The Supreme Court Review of the Federal Circuit: Recent Decisions with Varying Impact


Within the past few months, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued decisions on an unusually high number of cases pertaining to patent law. The impact of these cases— Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S. A.,1 Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University v. Roche Molecular Systems, Inc.,2 and Microsoft Corp. v. i4i Limited Partnership3—on patent practice in the U.S. varies widely. In sharp contrast to the last decade of Supreme Court review of Federal Circuit patent law decisions, however, the Court here has largely affirmed the Federal Circuit, albeit with an occasional twist.

Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S. A.: What is required to be found liable for inducing infringement under 35 U.S.C. § 271(b)?

In Global-Tech, the Supreme Court addressed the standard to be applied in as¬sessing whether an infringer has sufficient intent to have actively induced infringement under § 271(b).

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