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Watch Your Steps

Law360 (January 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EST) -- A recent decision by the Federal Circuit articulated two points with far-reaching implications for companies in the financial and insurance sectors.

First, the court held that a claim directed to a computerized method is not infringed when one of the method steps is performed manually.

Second, the court held that a contract to perform a step in a method claim is not sufficient to establish that the step is being carried out for purposes of proving patent infringement; rather infringement requires proof that the defendant actually...
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