Levy: Some years ago, there was some controversy when Amazon got a
patent for its 1-Click shopping. Now, technology patents are so
widespread that they’re seen as a real hindrance to creativity
and innovation. Has your thinking changed?
Bezos: For many years, I have thought that software patents should
either be eliminated or dramatically shortened. It’s impossible
to measure the toll they’ve had on the software industry, but on
balance, it has been negative.
Levy: But without software patents, you wouldn’t have exclusive
rights to 1-Click shopping.
Bezos: If that were the price of having a dramatic reduction in
software patents, it would be great.