Seeking Clarity With 'Willful Blindness'

Law360, New York (July 14, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT) -- On May 31, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Global-Tech Appliances Inc. v. SEB SA, Case No. 10-6, 563 U.S. ___ (2011). In an 8-1 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the court held “that induced infringement under § 271(b) requires knowledge that the induced acts constitute patent infringement.” Slip Op. at 10.

Although the court affirmed the underlying finding of induced infringement on the basis that "the evidence in this case was plainly sufficient" to establish knowledge that the induced acts constituted...
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