Monday, August 15, 2011

New patent litigation challenges "one party rule", could affect ordinary web hosts

Julie Samuels of Electronic Frontier Foundation has an important story Aug. 10 about patent reform, specifically, challenges to the traditional “one party” rule in patent law, link here. The rule has been that only one party could be sued for infringement in a multi-step process.  But in Akamai Tech. v. Limelight, there is an attempt by a plaintiff to claim separate infringements for (1) storing content on a server and (2) tagging remote content.  The case is before the Washington DC Circuit.  The case could conceivably affect “consumers” or ordinary web users who purchase shared hosting services.  The author also gives examples from Medicine. 

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