Contendo Inc., a startup whose technology makes websites load faster, said there was no merit to a patent infringement lawsuit filed by rival Akamai Technologies Inc.
On Wednesday, Akamai and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, alleging Cotendo had violated three patents in an effort to compete against Akamai as a low-cost provider. Akamai, based in Cambridge, Mass., began as an entry in an MIT competition, and one of Akamai's patents has been licensed from the institution.
"Cotendo believes there is no merit to the claims made by Akamai Technologies and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and will defend the suit vigorously," the Sunnyvale, Calif., company said in a statement.
Cotendo added that it does not expect the lawsuit to derail its service offerings.
Last month, Cotendo signed an agreement with AT&T Inc. under which the phone company will use Cotendo's technology to make applications, or "apps," perform faster on phones running on AT&T's network.
Shares of Akamai Technologies Inc. fell 93 cents to $50.93 in afternoon trading.