Judge says Limelight ban 'premature'

BOSTON, June 18 Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:22pm BST

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BOSTON, June 18 (Reuters) - A federal judge said on Wednesday it would be premature to consider a request by Akamai Technologies Inc (AKAM.O) to permanently ban rival Limelight Networks Inc (LLNW.O) from selling services that a jury ruled infringe on an Akamai patent.

"The motion for an injunction is kind of premature," U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel said during a motion hearing in Boston.

She said that she needs to review several other motions related to the trial first. If she rules in favor of Akamai on each of those motions, then she would consider the request for the injunction, Zobel said.

"The injunction does not come into play until everything else is done in favor of Akamai," she said.

A U.S. District Court jury in Boston had awarded Akamai $45.5 million in February after determining that Limelight's services that help speed Web traffic infringe upon Akamai's intellectual property.

Akamai subsequently sought a permanent injunction banning Limelight from selling related services. (Reporting by Jim Finkle, editing by Phil Berlowitz)

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