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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos calls for governments to end patent wars

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has called for governments to end the growing number of patent disputes in the technology market by introducing tough new legislation.

Speaking to the Metro (opens in new tab), Bezos said that innovation and society itself was threatened by the patent lawsuit culture. He urged national governments to introduce strict new legislation that would limit such disputes.

"Patents are supposed to encourage innovation and we're starting to be in a world where they might start to stifle innovation. Governments may need to look at the patent system and see if those laws need to be modified because I don't think some of these battles are healthy for society," said Bezos.

The term 'patent war' has hit the headlines in recent months due to the increasingly embittered lawsuits such as this year's standoff between tech giants Apple and Samsung. It reached a tipping point earlier this year when a jury in the US found Samsung had improperly violated patented technology and awarded Apple $1.05 billion (£653 million) in damages.

(opens in new tab)Meanwhile, in August a South Korean court ruled that Apple and Samsung infringed on each other's patents, and ordered the companies to stop selling some of their products in South Korea and pay damages. Apple was ordered to stop selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, its first-generation iPad and the iPad 2.

Amazon is the current market leader in eBook readers with its Kindle device. Its latest innovation - the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - is out in the UK later this month.

It will sell alongside the company's new tablet the Amazon Kindle Fire HD which has been deemed a low-cost rival to Apple's iPad Mini which is due to be unveiled on 23 October. The company is also expected to enter the smartphone fray, and could therefore soon be facing lawsuits of its own.