Aristocratic Technologies v International Game Technology

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals vacated and remanded a summary judgement finding of no indirect infringement.  The Court, citing Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., concluded,

Thus, “[a] party who knowingly induces others to engage in acts that collectively practice the steps of the patented method—and those others perform those acts—has had precisely the same impact on the patentee as a party who induces the same infringement by a single direct infringer; there is no reason, either in the text of the statute or in the policy underlying it, to treat the two inducers differently.”

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