Injunction in Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com case overturned

The patent court case between online retailers Amazon.com Inc. and Barnesandnoble.com Inc. took a few steps forward yesterday when the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Barnesandnoble could continue to use the one-click system technology under contention until a full ruling is made in the case.

Amazon.com filed the suit against Barnesandnoble in an effort to defend its patent. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 in Seattle, Amazon.com said in a statement yesterday.

Amazon.com's patented one-click system enables repeat online customers to place orders without re-entering credit card or address information. Part of the patent covers the way Amazon stores bills and ships data. In December 1999, Amazon obtained a preliminary court injunction against Barnesandnoble that prevented the Amazon competitor from using the one-click system. Yesterday's ruling overturned that decision.

In March of last year, thousands of independent software developers publicly criticized Amazon.com, its president, Jeffrey Bezos, and the U.S. Patent and Trade Office for obtaining and granting software patents that critics said were dangerous.

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