Bloomberg Law
Feb. 12, 2020, 9:56 AMUpdated: Feb. 12, 2020, 7:15 PM

Amazon’s Judging of IP Claims Questioned in Seller Lawsuits (2)

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

Puppy toys should have nothing to do with car engines.

But a recent court complaint says Inc. halted sales of a “puppy sleep aid” after being told a storefront selling on its marketplace infringed two patents—one registered in 1895, and another directed to a Japanese “combustion device.”

“Neither patent is enforceable. Neither patent is owned by any Defendant,” the complaint says.

As Amazon expands its reign over e-commerce and gets more aggressive about rooting out counterfeiting, it’s taking a more active role in judging intellectual property disputes between merchants on its platform. But seven court complaints filed by ...

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