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Amazon.com Settles Patent Lawsuit

March 7, 2002

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SEATTLE (AP) _ Amazon.com has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against rival bookseller Barnes & Noble’s online unit, ending a legal battle that began in 1999.

``This resolves the matter between the two companies,″ Amazon.com spokeswoman Patty Smith said Thursday.

The Seattle-based Internet retailer would not disclose terms of the settlement, which was filed in U.S. District Court here Tuesday.

In a lawsuit filed October 1999, Amazon.com of Seattle argued that New York-based Barnes & Noble’s Web site uses technology that was too similar to Amazon’s patented ``1-Click″ system.

Amazon’s system stores billing and shipping information so online customers don’t have to re-enter data each time they buy. Theoretically, someone can buy a product with just one mouse click. Barnes & Noble’s online subsidiary, barnesandnoble.com, uses a similar system, called Express Lane.

In the first step of the trial, in December 1999, U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman issued the preliminary injunction against Barnes & Noble. Barnes & Noble appealed, and a year ago another judge overturned the injunction, allowing Barnes & Noble to continue using its technology until the case could be heard.

The two online booksellers were scheduled to go back into court this month.


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