Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S.A. to Clarify Intent Necessary to Induce Patent Infringement
- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.
The U.S. Supreme Court has opened a new term by agreeing to hear yet another patent law case. On October 12, 2010, the Court granted a writ of certiorari in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S.A. to clarify the legal standard for inducing infringement of a patent. The specific question to be addressed is the requisite state of mind of the infringer. Entities that routinely assert or defend against claims of induced infringement should closely monitor this case as it promises to impact what is required to prove inducement of infringement.
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