Global-Tech: Is Justice Willfully Blind?

Law360, New York (June 30, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT) -- In Global-Tech Appliances Inc., et al., v. SEB SA, decided on May 31, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that inducement of infringement requires the inducer to know about the patent at issue. But it left the door wide open for litigants to assert inducement by parties who are “willfully blind” to the existence of a patent.

The case involved an improved deep fryer with an insulating space to keep the housing cool. SEB’s patented product was a commercial success in the U.S. Sunbeam hired Pentalpha...
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