[ic] Patent issues?
Mon, 8 Jan 2001 16:13:40 -0600
<<I was under the impress that they _had_ sued someone, Barnes & Noble (as
you said, someone big).>>
OOPS!! Too long ago for my aging memory! Egg on face. Sorry 'bout
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Doug Alcorn
Sent: Monday, January 08, 2001 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: [ic] Patent issues?
"Warren Odom" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Besides being novel (i.e., no prior use), patents have to be
> non-obvious also. In my book, Amazon's one-click is neither. Also,
> the patent holder gets the right to sue infringers, but in practice
> that may be problematic. Unless I'm sadly misinformed, Amazon has
> sued no one. If they did, it would be somebody big, not your basic
> mom & pop site. Then it has to go through the courts, etc. If
> Amazon should prevail in the test case (again, unlikely in my
> estimation), then you might have to pay them royalties.
I was under the impress that they _had_ sued someone, Barnes & Noble
(as you said, someone big). In fact, that is the reason for the
boycott (http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/amazon.html). Holding stupid
patents is only a reflection on USPTO. Enforcing them is a reflection
on the holder.
IANAL, but I say use the one-click if you want to. It's called civil
disobedience. This is a stupid patent. It is obvious even if there
isn't any prior art (which I'm sure there is).
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