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CA Charges ISV New Relic with Patent Infringement

It alleges that New Relic infringes three CA Application Performance Management (APM) patents

CA Technologies has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against New Relic in district court in New York seeking an injunction for patent infringement. It wants damages for lost profits and legal costs. It alleges that New Relic, which was founded by Lew Cirne, a former CA employee, infringes three CA Application Performance Management (APM) patents.

In 2006, CA acquired Wily Technology, an APM technology company founded and operated by Cirne, for $375 million. As part of the acquisition, CA says it took ownership of key APM patents, including the three it’s complaining about. Cirne is listed as a co-inventor in two of the three patents. Following the acquisition, he served as a CA employee until 2007 and started New Relic in 2008.

CA’s chief counsel Richard Donoghue said the company “will not allow its patents to be infringed, especially by those who have already profited by selling to us the very patents in question.”

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