Patents

Should Amazon.com be able to patent its “one-click” Internet shopping system? What they are asking for is a patent for a “business method”.

Initially, the Commissioner of Patents upheld a previous decision to deny the patent, which the retailer had been granted in the U.S. Now, a judge has disagreed, and the Patent Office has 30 days to decide if it wants to appeal.

Personally, I would vote no.

The decision must be based on laws that were designed when inventions were for items made from steel and wood, not the ideas of the 21st-century world of information technology.

In the United States there has been a flurry of business process patents, which has led to an increase in litigation, sometimes over “frivolous patents”.

Read more at the Globe and Mail.

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