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[News] Businesses in the United Kingdom Could Not Give a Flip About Patents

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UK Businesses Indifferent to Intellectual Monopolies

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| The results of the research suggests that UK business simply doesn't think 
| intellectual properties are worth expending time and effort on, because they 
| don't really matter in this day and age. And, of course, they're not alone: 
| most young people would tell you exactly the same thing.   



Ninth Anniversary of Amazon 1-Click Injunction

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| Nine years ago Monday, Amazon kicked off the Holiday Season by slapping
| Barnes and Noble with a court injunction barring BN from using a checkout
| feature that Amazon said represented illegal copying of its patented 1-Click
| technology. 'We're pleased that Judge Pechman recognized the innovation
| underlying our 1-Click feature,' said Jeff Bezos in a press release. But an
| Appellate Court wasn't quite as impressed with Amazon's innovation...


Amazon patents 'customer review incentives'

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| The self-described patent reform advocates at Amazon.com don't seem to have
| broken their habit of putting legal hooks on just about anything they dream
| up.
| Last Tuesday, Amazon was awarded a patent for "creating an incentive to
| author useful item reviews."


Amazon Granted 1-Hour Offer Patent

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| theodp writes "Amazon was awarded a patent Tuesday for its Interactive
| Time-Limited Merchandising Program and Method for Improved Online
| Cross-Selling, which appears to be lawyer-speak for presenting customers with
| one limited-time offer after another until they finally bite on one or
| decline them all. So be careful - the next time you offer folks 10% off on a
| garden rake if they purchase it within sixty minutes after declining to buy a
| saucepan, you could be guilty of patent infringement!"



Amazon Sneaks One-Click Past the Patent System

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| By changing the word 'a' to 'the' and adding the phrase 'purchasable through
| a shopping cart model,' lawyers for Amazon.com have apparently managed to
| reinstate two of CEO Jeff Bezos' 1-Click Patent claims that were rejected a
| month earlier.

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