TC's Inside IP - September 2011


In This Issue:

Supreme Court Applies Willful Blindness Doctrine to Induced Infringement By Benjamin R. Askew; A Cure for the “Plague on the Patent System” May be Near by Fredericka B. Jura; Boston Scientific Corp. v. Johnson & Johnson: The Federal Circuit Finds Broad Molecular Claims in an Unpredictable Application Fail the Written Description Test by Joseph B. Franklin, Ph.D.; Supreme Court Decision in Stanford University v. Roche Molecular Sys., Inc. Looms Over Inventor/ Employee Relationships by Jonathan G. Musch; and University of Missouri Technology Expo 2011 Supreme Court Applies Willful Blindness Doctrine to Induced Infringement.

Excerpt from: Supreme Court Applies Willful Blindness Doctrine to Induced Infringement

Most Supreme Court observers would be surprised to find that a Supreme Court decision in a patent case could have an impact on criminal law. But when the United States Supreme Court recently interpreted 35 U.S.C. §271(b) – a patent statute – for the first time, the Court applied the willful blindness doctrine to induced infringement and issued an opinion that many commentators – and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy – believe may have significant consequences in criminal law.

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