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Like a ballet, a patent lawsuit has dozens of carefully orchestrated steps, and today’s judgment against Limelight Networks marks the beginning of the exciting part of the show, which could drag on for years, or get cut short by a settlement. Earlier today a jury in […]

Like a ballet, a patent lawsuit has dozens of carefully orchestrated steps, and today’s judgment against Limelight Networks marks the beginning of the exciting part of the show, which could drag on for years, or get cut short by a settlement. Earlier today a jury in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts found Limelight guilty of infringing four of claims in one of Akamai’s patents, and awarded the wronged content delivery network $45.5 million in damages.

Akamai also said it would seek an injunction to stop Limelight from continuing to sell infringing services. Limelight issued a release saying it was disappointed and would appeal the verdict, which means a trip to Washington’s U.S. Court of Appeals. For a program guide to how this may play out, see our previous coverage of the Verizon/Vonage patent lawsuit.

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  2. [...] delivery network Akamai, Limelight Networks is going all out to reassure its customers that the $45.5 million judgment against it was merely a flesh [...]

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  3. [...] months ago a jury in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts awarded Akamai $45.5 million after it found Limelight guilty of infringement. Yesterday evening a federal court judge gave [...]

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  4. [...] However, infringement suits are a messy business and have long been used as a blunt instrument to fend off competition. Vlingo’s technology is good, but as a startup going up against Nuance, which has sued [...]

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  5. [...] suit against Limelight in July 2006 and the two companies have been duking it out in the courts. Akamai won the lawsuit but Limelight appealed in February 2008. The Company expects this ruling to allow it to reverse expenses of approximately $66 million [...]

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