Supreme Court Rules on Induced Infringement Standard and Upholds Clear and Convincing Evidence Standard for Invalidity

By Justin E. Gray ( jegray@foley.com ) The U.S. Supreme Court resolved two important patent law issues that were before it this term. On May 31, 2011, the Court issued its decision in Global-Tech Appliances, Inc. v. SEB S.A. , U.S., 10-6, -- U.S. - (2011); 179 L.Ed.2d 1167 (US 2011); 2011 US LEXIS...

Federal Circuit Poised to Clarify Rules on Joint Infringement

By Kevin Littman ( klittman@foley.com ) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's recent decisions in the area of joint infringement have generated disagreements about whether those decisions are consistent. The court recently signaled its intent to clarify the law of joint infringement...