A Close Look At High Court Decision In Limelight V. Akamai

MaryAnne Armstrong, Ph.D. for Law 360

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Limelight Networks Inc. v. Akamai Technologies Inc. This case has been closely followed by various industries because it considers the reach of liability for inducing infringement under 35 U.S.C.§271(b). 35 U.S.C.§ 271 (b) simply states, "Whoever actively induces infringement of a patent shall be liable as an infringer." The Limelight decision considers whether there can be liability for inducement of infringement under 35 U.S.C.§271(b) if there is no act of direct infringement under 35 U.S.C.§271(a).

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