Early Briefing: Amazon Sues Discovery Over Patents

Amazon.com has sued Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, accusing it of infringing on patents related to product searches on its shopping Web sites. In a lawsuit filed Friday in Seattle, Amazon said Discovery's online store violated four patents that allow consumers to narrow searches for products or receive recommendations based on previous purchases.
The suit is part of Amazon's response to a separate patent infringement suit filed against the company by Discovery two months ago. Discovery sued Amazon, alleging that the company used its patented technology to make the popular Kindle and Kindle 2 readers.

A federal judge dismissed the Greenbrier resort's bankruptcy case, clearing the way for a new owner to make good on his pledge to return the iconic West Virginia property to its former glory and profitability. The dismissal of the Chapter 11 case also formally ended a dispute between Justice Family Group and Bethesda's Marriott International, which intended to buy the Greenbrier from railroad company CSX.

Lockheed Martin said it would trim 130 jobs following proposed Pentagon budget cuts to programs deemed wasteful, including a new fleet of high-tech presidential helicopters. The downsizing will affect Lockheed's systems integration unit in Owego, N.Y. which was working on the VH-71 presidential helicopter, a company spokesman said. On Friday, the U.S. Navy directed Lockheed to halt the program.
The job cuts were also prompted by cancellation of the U.S. Air Force Combat Search and Rescue aircraft purchase and delays in planned work for postal service customers around the world, Lockheed spokesman Troy Scully said.
The Owego plant has 4,000 employees. "A further reduction will likely be necessary in the near future," Scully said.

By Terri Rupar  |  May 20, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Morning Brief
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