Tag: Inducement of Infringement

Active Inducement of Infringement: A Good Faith Belief in Invalidity is Not a Defense

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Commil USA, LLC v. Cisco Systems, Inc., (Case No. 13-896, May 26, 2015). A copy of the slip opinion may be found here.  Active Inducement of Infringement: A Good Faith Belief in Invalidity is Not a Defense  U.S. Patent Law recognizes both direct…

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Inducement of Infringement Requires Proof of Direct Infringement

In Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., (for a copy of the opinion, click here) the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s holding that Limelight could be liable for actively inducing the infringement of Akamai’s patent claims even though, under the Federal Circuit’s governing standards, no party could be held liable for directly infringing the claims.  We discussed the case in…

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Federal Circuit Rewrites Law of Induced Infringement

On August 31, 2012, a sharply divided en banc Federal Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Akami Technologies v. Limelight Networks.  The case is significant in that it rewrites the rules for finding a party liable for inducing patent infringement.  The case could have significant impact in the enforcement of business method and…

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