Amazon.com has filed suit against barnesandnoble.com, saying it illegally copied Amazon.com's patented 1-Click technology. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, alleges patent infringement and seeks an immediate and permanent court-ordered halt to the alleged copycat feature. It also asks for an unspecified amount of damages. First made available to Amazon.com customers in September 1997, 1-Click allows customers to shop without multiple steps or re-entering their shipping and billing information every time they buy. Said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO: "We spent thousands of hours to develop our 1-Click process, and the reason we have a patent system in this country is to encourage people to take these kinds of risks and make these kinds of investments for customers."
Copyright October 1999, Crain Communications Inc.