The European Patent Office’s (“EPO”)Technical Board of Appeal has upheld an earlier finding of its ExaminingDivision, that Amazon’s “one-click” payment method technology is notpatentable as it is devoid of inventive step.
Amazon’s “one-click” technology allows a customer to make a purchasewith a single mouse-click, which triggers an automatic retrieval of aname, address and credit card number. The patent application in thiscase was one of two divisional applications (a spin off applicationgenerated where the original parent application exhibited more than oneinvention) of an original parent application which had been withdrawnduring examination. The other divisional application which was grantedprotection relates to a gift ordering method.
The rejection of Amazon’s “one-click” patent application will nodoubt see other online store operators seek to exploit this kind oftechnology in the future.
Contributed by Brian McElligott