Actual Knowledge Necessary For Inducement: High Court

Law360, New York (May 31, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that induced patent infringement requires knowledge that the induced acts constitute infringement, and that willful blindness can constitute knowledge, affirming a verdict against Pentalpha Enterprises Ltd. in a suit over a deep fryer patent.

While the high court affirmed the Federal Circuit's decision to uphold a verdict that fryers made by Pentalpha infringed a patent held by SEB SA, the justices rejected the appeals court's finding that only deliberate indifference to the risk of infringement is needed for a finding...
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