Centillion V. Qwest: The Evolution Of System Claims

Law360, New York (February 16, 2011, 4:41 PM EST) -- Patent holders may have an easier path to an infringement finding in some cases in light of a recent Federal Circuit decision. It is now established law that a party that performs less than all steps of a claimed method is liable for direct infringement only if that party exercises “control or direction” over the performance of the remaining steps performed by one or more additional parties.

Some district courts have applied this same standard for method claims to system claims. Yet the Federal Circuit recently...
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