High Court May Put Brakes On Induced Infringement Suits

By Ryan Davis (April 29, 2014, 1:20 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case that could limit liability for induced patent infringement, particularly in the area of Internet patents, by undoing a Federal Circuit ruling that opened the door for suits where one company does not perform every step of a patent.

The justices will consider Limelight Networks Inc.'s appeal of a sharply split en banc decision from 2012 overturning long-standing precedent that held that induced infringement required a showing that one entity directly infringed by performing all the steps of a patent.

Limelight, which is accused of infringing Akamai Technologies Inc.'s patent for...

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