Direct Infringement

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Fed. Cir. Rules Requirements for Direct Infringement by Multiple Parties

In Akami Technologies v. Limelight Networks, App. No. 2009-1372, -1380, -1416, -1417 (Fed. Cir., August 13, 2015), the court, sitting en banc after a remand from the S. Ct., set out the requirements for direct infringement...more

Protecting Diagnostic Innovation – Two Actor Infringement Liability

In Akamai Techs. Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., (August 13, 2015 Fed. Cir.) an en banc Federal Circuit unanimously held that direct infringement under Section 271(a) can occur...more

Federal Circuit's en banc decision in Akamai v. Limelight results in expansion of divided infringement

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, sitting en banc, has expanded the scope of divided infringement (sometimes called joint or split infringement), a form of direct infringement in which the steps of a method...more

Federal Circuit Expands Direct Divided Infringement

In an en banc, per curiam decision in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., on remand from the Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit broadened the circumstances under which a party can be liable for direct...more

Federal Circuit’s En Banc Suprema Ruling Confirms the ITC’s Authority to Exclude Imported Goods Used to Directly Infringe in the...

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit held that under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the International Trade Commission (ITC) could exclude from the United States imported goods that, after importation, are used in...more

Intellectual Property Alert: Akamai v. Limelight: Federal Circuit Finds Direct Infringement of Method Claims Where Steps...

A unanimous en banc Federal Circuit held that, despite some of the claimed method steps being performed by Limelight’s customers, substantial evidence supported the jury’s finding that Limelight directly infringed a method...more

Federal Circuit Limits “Divided Infringement” Defense – Precise Contours Of Direct Infringement Remain Uncertain

Practice Points - Federal Circuit finds Limelight liable for direct infringement even though Limelight’s customers performed certain steps of Akamai’s patented process. - Defendants may be liable as direct...more

Federal Circuit Expands Scope of Liability for Divided Infringement

The Federal Circuit, sitting en banc in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., this week adopted a new standard governing divided infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). The new standard is likely to enhance...more

Federal Circuit Strengthens ITC's Authority to Police Importation

On August 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit, acting en banc, ruled that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has the authority to prevent importation of products based on claims for induced infringement where the predicate...more

Federal Circuit Upholds ITC Interpretation of § 337 to Cover Induced Infringement

Suprema, Inc. and Mentalix Inc. v. Int’l Trade Comm’n, Case No. 12-1170 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 10, 2015) (Reyna, J.) (O’Malley, Proust, Lourie, and Dyk JJ., dissenting). By way of background, appellee Suprema manufactures...more

Is the gaping hole closing?

Last week, the Federal Circuit in Akamai Technologies Inc. et al. v. Limelight Networks Inc., No. 09-1372 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 13, 2015), overruled prior decisions to the extent they indicate that direct infringement of method...more

Federal Circuit Defines Joint Tortfeasor Infringement Liability in Akamai v. Limelight

The Federal Circuit issued a unanimous en banc decision yesterday regarding when joint tortfeasors may be held liable for literal infringement in Akamai Technologies Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. In its opinion, the court...more

In “Limelight”, Unanimous Federal Circuit Outlines Framework for Direct Infringement of Method Claims

In a unanimous full court decision issued last week, the Federal Circuit availed itself of “the opportunity to revisit the § 271(a) question” left unanswered by the Supreme Court last year, and outlined “the governing legal...more

Expansion of Direct Infringement in Federal Circuit’s Akamai Decision a Big Win for Patent Holders

In a victory for holders of method patents, the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision yesterday expanding the scope of direct infringement when multiple parties perform different steps of an invention. In its unanimous...more

Federal Circuit Broadens Test for Direct Infringement

On August 13, 2015, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an en banc decision in the long standing patent dispute between Limelight Networks, Inc. and Akamai Technologies, Inc. The dispute is centered on an...more

En banc Federal Circuit broadens multiple-actor direct infringement (Akamai v. Limelight)

Today, the Federal Circuit sitting en banc changed direction again on § 271(a) direct infringement and ruled that Limelight was liable for direct infringement based on substantial evidence supporting the jury verdict of...more

Federal Circuit Delivers En Banc Opinion in Akamai v. Limelight

The Federal Circuit handed down a unanimous en banc decision today regarding the interplay between literal infringement and induced infringement in Akamai Technologies Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. On remand from a...more

Federal Circuit overturns panel decision and upholds Commission in Suprema, Inc. v. International Trade Commission rehearing en...

En banc Court reverses panel decision 6-4 and upholds U.S. International Trade Commission determination that it has broad authority to address acts of induced infringement based upon post-importation conduct. Procedural...more

En banc Federal Circuit Affirms ITC’s Authority to Issue Exclusion Orders for Induced Infringement of Method Claims

Reversing an earlier panel decision, the en banc Federal Circuit confirmed that the ITC has the authority to issue exclusion orders against imported products that ultimately are used to infringe method claims, even if those...more

Suprema v. ITC: En Banc Federal Circuit Overturns Panel Decision, Finds ITC Has Jurisdiction Over Induced Infringement of Method...

Yesterday morning, the full Federal Circuit issued its en banc opinion in Suprema, Inc. v. ITC and reversed the controversial Federal Circuit opinion that had effectively precluded the International Trade Commission from...more

ITC Has Power Over Imported Articles With Potential to Induce Infringement

On Aug. 10, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued a much-anticipated opinion confirming the authority of U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC” or “the Commission”) to stop importation of articles which are used, after...more

The gaping hole of patent infringement liability

Just over a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court in Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2111 (2014) held that where a method claim is not directly infringed by a single entity, there can be no claim...more

Southern Mills Files Patent Suit Against Int’l Textiles over its Glide™ Product

Southern Mills, Inc. (“Southern Mills”), a Georgia corporation doing business as TenCate Protective Fabrics, filed a patent infringement action on July 15, 2015 against International Textiles Group, Inc. f/k/a Safety...more

The Federal Circuit Reconsiders Multi-Actor Direct Infringement

On May 13, 2015, the Federal Circuit issued the Akamai Technologies, Inc. v. Limelight Networks, Inc. opinion, where it reconsidered multi-actor direct infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). On remand from the Supreme Court,...more

A Single Entity Must Perform All Steps of a Method Claim in Order to Commit Direct Infringement - Akamai Techs., Inc. v. Limelight...

Following a remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed its prior panel decision, holding that direct infringement liability of a method claim under 271 U.S.C. § 271(a) only...more

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