos in the written report of the conversation that Reilly posted late Friday afternoon."

"'Amazon started patenting because they realized that they would be under attack by players who might well one day be able to put them out of business," O'Reilly says Bezos told him."

"Amazon received... the second of two controversial Web patents it has been granted, last week. The so-called 'Internet-based customer referral system' allows 'associate' Web sites to market products for a second merchant Web site in return for a commission."

"Bezos promised O'Reilly that Amazon.com would only pursue major competitors for infringement of the patent, O'Reilly said."

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