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Amazon accuses rival of imitating 1-Click software; Online retailer suing Barnesandnoble.com over use of technology


SEATTLE -- Amazon.com, the Internet's largest retailer, accused rival online bookseller Barnesandnoble.com yesterday of copying Amazon technology that lets shoppers make their purchases with one click of a computer mouse button.

Seattle-based Amazon.com filed a patent infringement lawsuit in federal court seeking to bar Barnesandnoble.com, the No. 2 online bookseller, from using its patented 1-Click technology.

"Being a pioneer and innovating for customers is always hard," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and chief executive officer. "We spent thousands of hours to develop our 1-Click process, and the reason we have a patent system in this country is to encourage people to take these kinds of risks."

Amazon.com said it filed the patent infringement lawsuit late Thursday in federal court in Seattle. It seeks a permanent injunction against the use of the technology on Barnesandnoble.com's World Wide Web site, and monetary damages.

The lawsuit is "a desperate attempt to retaliate for our growing market share," said Barnesandnoble.com spokesman Gus Carlson. "We believe the allegations to be completely without merit and we will vigorously defend our position."

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