The United States Patent and Trademark Office has rejected most of Amazon's 1-Click related patents due to evidence of another patent that predates it.
In its decision, dated September 26, the three-judge panel reversed an earlier decision approving the patent claims and remanded it back to the patent examiner.
The patent was re-examined after New Zealand actor Peter Calveley challenged it last year. He writes in his blog: "Amazon has the opportunity to respond to the Patent Office's rejection, but third-party requests for re-examination, like the one I filed, result in having the subject patent either modified or completely revoked about two-thirds of the time."
An Amazon spokeswoman issued the following statement: "We don't comment on our patent applications outside of our legal filings, and we expect to file a response to this initial action by the deadline of December 9."
Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.