A winging Kiwi who was “Pissed Off” that Amazon took ages to deliver a book that he had ordered over the Internet is now trying to seek his revenge on Amazon by questioning one of their patents.
The unknown New Zealand actor Peter Calveley, sought the reconsideration in documents filed in February, pointing out that a patent for similar technology was issued in March 1998, about 18 months before Amazon’s.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is re-examining Amazon.com’s patent for
one-click'' online shopping at the request of a New Zealand actor who says he's upset over slow book delivery.</P><P>Actor Peter Calveley sought the reconsideration in documents filed in February, pointing out that a patent for similar technology was issued in March 1998, about 18 months before Amazon's.</P><P>Last week, the Patent Office agreed that Calveley had raised a substantial question about the appropriateness of Amazon's patent, documents posted on its Web site show.</P><P>Calveley wrote on his Web log that his crusade is revenge for anannoyingly slow” book delivery from Amazon. He used the blog to raise the $2,520 re-examination fee.
Amazon’s patent was highly controversial during the tech boom of the late 1990s, when several other online businesses claimed it was overly broad and that the technology wasn’t very original.
In 1999, Amazon obtained an injunction that forced rival bookseller Barnes & Noble.com to go to two clicks — first on the item, then a separate click that confirmed the customer wanted to buy it. That case was eventually settled out of court.
Calveley cited a 1998 patent for a system called
Digicash,'' by which people could purchase items online with a single click.</P><P>Amazon spokeswoman Patty Smith said the companyremains confident” in the validity of the patent.
“We look forward to working with the examiners in the Patent and Trademark Office, and we welcome the opportunity to revalidate what we believe is an important innovation in e-commerce,” she said in a statement.
Shares of Amazon rose $1, or more than 3 percent, to close at $32.61, in Thursday trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market.