In the U.S., if you are the first person to come up with an invention, you may very well be entitled to a patent on it. And if you get a patent on an invention, you will be granted a 17- to 20-year monopoly over its use.
This article will attempt to provide an overview of the legal issues raised in the Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble case, a discussion of the 1-Click patent, and some basic considerations when deciding how to deal with Internet related patents.
In planning your online presence, the domain name choice is one of the most important decisions you will make, particularly if you will rely on non-internet promotion to drive traffic to your site. If you expect all of your visitors to come to your site by simply clicking a hyperlink from a search engine or from other web sites, your domain name can be about anything; but, if you expect any portion of your audience to manually type the domain name into their browser’s address bar, you’d better choose that domain name carefully.