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By Richard LeBlanc
In BMC Resources, Inc. v. Paymentech, L.P. (September 20, 2007), the Federal Circuit defined the standard for finding direct infringement of a multi-step method or process patent claim under 35 U.S.C. § 271(a) where no single entity performs each and every step of the claim.
The latest proposed patent reform legislation – the Patent Reform Act of 2007 – is a pared down version of the 2005 proposal, but still contains provisions that are likely to spark heated debate before making it out of committee for any vote. Overall, the 2007 Act favors accused infringers at the expense of patent owners. This article contains a brief overview of the major proposed changes: