“Recent Decision Limits the Reach of U.S. Patents and Holds Method Claims Not Covered By 35 U.S.C. §271(f),” Robert J. Diaz, Esq.

Relying in part upon the “presumption against extraterritoriality” articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court in its recent Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp. case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit recently found in Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. v. St. Jude Medical, Inc., 576 F.3d 1348, 2009 U.S. App. LEXIS 19336 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (En Banc) that method claims are not covered by Section 271(f) of the patent statute, which prohibits export of components of a patented invention to be assembled outside of the United States.