U.S. Supreme Court on induced infringement

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court released a decision in Global-Tech Appliances, inc. v. SEB S.A. (PDF) on the test for inducement of infringement. The majority held that induced infringement requires knowledge that the induced acts constitute patent infringement.

In this case the defendant was found to have induced infringement on the basis that the evidence was sufficient to support a finding of the defendant’s knowledge under the doctrine of willful blindness.

There is commentary on this case at Patently-O.