Bezos responds to patent opposition

FRAMINGHAM (03/10/2000) - Inc. CEO Jeff Bezos has posted an open letter calling for patent reform in response to criticism leveled at his company for its patenting practices.

While the letter stated that would continue to use and enforce existing patents, it recommended changes in the filing process for patents involving business methods and software applications. Those recommendations include a shorter length of time for which the patent is valid.

Tim O'Reilly, president of technical book publisher O'Reilly & Associates Inc. in Sebastopol, Calif., responded with an open letter posted to his company's Web site reiterating his stance that Amazon should relinquish its patents on online ordering and payment techniques based on cookies.

According to an O'Reilly spokesperson, O'Reilly's call to oppose's practices resulted in approximately 10,000 "signatures" added by visitors to the company's Web site.

On the O'Reilly Web site, O'Reilly called Bezos' response "a great outcome for the discussion we started this past week."

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