The Supreme Court Clarifies Definition of “Component” Under 35 U.S.C. §271(f) As Applies to Software

Supreme Court Holds Exported Software Copied Abroad And Installed in Computer Does Not Infringe Apparatus Claims On April 30, 2007, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in Microsoft Corp. v. AT&T Corp., 127 S. Ct. 1746; 82 USPQ2d 1400 (2007), which reversed the Federal Circuit’s decision and found that liability under 35 U.S.C. §271(f) does not extend to copies of software made abroad and installed in foreign computers.