Amazon, Discovery Communications settle patent disputes in which Discovery charged that its patented technology was used for Amazon's Kindle, Amazon alleged Discovery infringed on its patent for refined searches in Internet shopping

LOS ANGELES , November 18, 2011 () – Amazon.com Inc. and Discovery Communications Inc. have settled on their patent infringement disputes involving electronic book readers and refined searches for Internet shopping, according to court documents, reported Bloomberg News on Nov. 16.

In requests to dismiss the lawsuits, filed Nov. 15 in federal courts in Seattle and Wilmington, Delaware, the companies did not disclose details of their settlement.

Details also were not available directly from either of the companies. Amazon officials did not immediately return calls seeking comment, and a spokesperson at Silver Spring, Maryland-based Discovery declined to comment, Bloomberg reported.

In the dispute that began in March 2009, Discovery sought royalties on sales of Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle 2 electronic book readers, alleging that the Seattle-based Internet retailer infringed on Discovery’s patented way to distributing electronic text and graphics securely to subscribers.

Cable television owner Discovery describes the technology as a “portable book-shaped viewer,” which it issued the same month that Amazon launched its Kindle, in November 2007, reported Bloomberg.

Amazon began selling its Fire tablet computer, which is the latest version of the Kindle, on Nov. 15.

Amazon’s dispute with Discovery involved accusations that Discovery’s Internet store used Amazon’s patented methods for consumers to refine their product searches or obtain reviews based on prior purchases, Bloomberg reported.

The primary source of this article is Bloomberg News, New York, New York, on Nov. 16, 2011.

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