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by Mike Masnick

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.

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  • identicon
    Philip, 30 Nov 2005 @ 1:18pm

    Bound by a patent?

    1-click is a neat idea. Why does it have to be bound by a patent preventing anybody else from using it? /sigh

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    dude, 30 Nov 2005 @ 1:31pm

    No Subject Given

    I hate, Bezos and his patents, but 1-click patent is actually a *good* patent in comparison
    to many other patents issued by the PTO to MicroShit and other corps.
    It is a rather clever use of cookies - a concept they didn't invent but found a good e-commerce use for.
    PTO needs some serious quality reforms, but not along the lines most people here are thinking
    ("Kill patent trolls")
    Ideally each issued patent should be a valid patent describing a novel and non-obvious invention, and it should not matter who enforces this patent - an actual manufactirer or patent troll who bought it from original inventor and thus compensated inventor for the effort.

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    Gyrofly, 30 Nov 2005 @ 1:53pm


    It seems stupid that patents like this are allowed to exist. It's like the "Buy Now" on Ebay ...

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    Josh Tomaino, 30 Nov 2005 @ 2:05pm

    Patent Office

    1-click patent? Why not patent the task bar while we're at it? Is tabbed browsing patented? Someone should warn Mozilla and other browsers. 1 Click.. does this apply only to "left click" or "right click"? What about the middle mouse button? I bet that could have a 1-click patent assigned to it.

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    peter, 30 Nov 2005 @ 3:14pm

    dumb idea

    Personally I think one-click ordering is a bad idea anyway. One can inadvertantly order something that they don't want. It's a hassle to send it back, and even more of a hassle to get your money back.

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      AngloAfro, 30 Nov 2005 @ 5:22pm

      Re: dumb idea

      obviously you have NEVER looked at the patent. It's not one click and your screwed, think of it more as an email verification ordering system. You click "Order Now" on a website and amazon sends you an email confirming your order, you click confirm and your order is fulfilled. It's actually two clicks, but whatever, by validating to your email account you have the extra layer of security and you don't have to type in all of your payment option information every time you order a product. Yes it's very retarded to be patentable, but so are most of the comments about right mouse button clicking, inadvertant orders and zero click ordering.

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    Saucy Del Mar, 30 Nov 2005 @ 7:53pm


    what about 2-click ordering, does that have a patent yet? 3-click..

    how about the 1-click submit button I am about to use to post this comment.

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