This Week S Amazon Patent Affiliate Programmes
Posted on 28 Feb 2000
by Oliver Lineham (olineham)
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Amazon have done it again, this time winning a patent on affiliate programmes.
This has been greeted with much protest from the industry, with many people wondering whether the granting of such patents might slow the growth of ecommerce.
Some protest sites of note:
Last year Amazon also won a patent on "1-Click" ordering (basically using cookies to fast-track the online ordering process). They consequently sued Barnsandnoble.com, a major competitor.
There is little debate - this is a serious issue for all entrepreneurs in the internet industry.