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Supreme Court backs Limelight in closely-watched dispute with Akamai

  • The Supreme Court has ruled Limelight (LLNW) is "not liable for inducing infringement" of an Akamai (AKAM) CDN patent. (court ruling - .pdf)
  • The SC's ruling overturns a guilty verdict against Limelight from a federal's appeals court. The case was closely watched by tech companies who feared an Akamai victory would open the door to a large number of frivolous lawsuits from litigants claiming induced infringement.
  • Google, Oracle, Cisco, and other tech giants backed Limelight in the dispute, as did the White House.
  • LLNW +1.7% AH.
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  • Michael Bryant
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    The previous Court "determined that a party can still show induced infringement under circumstances where both the inducer and the induced party each perform some of the steps of a method claim. Applying this test, the Court found that Limelight could be held liable for induced infringement and sent the case back down to a lower court for further proceedings."

     

    And the "induced infringement" sounds ridiculous. Glad (LLNW) won.
    2 Jun 2014, 09:12 PM Reply Like
  • DrP79
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    Seems like this case sets up the same issues to be decided in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc.

     

    The issue in Limelight (LLNW) is "not liable for inducing infringement" of an Akamai (AKAM) CDN patent seems to parallel the Aereo discussion.

     

    Aereo designed antennae specifically designed to avoid the copyright of the broadcasters. Then their customers had to do other actions also designed to avoid the copyright. Each did not infringe themselves as they only did a piece.

     

    Of course, one question is how similar are patent and copyright issues.
    3 Jun 2014, 05:56 AM Reply Like
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