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    Online retailers take their case against patent abuse to the Supreme Court

    Seven web merchants have filed a friend of the court brief asking the high court to issue a sweeping decision against a kind of patent that, the brief says, amounts to a steep tax on Internet commerce amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Posted 10/02/2009Katie EvansPost a comment

    Seven web merchants have filed a friend of the court brief asking the high court to issue a sweeping decision against a kind of patent that, the brief says, amounts to a steep tax on Internet commerce amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • Business Unusual

    Whether you grumbled, yawned or crossed your fingers over the recent exploits of crackers, carders and thieves on the Internet, you have to admit that security has become the year’s sleeper issue. It’s time to wake up, if only because the potential cost in diminished public confidence is spread equally among Internet merchants. Even though security experts doubt these acts of vandalism will slow the momentum of online shopping, the Internet...

    Posted 02/09/2001Kurt PetersPost a comment

    Whether you grumbled, yawned or crossed your fingers over the recent exploits of crackers, carders and thieves on the Internet, you have to admit that security has become the year’s sleeper issue. It’s time to wake up, if only because the potential cost in diminished public confidence is spread…
  • No rubber stamp for software patents

    In a bid to defuse a potentially crippling explosion of Internet business-method patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month outlined a process to work closer with the e-commerce industry and improve patent screening. The plan coincides with the office being named one of two so-called performance-based organizations, a federal designation that will give the agency more flexibility in procurement, hiring and staff pay in exchange for...

    Posted 12/26/2000Don DavisPost a comment

    In a bid to defuse a potentially crippling explosion of Internet business-method patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month outlined a process to work closer with the e-commerce industry and improve patent screening. The plan coincides with the office being named one of two so-called…
  • Patents Impending

    First came the techies, then entrepreneurs and giddy investors. Now enter the patent lawyers, as Internet retailing heads to court over questions sure to split fiber optics and rock the Web’s open-source foundation, such as: Is one-click shopping intellectual property? In the information age, software means hard cash, much like the formula for Coca-Cola. And the business methods enabled by software are guarded like state secrets. These days,...

    Posted 12/26/2000Don DavisPost a comment

    First came the techies, then entrepreneurs and giddy investors. Now enter the patent lawyers, as Internet retailing heads to court over questions sure to split fiber optics and rock the Web’s open-source foundation, such as: Is one-click shopping intellectual property? In the information age,…

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