[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 8-1 Tuesday in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB, SA [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that induced patent infringement requires knowledge that the induced acts constitute patent infringement. Under 35 USC 271(b) [text], a patent owner may bring suit against an individual "who actively induces infringement of a patent." The petitioners stood accused of inducing infringement of a patented deep fryer produced by SEB. The trial court allowed the issue…

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