Arlington, Va., June 2, 2014 – The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding today’s Supreme Court decision in the case of Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc.:
“We are pleased that the Supreme Court adopted much of the reasoning urged by CEA, CTIA and MetroPCS in our joint amicus brief.
“With its decision, the court avoided muddling the current standard for patent law and creating a zone of uncertainty for innovators and entrepreneurs who would no longer be sure what was or was not infringing conduct. In order to fulfill its constitutional function of promoting innovation, patent law must be clear, consistent and understandable.
“We commend the Supreme Court for setting aside the lower court decision and restoring common sense to patent infringement law.”
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