Canadian Court Says Amazon's One-Click Patent Should Be Allowed
from the one-click-to-patent-insanity dept
Ah, Canada. We thought you were so reasonable last year when your Patent Appeal Board rejected Amazon's one-click patent north of the border, and said that it wasn't in favor of either software or business method patents, stating:
"since patenting business methods would involve a radical departure from the traditional patent regime, and since the patentability of such methods is a highly contentious matter, clear and unequivocal legislation is required for business methods to be patentable."
Of course, Amazon appealed, but who would go against such a reasonable argument? The Canadian courts apparently. A Federal court judge in Canada has ruled that the one-click patent should be allowed, as should business method patents. Apparently, someone hasn't been paying attention to the disaster that is business method patents south of the Canadian border. While the judge quotes liberally from patent laws around the world, he does not seem to take into account how much damage such patents do. It's a shame.
Of course, the real shame here is Amazon's decision to fight for what it knows is a ridiculous patent that should not exist. It's sad. The company has the opportunity to be a real leader in condemning bad patents, but instead seems to want to expand the concept of bad patents to other countries.