On April 30, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Limelight Networks, Inc., v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., et al., No. 12-786. We previously reported on the Federal Circuit’s twin en banc opinions in Akamai Techs., Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., and McKesson Techs. Inc. v. Epic Sys. Corp., 692 F.3d 1301 (Fed. Cir. 2012), finding inducement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) even when a single actor was not liable for direct infringement. Both Limelight and Epic petitioned the Supreme Court for review, but the Epic case subsequently settled.
The Supreme Court asked the U.S. Solicitor General to weigh in on whether to hear an appeal from the Federal Circuit’s decision in Akamai Technologies Inc. et al v. Limelight Network, Inc. on induced infringement. This is a very closely watched case for the software industry, but may have far reaching implications in the pharmaceutical field as well.
As the summer rolls along, IP practitioners still await the Federal Circuit’s decisions in the en banc rehearings of Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., 629 F.3d 1311 (Fed. Cir. 2010) and McKesson Techs. Inc. v. Epic Sys. Corp., 98 U.S.P.Q.2d 1281 (Fed. Cir. 2011), which will address liability among multiple step performers accused of patent infringement.