Saturday, May 02, 2015

Amazon Web Services earns $5.16 billion despite modest patent portfolio

Amazon is currently disputing two allegations of wrongful patent infringement filed in U.S. district courts over its AWS business. St. Louis-based cloud computing startup Appistry is accusing Amazon of infringing two patents which were the topic of discussions between Appistry and Amazon officials between August and September of 2004. U.S. Patent No. 8200746, titled System and Method for Territory-Based Processing of Information, claims an information processing system comprised of a plurality of networked hive engines grouped into a plurality of territories, the hive engines configured to receive processing job requests. The distribution of processing jobs within particular territories is advantageous for the reliability and performance of cloud processing.

Amazon is also facing suit from ZitoVault, LLC, over a patent related to AWS’s Elastic Compute Cloud and Virtual Private Cloud products, among other Amazon cloud offerings. U.S. Patent No. 6484257, titled System and cryptographic sessionsMethod for Maintaining N Number of Simultaneous Cryptographic Sessions Using a Distributed Computing Environment. Issued to solo inventor Alonzo Ellis of San Jose, CA, in November 2002, the patent claims a software architecture for conducting a plurality of cryptographic sessions over a distributed computing environment.

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