Akamai Wins Patent Case

Jury finds Limelight Networks infringes key Internet content delivery patent

February 29, 2008

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) announced that a jury in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts returned a verdict today that Limelight Networks, Inc. is infringing the content delivery patent asserted by Akamai. As a result, the jury awarded Akamai $45,526,946 in damages, plus interest.

The verdict, which came at the end of a three-week trial in Boston, stemmed from a lawsuit that Akamai had filed in 2006. The jury found that Limelight infringed all four of the claims that Akamai had asserted in its Internet content delivery patent, U.S. patent 6,108,703, issued in the name of Akamai founders Tom Leighton and the late Danny Lewin. The jury rejected Limelight’s defense that Akamai’s patent was invalid.

“We are extremely pleased with the jury’s verdict,” said Melanie Haratunian, senior vice president and general counsel of Akamai. “Today’s ruling recognizes the strength of Akamai’s patent portfolio and is a tangible reflection of our resolve to vigorously defend the Company’s intellectual property.”

In a separate release:

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Limelight Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:LLNW) today announced that the jury in the case Akamai Technologies, Inc. et al. v. Limelight Networks (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts) announced a verdict in favor of Akamai Technologies."We are disappointed with the jury's verdict in this matter. We strongly believe that, like other companies that follow long-established Internet standards, we do not infringe the patent in this case. We will continue to remain a competitive choice in the marketplace as we pursue all appropriate legal avenues," stated Phil Maynard, chief legal counsel, Limelight Networks, Inc.

Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM)

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