IBM is suing Amazon.com and seeking unspecified damages for patent infringement.
The IT giant has filed two lawsuits in the US courts in a dispute dating back to 2002. IBM claims that Amazon.com has willfully infringed patents on technologies used to store data in its interactive network, to advertise and to take orders through its electronic catalogue.
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The IBM lawsuits are not the first challenge Amazon has faced over patent infringement. In August last year the online retailer paid $40m (£22m) to e-commerce firm Soverain Software to settle a patent lawsuit relating to its website technology.
John Kelly, senior vice-president of IBM Technology and Intellectual Property, said, “IBM is one of the world’s leading creators of intellectual property and one of the most progressive in embracing new, highly collaborative ways of driving and managing innovation.
“Everything we do is premised on the fundamental principle that IBM’s intellectual property is one of our core assets, and represents the work product of tens of thousands of scientists and engineers and billions of dollars of investment.”
He added, “When someone takes our property, without our permission through a license, we have no option but to protect it through every means available to us.”