Intellectual Property

Departure From Single-Entity Rule in Induced Infringement of Method Claims

, The Legal Intelligencer


In an opinion of two factually similar cases, Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks and McKesson Technologies v. Epic Systems, consolidated as 692 F.3d 1301 (Fed. Cir. 2012), a split 6-5 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit significantly departed from prior precedent in holding that liability for induced infringement of a claimed method no longer requires all method steps to be performed by a single entity.

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