Limelight Case Widens Scope Of Direct Infringement

Law360, San Diego (August 13, 2015, 11:14 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit’s en banc decision Thursday restored a $45.5 million jury verdict against Limelight Networks Inc. for infringing Akamai Technologies Inc.’s Web content delivery patent even though Limelight’s customers carried out some steps of the patent, a ruling that boosts patent holders’ rights by expanding when accused infringers can be liable for direct infringement, lawyers say.

The full court vacated a decision by the court in May that found Limelight didn’t infringe Akamai’s patent. It held that the jury received substantial evidence to find that Limelight directs or controls its customers’ performance of some steps of Akamai’s patented method for...

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