"Last week, a jury ruled that content distribution network operator Limelight had infringed a patent held by competitor Akamai, and awarded damages of $46 million. Limelight is only the latest victim of Akamai's long-running effort to use its patent portfolio to knock its competitors out of the market. […] The patent in question, No. 6,108,703, was granted to MIT in 2000 and has been licensed to Akamai. It covers a "global hosting system" in which "a base HTML document portion of a Web page is served from the Content Provider's site while one or more embedded objects for the page are served from the hosting servers, preferably, those hosting servers near the client machine." "