The Amazon Patent Controversy
Following are links to the articles and columns published on
about Amazon's software patent controversy. At the
end of this page is a partial list of links to articles that appeared in
the mainstream media.
28 February 2000
3 March 2000
8 March 2000
- Pissing in
the Well -- Tim O'Reilly weighs in on the amazon.com
1-click patent issue and provides a model for sustainable web development.
9 March 2000
18 October 2000
- Amazon's Patent Reform Proposal -- In an
effort to respond to the hundreds of emails about the amazon.com patent
issue, Tim O'Reilly responds to the most common questions by answering a
couple of representative posts.
1 November 2000
Both Tim O'Reilly and Jeff Bezos support
a new Web site marketplace where people can post large rewards for
documents proving prior art on a patent, thus proving a patented
invention is not really new. Tim O'Reilly has posted
a bounty on Amazon's 1-click patent. Earn a $10,000 bounty by providing documentation
describing 1-click purchasing published before September 28, 1997.
7 November 2000
Patents: Disproving Idea Ownership -- The New York
Times reports on BountyQuest, an online company where people "can offer
rewards for information leading to the debunking of a patent." Despite
their disagreement over Amazon's 1-click patent, Tim O'Reilly and Jeff
Bezos agree that something's wrong with the patent system. And to help resolve
the problems, they've both invested in BountyQuest.
2 February 2001
Will the software patent reform site launched by Jeff Bezos, Charles Cella,
and Tim O'Reilly be used to subvert the patent reform process? Find out in
this Ask Tim.
BountyQuest Winners Receive $10,000
Each -- BountyQuest, the software patent reform web site founded by
Charles Cella, Jeff Bezos, and Tim O'Reilly, paid $40,000 in bounties for
prior art that casts doubt on the validity of patents held by Cisco,
Oracle, Intouch, and Walker Digital.
Following is a partial list of resources and media articles relating to