Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) announced that a jury in the
U.S. District Court of Massachusetts returned a verdict today that
Limelight Networks, Inc. is infringing the content delivery patent
asserted by Akamai. As a result, the jury awarded Akamai $45,526,946 in
damages, plus interest.
The verdict, which came at the end of a three-week trial in Boston,
stemmed from a lawsuit that Akamai had filed in 2006. The jury found
that Limelight infringed all four of the claims that Akamai had asserted
in its Internet content delivery patent, U.S. patent 6,108,703, issued
in the name of Akamai founders Tom Leighton and the late Danny Lewin.
The jury rejected Limelight’s defense that
Akamai’s patent was invalid.
“We are extremely pleased with the jury’s
verdict,” said Melanie Haratunian, senior vice
president and general counsel of Akamai. “Today’s
ruling recognizes the strength of Akamai’s
patent portfolio and is a tangible reflection of our resolve to
vigorously defend the Company’s intellectual
Akamai intends to ask the Court to issue a permanent injunction
prohibiting Limelight from continuing to sell infringing services.
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