Kiwi Peter Calveley has defeated Amazon.com, and the company's patent on 1-Click has been mostly turn up. Some background:
Amazon.com's 1-Click patent became famous when it sued rival bookseller Barnes & Noble.com in 1999. It alleged infringement for allowing B&N customers to make repeat purchases just by clicking on a product. B&N argued that the patent should be declared invalid but a court imposed an injunction, requiring it to change its shopping process. The companies later agreed settlement terms. Amazon.com has since licensed the patent to other retailers, including Apple.
There are 26 claims in Amazon.com's patent for Method and system for placing a purchase order via a communications network, better known as its 1-Click patent. Only five of the claims – numbered six to 10 – have been deemed "patentable and/or confirmed". Twenty-one others were rejected.
Read the whole tale: It's ridiculous what Amazon was claiming, and it makes you wonder who, exactly, Barnes and Noble hired to represent them in their 1999 suit. Calveley's blog is here.