July 16, 2010

Amazon Sued For Kindle Infringement

A patent infringement suit was filed on Wednesday against Amazon.com in what Discovery Communications calls a "procedural move and not a new lawsuit."

Reuters reported early Thursday that Discovery Communications filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Amazon of infringing on its patents that cover electronic book delivery and security procedures.

Discovery said the lawsuit was previously filed on March 17, 2009. It said it had recently moved its patents to a separate corporate entity and Wednesday's complaint reflected that move.

Discovery owns several educational cable TV stations, such as the Discovery Channel, Health Channel and Animal Planet.

The new procedural move was "brought because the patents at issue in the original lawsuit were recently assigned to Discovery Patent Holdings LLC," said a spokeswoman for Discovery.

The patents Discovery is alleging Amazon infringed on are from 1999 and 2007. It is accusing Amazon.com of infringing the patents with its website and Kindle electronic book reader.

The original case is Discovery Communications Inc v Amazon.com Inc U.S. District Court, District of Delaware, No. 09-00178.


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