SEB, S.A. v. Montgomery Ward & Co, Inc.

There’s a new patent infringement case in effect now. In SEB, S.A. v. Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc., the Federal Circuit held that the “knowledge-of-the-patent” requirement for proving inducement of patent infringement can be satisfied by a showing of “deliberate indifference” on the part of the accused infringer, such as when the accused infringer copies a patentee’s product and fails to inform its patent attorney of that fact when obtaining a “right to use” opinion.