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It's Akamai versus the rest of the tech industry in US Supreme Court patent case
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In a case closely watched by the high-tech and life sciences industries, the US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Wednesday in a long-running patent dispute between Web content delivery firm Akamai Technologies Inc. of Cambridge and rival Limelight Networks Inc. of Arizona.

The case has pitted Akamai against a coalition of tech industry power players, led by Google Inc., who are supporting Limelight amid a fear that a win for Akamai would lead to a surge in frivolous patent lawsuits and increase their legal costs.

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