one click patent US5960411 Method and system for placing a purchase order at website
one click patent US5960411 i.e Method and system for placing a purchase order at website
On May 12, 2006, the USPTO ordered a reexamination of the “One-Click” patent, based on a request filed by Peter Calveley. Calveley cited as prior art an earlier e-commerce patent and the Digicash electronic cash system.
On October 9, 2007, the USPTO issued an office action in the reexamination which confirmed the patentability of claims 6 to 10 of the patent. The patent examiner, however, rejected claims 1 to 5 and 11 to 26. In November 2007, Amazon responded by amending the broadest claims (1 and 11) to restrict them to a shopping cart model of commerce. They have also submitted several hundred references for the examiner to consider. In March 2010, the reexamined and amended patent was allowed.
Amazon’s U.S. patent expired on September 11, 2017.
In Europe, EP application 1134680 on 1-Click ordering was filed with the European Patent Office but refused. A related gift-ordering patent was granted in 2003, but revoked in 2007 following an opposition.
In Canada, the Federal Court of Canada held that the One click patent could not be rejected as a pure business method since it had a physical effect. The Court remanded the application to the Canadian patent office for a reexamination.
Barnes & Noble
Amazon filed a patent infringement lawsuit in October 1999 in response to Barnes & Noble offering a 1-Click ordering option called “Express Lane.” After reviewing the evidence, a judge issued a preliminary injunction ordering Barnes & Noble to stop offering Express Lane until the case was settled. Barnes & Noble had developed a way to design around the patent by requiring shoppers to make a second click to confirm their purchase. The lawsuit was settled in 2002. The terms of the settlement, including whether or not Barnes & Noble took a license to the patent or paid any money to Amazon, were not disclosed.
TeacherLists, an online supply list solution, made one-click back-to-school supply list shopping available through major retailers in 2017.