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Friday, October 22, 1999 Published at 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK

Business: The Company File sues rival was founded by Jeff Bezos in 1995

Online retailer has filed a suit against rival

The internet giant claims that illegally copied its 1-Click technology. filed the suit late on Thursday in Seattle. It alleges patent infringement and seeks an "immediate and permanent" halt to's use of the shopping feature.

It also asks for an unspecified amount of damages.

With the 1-Click technology, customers only have to click their mouse once to buy a selected item and they don't have to re-enter the same information each time they buy something.

"We spent thousands of hours to develop our 1-Click process, and the reason we have a patent system in this country is to encourage people to take these kinds of risks and make these kinds of investments for customers," Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO said. started doing business in 1995 and the 1-Click feature has been available to their customers from September 1997.

As well as its US site,, the company operates a UK site,, and a German site,

No one at was available for comment.

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