Amazon pays $40m to settle patent infringement case

Internet bookseller Amazon.com has paid out $40m (£22m) to e-commerce firm Soverain Software to settle a lawsuit over patent infringement.

Internet bookseller Amazon.com has paid out $40m (£22m) to e-commerce firm Soverain Software to settle a lawsuit over patent infringement.

Soverain filed the infringement lawsuit in January 2004 in a Texas court, alleging that Amazon’s website technology infringed several of Soverain’s patents covering internet server access control and monitoring systems and network sales systems.

Amazon announced it had made a settlement with Soverain in papers filed with US business regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The terms of the settlement include a one-off payment of $40m, dismissal of all claims and counterclaims, mutual releases, and a non-exclusive licence to Soverain’s patent portfolio.

The payout comes a month after Amazon posted quarterly results showing profits falling 32% compared with the previous year. The company made $52m £28.7m) in the three months to June, down from $76m (£42m) in the same period last year. The drop in profits came despite a 26% increase in sales to $1.75bn (£96m).

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