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Want To Avoid Costly Patent Cases? Amazon Offers A Hack

Law360 (May 1, 2019, 6:54 PM EDT) -- Amazon has a new idea for settling patent disputes — one that doesn’t involve courtrooms, judges or expensive trials.

The online retail giant has been quietly testing a program that allows patent owners to confront merchants they believe are selling infringing products in its marketplace. Within a matter of weeks, the claims are evaluated by a neutral expert and, if true, the products are pulled from the site.

Various attorneys say the program is unlike anything they have seen. Kenneth Weatherwax, a founding partner of Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP, likened it to a simplified “arbitrator version” of a proceeding at the...

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