- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SILVER SPRING, MD. (AP) - Discovery Communications Inc. says the Kindle electronic book readers from Amazon.com Inc. violate a patent that Discovery registered in 2007. Discovery sued Amazon in Delaware on Tuesday.

Discovery spokeswoman Michelle Russo said the company is seeking “fair compensation” through damages, future royalty payments and legal fees but will not seek an injunction stopping sales of the Kindle.

An Amazon.com spokeswoman declined to comment.

Discovery, which runs the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable TV networks, said Amazon.com was “willful” in infringing the patent. Discovery says the patent covers the security of electronic book files.

Amazon.com shares rose 6.5 percent to close at $71.35 Tuesday, while Discovery shares gained 11 cents to $16.77.

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