Last month, we wrote about how Amazon was defending itself against a patent on one-click ordering (click here once — oh no are we infringing too? —– to read the story). It was funny because ten years ago Amazon had threatened the world with its own patent on one-click ordering. The tech world was pissed because they said clicking once to order a damn book didn’t really count as an invention. And it so outraged everyone when they sued Barnes & Noble with their one-click patent in 1999 that a tech industry guru put a bounty on the one-click patent’s head if someone could invalidate it.
So everyone had a laugh when Amazon got a little patent karma with Cordance’s lawsuit. But look who’s laughing now: Amazon’s lawyer Fenwick & West partner Lynn Passahow convinced a Delaware jury earlier this week that Amazon didn’t infringe on Cordance’s one-click patent, Bloomberg reported. Cordance had been looking for more than $84 million in damages. Bloomberg reports that Passahow argued that “one of the patents wasn’t infringed because Amazon uses one-click ordering, while the patent is for a system involving two clicks.” Looks like the Fenwick lawyer clicked with the jury.
— Zusha Elinson