Amazon Gets to Keep 1-Click

By  |  Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 10:58 am

Amazon’s 1-Click e-commerce patent–everybody’s favorite poster child for overly-broad patents that don’t actually foster innovation–lives. After a four-year investigation, the U.S. Patent Office has concluded that the somewhat more limited version of the 1997 patent which Google Amazon refiled in 2007 is legitimate. When will other shopping sites be allowed to let you place an order with a single click? 2017, when Amazon’s patent expires.


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4 Comments For This Post

  1. John Baxter Says:

    Or when the other sites license the patent, as Apple did long ago.

  2. Stilgar Says:

    Meh. Is 1-click nice? Sure. Does it keep me from buying from other sites? Not at all. Now if Amazon had patented the scrollbar or something more important I’d have something to bitch about.

  3. David Hamilton Says:

    Google refiled the Amazon patent did they? I knew that the Big G had a finger in every pie, but filing other people’s patents: Now that IS clever.

  4. Patrick Says:

    So evidently you can just add “with a shopping cart” to a dodgy patent and it’s OK. It’s like the old fortune cookie trick. I am going to file patents for every known invention and just add “while in bed” to the end.

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