paperwhiteAmazon has been hit with six new patent infringement lawsuits, covering everything from the technology behind the Kindle Paperwhite display to the features the company uses to maximize its online retail sales.

The company also settled two longstanding patent disputes in its recent quarter, including one settlement that involved an undisclosed financial payment to the company that had originally sued Amazon back in September 2010. Amazon said the payout to Olympic Developments AG was not material to its financial results.

Those were among the details disclosed by Amazon in its 10Q filing with the SEC this morning, following up on yesterday’s earnings release, in which the company reported a $7 million loss for the quarter.

Of course, patent disputes aren’t unusual in the tech industry these days, but the number of new suits reported by Amazon this quarter is unusually large for the company. Some of the new suits, including one filed by Boston University, have been reported earlier, but several of them haven’t previously made the news.

Here’s the rundown from Amazon’s filing.

In May 2013, the Trustees of Boston University filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. aka Amazon.com Auctions, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The complaint alleges, among other things, that certain light-emitting diodes in Kindle Paperwhite infringe U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738, entitled “Highly Insulating Monocrystalline Gallium Nitride Thin Films.” The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages, interest, and an injunction. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to defend ourselves vigorously in this matter.

In May 2013, Cloud Satchel LLC filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. The complaint alleges, among other things, that Amazon’s Kindle line of products and associated web-based storage systems infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 5,862,321 and 6,144,997, both entitled “System and Method for Accessing and Distributing Electronic Documents.” The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages, interest, attorneys’ fees, and injunctive relief. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to defend ourselves vigorously in this matter.

In June 2013, Adaptix, Inc. filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint alleges, among other things, that Kindle Fire infringes U.S. Patent Nos. 7,454,212 and 6,947,748, both entitled “OFDMA With Adaptive Subcarrier-Cluster Configuration and Selective Loading.” The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages, interest, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.

In June 2013, Elia Data of Texas, LLC filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The complaint alleges, among other things, that a number of Amazon’s web services, including Management Console, Simple Storage Service, Elastic Compute Cloud, Elastic Load Balancing, and/or Route 53, infringe U.S. Patent No. 7,113,996, entitled “Method and System for Secured Transport and Storage of Data on a Network.” The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages, interest, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to defend ourselves vigorously in this matter.

In July 2013, Research Frontiers, Inc. filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. The complaint alleges, among other things, that “electronic paper displays” in Kindle e-readers, including Kindle 1st Generation, Kindle 2nd Generation, Kindle DX, Kindle 3G, Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard, and Kindle Paperwhite, infringe U.S. Patent Nos. 6,606,185, entitled “SPD Films and Light Valves Comprising Liquid Suspensions of Heat-Reflective Particles of Mixed Metal Oxides and Methods of Making Such Particles,” and 5,463,491, entitled “Light Valve Employing a Film Comprising an Encapsulated Liquid Suspension, and Method of Making Such Film.” The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages, interest, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.

In July 2013, Telebuyer, LLC filed a complaint against Amazon.com, Inc., Amazon Web Services LLC, and VADATA, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The complaint alleges, among other things, that certain features used on our retail website—including high resolution video and still images, user-indicated areas of interest, targeted follow-up communications, vendor proposals, on-line chat, Gold Box and Lightning Deals, and vendor ratings—infringe seven U.S. patents, Nos. 6,323,894, 7,835,508, 7,835,509, 7,839,984, 8,059,796, 8,098,272, and 8,315,364, all entitled “Commercial Product Routing System With Video Vending Capability.” The complaint seeks an unspecified amount of damages, interest, and injunctive relief. We dispute the allegations of wrongdoing and intend to vigorously defend ourselves in this matter.

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Comments

  • http://www.extendedresults.com/ Patrick Husting

    Is it just me or do you have this feeling that Amazon is going to into a negative spin cycle with news and consumers?

    • Wildsubnet

      Not from this. Patent lawsuits are (sadly) just cost of doing business nowadays. A good sign these things are without much merit. Missing their numbers, sure. But I don’t know why Wall Street expects anything different from Amazon. Hitting their numbers has always been a low priority for them.

  • thejory

    Most of those are junk. Especially that one from Elia Data. They are pretty much claiming the use of the cloud is their baby. lol

  • thejory

    Most of those are junk. Especially that one from Elia Data. They are
    pretty much claiming the use of the cloud is their baby. What’s funny, is that Cloud Satchel is pretty much claiming the same thing. Almost the EXACT same verbiage… Method and System for Secured Transport and Storage of Data on a Network, &, System and Method for Accessing and Distributing Electronic Documents. Only thing different mentioned secured, while the other doesn’t. Patent Trolls!

  • dabble53

    These patents are silly and so are the lawsuits based on them.
    So they used LEDs of a particular type to illuminate something? That’s novel? That’s innovative? That’s just what LEDs are for….it’s obvious. If there is any infringement, it’s by the manufacturer of the LEDs, not the user.

    As far as all these software and computer “processes”….nothing at all innovative there. It’s just done faster with a computer than by humans. It’s obvious in so many ways it’s pathetic that the USPTO even issues these patents. The only winnners here are the lawyers. Maybe we need to switch to a “loser pays” system to stop all the gambling and gaming going on in our legal (notice I did NOT say justice) system. You lose, you pay for EVERYONE’s legal costs. You win, you get ALL your legal costs paid. Could even start a whole new industry of insurance for lost legal case cost payment.

  • Tennessee.attorney-group.com

    The Kindle Cloud Reader application and methods used in
    association with the service and Kindle device may be covered by
    one or more patents or pending patent applications owned by Amazon.com, Inc.

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