Sunday, December 17, 2006

Amazon strikes back at IBM in ED Texas

Amazon, accused in Oct. 2006 of infringing claims of five IBM patents, has filed a countersuit.

In countersuits filed Thursday, Dec. 14, in federal court in Texas (ED Tex), Amazon says IBM's previous legal claims of patent infringement are a meritless and misleading attempt to cash in on its vast patent holdings and Amazon's success.

"IBM's broad allegations of infringement amount to a claim that IBM invented the Internet," Amazon's lawyers wrote in the filings.

IBM is the world's leading patent holder, spending $6 billion a year in research and development and earning about $1 billion a year in royalties. Although IBM has a reputation for NOT filing patent infringement suits, the Amazon case suggests a changed posture.

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