Judge Partially Clears Amazon In Suit Over Business-Method Patents

Law360, New York (September 8, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. federal judge has partially granted online retailer Amazon.com’s motion for summary judgment in Pinpoint’s lawsuit for infringement of its patented system for scheduling broadcast and providing access to video programs.

In an August 31 decision, Judge Suzanne B. Conlon of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted in-part Amazon's motion. The judge determined that claims 1-7 of one asserted patent were invalid because of several prior art references. However, the judge’s decision will allow Pinpoint's other claims, based on two...
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