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The Federal Circuit, this Friday, reversed a distrcit court's summary judgment that several patents related to VoIP technology were invalid as being indefinite under 35 U.S.C. 112. In its holding, the court concluded that Section 112 cannot be used on the basis that a "processing system" is indefinite, wherein the asserted claims comprise entirely of method claims. In other words, because the "processing system" has no discernable role in defining the scope of a claim of process, and wherein the point of novelty resides in the steps of the process or method, the unfleshed "processing system" does not render the method claims indefinite per se.

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