Discovery Sues Kindle, Claims Patent Infringement

Firm alleges it owns e-book reader's encryption technology
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2009 5:05 PM CDT
The new Kindle 2 electronic reader is shown at an at a news conference Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Kindle is catching more legal flak. Discovery Communications—best known for the similarly named cable channel—says Amazon infringed on its patent for electronic book technology, Reuters reports. It's seeking unspecified damages. The Kindle also has taken heat from publishers because of its text-to-speech technology, which could cut into sales of audio books. No comment from Amazon on the latest suit.