February 15, 2001, 10:11 AM — The patent court case between online retailers Amazon.com Inc. and Barnesandnoble.com
Inc. saw some movement Wednesday when the United States Court of Appeals ruled
that Barnesandnoble.com 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.com in an effort to defend
its patent. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 10 in Seattle, Amazon.com
said in a statement Wednesday.
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 billing and shipping data. In December 1999, Amazon
obtained a preliminary court injunction against Barnesandnoble.com that prevented
the Amazon competitor from using the one-click system. Wednesday's ruling overturned
In March of last year, thousands of independent software developers publicly
criticized Amazon.com, Amazon.com President Jeffrey Bezos and the U.S. Patent
and Trade Office (PTO) for obtaining and granting software patents the critics
said were dangerous.