Hyperlinking Ruling Demonstrates That Older Patents May Not Broadly Be Interpreted To Apply To Newer Technology

British Telecom sued Prodigy in federal court for patent infringement based on its patent for hyperlinking. A U.S. District Court determined that a patent that had issued prior to the invention of the Internet could not include the use of hyperlinking and therefore granted summary judgment to Prodigy. This case was a pioneer case that dictated that older patents may not be broadly interpreted to cover Internet-related technology that arose after their patent was issued.

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What about the claims for contributory infringement?

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