Tech Firms Urge Full Fed. Circ. To Mull Joint Infringement

By Aaron Vehling (June 23, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT) -- A trio of tech companies on June 20 urged the full Federal Circuit to review whether multiple parties can be held jointly liable for direct patent infringement, supporting Akamai Technologies Inc.'s recent petition to revive the issue after the high court declined to hear it.

Akamai sought a review because it said the appeals court's previous decision improperly restricts the scope of direct infringement and makes it too easy to avoid infringement by dividing steps of a patent among multiple actors. So-called former practicing entities Double Rock Corp., Island Intellectual Property LLC and Broadband iTV Inc. filed the amicus brief, calling...

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