Ebook Readers - Lawsuit Filed Against Amazon for Patent InfringementThe Amazon Kindle Ebook Reader 2 may be a fine piece of kit with a great future ahead of it - for specs see Kindle Ebook Reader 2 but it is not without its headaches for Amazon. The latest headache comes in the form of a lawsuit from Discovery Communications, the company behind the Discovery Channel.
Discovery Communications has filed legal papers claiming that Amazon has violated its patents with regard to copyright protection.
The patent in question was filed in the autumn of 1999 but was only issued on November 20, 2007. Amazon's original Kindle ebook reader was launchd on the world the day before Discovery's patent was issued.
Discovery’s patents are in the field of the encryption technology used to distribute digital books.
The lawsuit has been filed in the Delaware U.S. District Court.
The company claims that it holds a prior patent from the early 1990s relating to "Electronic Book Security and Copyright Protection System", and has made it known that it will be seeking monetary damages.
"The Kindle and Kindle 2 are important and popular content delivery systems. We believe they infringe our intellectual property rights, and that we are entitled to fair compensation," said Joseph LaSala, Discovery Communications general counsel.
"Our tradition as an inventive company has produced considerable intellectual property assets for our shareholders, and today's infringement litigation is part of our effort to protect and defend those assets." Kindle Ebook Reader Kindle Discovery Patent Lawsuit Ebook readers
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