FRAMINGHAM (11/13/2003) - Ending a back-and-forth legal scuffle that began more than three years ago, Cable and Wireless PLC and Akamai Technologies Inc. have announced that they are dropping the handful of patent infringement lawsuits that they have filed against each other. As part of their agreement, C&W has agreed to dismiss lawsuits it filed against Akamai in Boston, San Francisco and London saying Akamai's EdgeSuite services infringe on C&W's content delivery patents. For its part, Akamai agreed to dismiss several of the patent infringement lawsuits it filed against C&W. Neither company admitted liability or provided any compensation as part of the agreement. The two companies have been bickering over content delivery patents since 2000, when Akamai fired the initial volley claiming that Digital Island, which C&W later acquired, used Akamai-patented technology as part of its Footprint content delivery service. The recent agreement does not cover that case, in which a federal jury in Boston determined that C&W infringed on the Akamai patent.