Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Supreme Court Oral Hearing on Joint Infringement in Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court held an oral hearing in Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies.

As a reminder, the parties frame the issues this way: patent owners Akamai and MIT state the issue is whether a party may be liable for patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) or § 271(b) when two or more entities perform all of the steps of a process claim. Accused infringer Limelight Networks states the issue is whether the Federal Circuit erred in holding that a defendant may be held liable for inducing patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) even though no one has committed direct infringement under § 271(a).

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