Supreme Court: "willful blindness" to patent infringement not OK

In a lopsided 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday held that "willful blindness" to the existence of a patent will not save you from charges of inducing other companies to violate the patent at issue. The case has drawn interest from the software industry because a lower court decision had chosen a laxer standard, "deliberate indifference," that a coalition of software companies warned would be bad for innovation. The Supreme Court agreed with the lower court that the defendant here was liable, but it did so with a narrower rule that is less likely to ensnare inadvertent infringers in future.

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