Hey, the Europeans may be as dumb as the Americans when it comes to granting patents.
The European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich has recently granted a patent to Amazon which covers all computerised methods of automatically delivering a gift to a third party. This patent is a descendant of the famous "Amazon One Click Patent" granted in the USA, but with a broader claim scope than the original US version.
Read the rest of it.
Yeah. There's no prior art for giving gifts electronically, right?
I have a lot of respect for Amazon. I know good people at Amazon. I shop there more often than Yahoo! Shopping. But, damn, sometimes I really wonder.
Thanks to Justin for the link.
Posted by jzawodn at August 18, 2003 08:30 PM