Over $50 Million Dollar Judgment Entered in Akamai’s Favor in Patent Dispute Against Limelight Networks
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, announced today that the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts entered final judgment in Akamai’s favor in its long-running patent infringement case against Limelight Networks, Inc. The judgment, which followed a series of appeals up to and including the Supreme Court of the United States, determined that Limelight infringed certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703 and awarded Akamai a total of nearly $51 million in damages.
The amount in the judgment reflects damages originally awarded to Akamai by a jury in 2008 for Limelight’s infringement prior to 2008, plus interest. A new patent infringement lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court in Virginia, which is currently scheduled for trial in January 2017 and involves a patent from the same Akamai patent family, seeks additional damages for Limelight’s ongoing infringement after 2008.
“We are extremely pleased after ten years of litigation to have a final judgment entered in Akamai’s favor that recognizes Limelight’s infringement and the harm it caused,” said Aaron Ahola, Deputy General Counsel at Akamai. “Akamai is at the forefront of innovation on the Internet and today’s judgment provides true validation of the value of our intellectual property. We will continue to vigorously protect our intellectual property to maximize shareholder value.”
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