Amazon’s One Click patent has been an interesting point in the world of online payments. The technology allows customers to buy items online and checkout with one click. The mechanism of achieving this wasn’t the core of it all, rather the fact that Amazon was able to beat everyone else in being the first to apply for a patent. Therefore if anyone else tried to make internet payments simple they still had to pay Amazon handsomely to license the technology. The question that begs an answer is – was it fair to grant the patent?
Debate has raged on this subject and it would be fair to interrogate whether a clear description of how a certain technology or process is implemented is what should be protected under a patent or just the general idea. Maybe it’s time to review why we have patents and under what circumstances should they be granted.