Amazon Patents Product Bundles?
from the oh-come-on dept
theodp writes “Apparently dazzled by examples that showed how to buy one’s mother a birthday present, the USPTO awarded Amazon.com a patent Tuesday for assisting a user of an item purchasing service in giving groups of related items to recipients.” Again, we have to ask how can this possibly be patentable? Basically, it’s a patent for link together a group of products so they can all be bought in a single bundle. It’s a nice idea, but deserving of patent protection? If I run a gift shop on the corner, and decide to bundle up a bunch of little gifts into a gift basket, can I patent that idea so no other stores can do the same?