Single Blogger Looking To Knock Out Amazon's One-Click Patent
from the prior-art dept
theodp writes “What does an annotated bibliography of every article ever written about Sandra Bullock have in common with the Amazon One-Click Patent? More than you might think. A lone blogger is seeking donations to fund his 1-Click Patent reexamination request, a surprisingly impressive effort, which cites an earlier patent and DigiCash as prior art. He also encourages others to disclose pertinent prior art before a reexam is ordered.” The blogger in question is looking for donations to pay the fee required by the Patent Office to re-examine the issue. You may recall that Amazon’s 1-click patent has been subject to plenty of scrutiny before, including being the key point behind BountyQuest, an organization founded by Jeff Bezos and Tim O’Reilly to explore prior art on various patents. BountyQuest eventually failed to find any reasonable prior art (they didn’t look into the obviousness question at all), eventually leading to the collapse of the organization. It’s unclear if the information this blogger has turned up was reviewed earlier at all. Either way, none of this explains why the concept of the “one-click” ordering should be patentable at all.