Published on . has filed suit against, saying it illegally copied'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 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, 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.

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