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May 8, 2007

Amazon & IBM Waltz

IBM and Amazon.com inked a comprehensive settlement and cross-licensing of their respective patents, ending years of dispute. Amazon pays for the privilege.

IBM had sued Amazon in plaintiff-friendly Texas, asserting infringement of five patents. The maneuver was a bit unusual for IBM, which generally prefers negotiating licensing agreements. Amazon counterclaimed with two of its patents.

The recent SCOTUS ruling in KSR may have prodded the move. Business method patents, which Amazon holds chockablock, aren't worth what they used to be.

Posted by Patent Hawk at May 8, 2007 10:45 AM | Patents In Business