The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts has granted Limelight Networks’ motion for judgment, setting aside a prior jury verdict in favor of Akamai Technologies, which had accused Limelight of violating at least two of its patents.
The court ruled that Limelight does not infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,108,703, which describes a process for serving Web-based content that varies only slightly in detail from other processes that accomplish the same thing.
Akamai Technologies said that it intends to appeal the decision.
Limelight Networks Chairman and CEO Jeff Lunsford, meanwhile, applauded the decision: "We are pleased the court granted our motion for reconsideration in this matter and ruled in our favor. We have long maintained that we do not infringe the '703 patent. This ruling affirms that Limelight Networks respects the intellectual property of others, and that our growth and success have been achieved through our own innovation, hard work and customer-focused operations. We look forward to continued collaboration with our customers and partners as we work to enable a global shift in content consumption from closed to open networks, where consumers can enjoy their desired content whenever, wherever and on whatever connected device they choose."
Limelight Networks expects the ruling to allow it to reverse expenses of approximately $66 million accrued for potential damages and interest.