Fed. Circ. Boots $45M Akamai Win In Internet IP Suit

Law360, New York (December 20, 2010, 6:28 PM EST) -- A federal appeals court ruled Monday that a finding of joint infringement requires parties to have an agency relationship, releasing Limelight Networks Inc. from a $45.5 million verdict in a patent infringement suit brought by Akamai Technologies Inc. over Internet content delivery technology.

The essential element of joint infringement is not merely that one party exercises control over another, “but whether the relationship between the parties is such that acts of one may be attributed to the other,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal...
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