European Patent Office says Amazon "one-click" too obvious to patent
OUT-LAW news, a publication of the Pinsent Masons law firm, reports that the European Patent Office has rejected the Amazon "one-click" patent application. The subject is a one-click shopping cart to reduce the amount of input one has to make on subsequent orders. The US courts narrowed the scope of Amazons's original patent claims, but ultimately allowed the patent. In Canada, the Federal court allowed the patent last fall - but is has been appealed.
I'm not a patent lawyer, so weighing in here with my thoughts might be dangerous, but IMHO, the European Patent Office has it right.