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Amazon Tests Program to Combat Patent Infringement

Amazon is testing a new program that allows merchants on its marketplace who are victimized by cheap, patent-violating knockoffs to get them removed in a few months for just a few thousand dollars or less—much faster and cheaper than a typical legal process.

The new program, which Amazon has been testing since at least the fall, connects a seller that believes its patent has been infringed with the merchant it is accusing of the violation and a third-party lawyer who evaluates their arguments and decides whether any product listings should be taken down. Amazon wouldn’t say when the program, which sellers have to ask to participate in, would roll out more broadly. But the company has a history of piloting new services with limited numbers of users, sometimes for more than a year, before rolling them out more widely.

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