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A service bureau is

an organization that leases or sells computer time, manpower, or other computational support to the public.[1]


  1. Systems Dev. Corp. v. United States, 531 F.2d 529, 531 (Ct. Cl. 1976). See also University Computing Co. v. Lykes-Youngstown Corp., 504 F.2d 518, 527 n.1 (5th Cir.), rehearing denied, 505 F.2d 1304 (5th Cir. 1974) (“[L]easing of time on in-house computers”); Telex Corp. v. IBM Corp., 367 F. Supp. 258, 273 (N.D. Okla. 1973), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 510 F.2d 894 (10th Cir.), cert. dism., 423 U.S. 802 (1975) (“. . . owns or leases computer products and/or services and then performs data processing services for customers for a fee”); Accusystems, Inc. v. Honeywell Infor. Sys., Inc., 580 F. Supp. 474, 476 n.1 (S.D.N.Y. 1984) ("[A] company which uses its own computer system to process applications for customers who do not have computer systems”); Honeywell Infor. Sys. v. Maricopa County, 118 Ariz. 171, 575 P.2d 801, 808 (App. 1977) (“. . . provide mostly services such as computer programming, systems support engineering services and classroom education”).

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