The patent dispute between online DVD rental rivals Netflix and Blockbuster not only pits two big-name competitors against each other, but it also highlights the ongoing debate over Internet business-method patents. Even with the higher scrutiny at the patent office and the potential public relations fracas that a company may face when such patents are enforced, some experts predict a wave of e-patent litigation in the coming years. Netflix's case may be just the beginning.
Dispute Between Netflix and Blockbuster Signals E-Patent Trend
April 18, 2006