Discovery Sues Amazon Over Kindle

Mar 17, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Discovery Communications is suing Amazon.com Inc. alleging that Amazon’s Kindle electronic book product infringes on a patent the media company holds.
The suit was filed in United States District Court in Delaware.
Discovery says it and its founder, John Hendricks were significant players in the development of digital content and delivery services during the 1990s. Mr. Hendricks’ work included inventing a secure, encrypted system for the selection, transmission and sale of electronic books.
Discovery holds Patent Number 7,298,851 for an “Electronic Book Security and Copyright Protection System.”
“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,” Joseph LaSala Jr., general counsel of Discovery, said in a statement. “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’s infringement litigation is part of our effort to protect and defend those assets.”
(Editor: Baumann)


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