A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday that a company is not liable for inducing patent infringement if someone other than the company carries out some of the steps leading to infringement.
The justices decided that Internet content delivery company Limelight Networks Inc. did not infringe on the patented system for managing images and video owned by rival
Akamai contended that Limelight used some of its patented methods for speeding content delivery and then illegally encouraged its customers to carry out the remaining steps. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed, but the Supreme Court reversed that decision.
The case drew interest from tech giants including
In another patent case Monday, the Supreme Court also unanimously reversed a Federal Circuit decision in a patent dispute over heart rate monitors. Medical device company Biosig Instruments sued exercise equipment maker Nautilus Inc. for allegedly infringing its monitor's design.