Amazon Patents Recognizing Top Reviewers

from the non-obvious? dept

theodp writes "Seems there really isn't anything you can't patent these days. It took seven-and-a-half years, but the USPTO awarded patent reformer Amazon.com a patent Tuesday for its invention of Creating an Incentive to Author Useful Item Reviews, aka Top Reviewers, a program that rewards those who have written as many as 17,308 free reviews with a free virtual 'badge'."


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    Marshall Kirkpatrick, Oct 3rd, 2008 @ 9:46am

    I'm never clear on the specificity of patents, but this one sure looks to me to be specific only to systems that use Amazon's formula of k(2(A+B+C)-(D+E))

     

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    Jonathan Lang, Oct 3rd, 2008 @ 10:28am

    Hasn't Ebay been doing that for quite a while longer than Amazon?

     

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    Greg, Oct 3rd, 2008 @ 10:33am

    Re:

    k(2(A+B+C)-(D+E))

    the square root of...

     

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