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GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A.

Docket No.: 10-6
Certiorari Granted: Oct 12 2010
Argued: February 23, 2011
Decided: May 31, 2011

Topics:

copyright, patent, property rights, stare decisis, trademark, willful violation, willfulness

PartyNames: Global-Tech Appliances, Inc., et al. v. SEB S.A.
Petitioner: Global-Tech Appliances, Inc., et al.
Respondent: SEB S.A.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Citation: 594 F.3d 1360

Global-Tech Appliances, Inc., et al.
v.
SEB S.A.
Question Presented:

Whether the legal standard for the state of mind element of a claim for actively inducing infringement under 35 U.S.C. ยง 271(b) is "deliberate indifference of a known risk" that an infringement may occur, as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held, or "purposeful, culpable expression and conduct" to encourage an infringement, as this Court taught in MGM Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913, 937, 125 S. Ct. 2764, 2780, 162 L. Ed. 2d 781, 801 (2005)?

Question:

Does induced infringement under the patent clause require knowledge that the induced acts constitute patent infringement?

GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A.
ORAL ARGUMENT

February 23, 2011

Listen to Oral Argument in GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A.
Holding: affirmed
Vote: 8-1

GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A.
Case Documents

1GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A. Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
2GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A. Oral Argument Audio
3Opinion in GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A.
4GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A. Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
5GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A. Oral Argument Audio (February 23, 2011)
6GLOBAL-TECH APPLIANCES v. SEB S.A. Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
Additional documents for this case are pending review.