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Amazon now has two patents whose implications for e-commerce are being widely discussed: U.S. Patent No. 5,960,411 (’411 patent), issued Sept. 28, 1999, relating to Amazon’s “1-Click” product-ordering technique, and U.S. Patent No. 6,029,141 (’141 patent), issued Feb. 22, relating to web sites providing compensation for customer referrals. Particularly since Amazon has shown its willingness to enforce its patents by suing competitor barnesandnoble.com on the ’411 patent, there is keen interest in whether Amazon will pursue a similar course with its ’141 patent.

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