There has been a lot of controversy and debate over whether too many things are patentable, especially in the software and business method areas.
Many thought the Amazon 1-click patent, which was under review, should not be valid. The USPTO has, however, confirmed the patent.
Mike Masnick of Techdirt sums it up nicely, with links to further detail. Mike says:
US Patent Office Decides That One Click Really Is Patentable
from the wow dept
Ladies and gentlemen, we now have confirmation that the USPTO is a joke. After years of back and forth, it has decided, once again, that Amazon’s one-click patent is perfectly valid. This, despite tons of prior art, and basic common sense. We were just wondering what was taking so long for the USPTO to reject the patent. But, of course, it seemed like the USPTO was willing to go out of its way to help keep this patent around. Of course, as some are pointing out, the end result of this patent surviving is that it may be used as example number one for patent reform.