Extraterritorial Application Of Business Method Patents

Law360, New York (August 25, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a number of recent decisions examining the geographic scope of United States patents, the Federal Circuit has expanded the reach of patents to cover activities conducted outside of the United States. NTP v. RIM provides an exception to that trend.

Although the Federal Circuit held that system claims could be infringed even though some of the claimed components of the system are located outside of the United States, the court also held that the method claims could not be infringed unless all of the claimed...
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