Updated: Discovery Sues Amazon For Patent Infringement Over Kindle E-Book Delivery


imageTurn away for a second and the damnedest things drop in your inbox: Discovery (NSDQ: DISAB) Communications (NSDQ: DISCA), home of Shark Week, filed a suit today in U.S. District Court against Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN), claiming that the sale of the Kindle and its electronic book delivery infringes on one of its patents. The claim, over U.S. Patent Number 7,298,851 for the “Electronic Book Security and Copyright Protection System,” dates back to the work of Discovery and founder John S. Hendricks on a digital content and delivery system in the 1990s but the patent wasn’t issued until Nov. 20, 2007.

Discovery General Counsel Joseph A. LaSala, Jr.: “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. Legal action is not something Discovery takes lightly. Our tradition as an inventive company has produced considerable intellectual property assets for our shareholders, and today



Can be just a new PR action to heat up a bit Kindle sales that seems not so successful as planned.

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I wonder who will win this infringement case. What I like most among the conditions of Discovery is the continuing royalty in lieu of an injunction. That condition only proves that they really belong in a business industry.


It's always interesting to see a company like Discovery go after a titan like Amazon. Amazon is usually the one filing the lawsuits. Sometimes turnabout is fair play.

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