March 23, 2001

The verdict: Are patents misused?

Author: JT Smith

Upside: "In applying for patents for their business methods, as Amazon.com did with
its "One-Click" ordering system and Priceline.com with its
"name-your-own-price" technique, or for a vague technology device
such as NCR's portable handheld computer, the defendants were only
taking advantage of their lawful right to win control of an idea or invention."
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