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TORONTO (Reuters) - A Canadian federal court on Thursday ruled that Amazon.com's 'one-click' order process is patentable, overturning an earlier ruling by the country's patent commissioner.
The decision allows the online retail giant to proceed with the application for a patent for its "one-click ordering system", whereby a customer's address and payment information is stored in the vendor's computer system.
The system allows the returning customer to make a purchase with a single click, without having to enter any more information.
"The Commissioner's decision is quashed and is to be sent back for expedited reexamination with the direction that the claims constitute patentable subject matter to be assessed in a manner consistent with these reasons," the court said in a 36-page judgment.
"It is accepted that the 'one-click' method is novel; the court finds that an online ordering system which facilitates this adds to the state of knowledge in this area," the court said of the application for a patent.
In overturning the earlier decision, the court said the commissioner had erred in the legal principles used to determine patentability, in part by looking to international law to interpret the Canadian patent regime.
Reporting by Pav Jordan; editing by Jeffrey Hodgson