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Submission + - Bezos Patent Reform Chief Patents Lighting Toilets

theodp writes: "Charles Cella, the man tapped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Tim O'Reilly to lead their 'radical patent reform' effort, was awarded a patent Tuesday for Methods and Systems for Illuminating Household Products, including lighting toilet water. Cella was CEO of BountyQuest, which received a million bucks from Bezos to run contests to find prior art for patents, including one funded by O'Reilly for Bezos' own 1-Click patent. BountyQuest found no winner in the 1-Click contest, an outcome that continues to be offered as proof of 1-Click's patent-worthiness, although the USPTO recently used losing prior art submitted in that contest as the grounds for rejecting a number of Amazon's 1-Click patent claims."
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