Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Amazon's Sue Me Sue You Blues

Right back at ya, Discovery! Just over two months after Discovery Communications slapped Amazon with a lawsuit claiming breach of patent with the Kindle, Amazon is returning the favor with a suit alleging that Discovery Communications Inc. has infringed four of its e-commerce patents.

The Wall Street Journal cited the blog TechFlash as first reporting news of the suit, which was filed May 15 in U.S. District Court in Seattle. It alleges infringement of patents covering search engine and recommendation technology by one of Discovery's e-commerce sites.

A spokesperson for Discovery said there doesn't appear to be a connection between the two patent suits. Discovery is still in the process of reviewing Amazon's response to its March lawsuit, with the Journal reporting that the company is looking forward to "vindicating its position in court."

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