On December 18, 2019, Dennis McMahon published "Amazon's Experimental New Patent Evaluation Program" in Westlaw Journal Intellectual Property. The following is an excerpt:
Given the widespread use of Amazon's marketplace, patent owners need to be vigilant in detecting and stopping the sale of infringing products on Amazon.
While Amazon has long provided mechanisms for reporting infringement of intellectual property rights on its platform, using those mechanisms to report patent infringement can prove difficult and impractical.
To address this problem, Amazon recently introduced an experimental "utility patent neutral evaluation program." The program provides a cost-effective and streamlined procedure for adjudicating infringement disputes between a patent owner and an Amazon seller.