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October 23, 2006

Another Brick in the Paten Wall: IBM Sues Amazon

IBM sued Amazon today over patents that IBM says are a big part of Amazon's operation.  Among the claims are the ability to order items from an electronic catalog and the technology used to make recommendations to customers.  This describes technology used at virtually every e-commerce store, although IBM has been successful at licensing their patents with other vendors.  IBM says they informed Amazon of the infringing behavior four years ago and that Amazon has shown no interest in addressing the issue.  Amazon did not issue any comment about the suit.  IBM should feel safe in assuming that a complaint in federal district court in Texas probably got Amazon's attention.  Damages were not specified according to news reports. 

More details are at USA Today, the Seattle Post Intelligencer, Business Week, and the International Herald Tribune.

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