Akamai Decision on Patent Infringement

    View Authors September 2012

    In Akamai Technologies v. Limelight Networks, Inc., the Federal Circuit held that a party can be liable for inducing infringement of a method patent claim even where no single entity practices all of the claimed steps itself. The en banc panel in Akamai expressly overruled past precedent that inducement cannot be found unless a single actor performs all steps of the claimed method, noting that premising inducement liability on such a requirement is “wrong as a matter of statutory construction, precedent, and sound patent policy.”

    Squire Sanders lawyers have prepared a case summary discussing the possible effects of the Akamai decision.