Amazon fights for patent on ‘one-click’ Web shopping – The Globe and Mail

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It may be hard, as more holiday shopping is done online each year, to remember what it was like in 1998, when buying something without rubbing shoulders at a mall was relatively new.

That was the year Amazon.com Inc. applied for a Canadian patent on its so-called “one-click” e-commerce system, which has since become a fixture of modern life.

The process – which the company had also patented in the United States – allows registered users to buy something with a single click of a mouse. Amazon’s system recognizes the customer’s identity and automatically recalls their address and credit-card information to complete the sale.

In Canada, that technology has been at the centre of a 13-year legal fight – over whether what is known as a “business method,” as opposed to a physical invention or machine, can be patented.

It’s a debate that goes to the heart of the future of patent law in the 21st century, when more and more innovation involves the virtual world of computer software instead of nuts-and-bolts physical machines. Intellectual property experts say the case is one of the most important in this area since the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against the patenting of higher life forms in its so-called Harvard Mouse decision in 2002.

via Amazon fights for patent on ‘one-click’ Web shopping – The Globe and Mail.

Strange Random Patent Quote:

“It is a most extraordinary thing, but I never read a patent medicine advertisement without being impelled to the conclusion that I am suffering from the particular disease therein dealt with in its most virulent form.” – Jerome K. Jerome

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