A party who “actively induces infringement of a patent” under 35 U.S.C. §271(b) must know that the induced acts constitute patent infringement. Knowledge of inducement may be proven under the doctrine of willful blindness if the defendant subjectively believes that there is a high probability that infringement exists and if the defendant takes deliberate actions to avoid learning of it.
Results for contributory infringement
Federal district court, in concluding that defendant willfully infringed patent for gas-fired fireplace burner assembly, did not clearly err in dismissing defendant’s asserted good-faith belief that accused device did not infringe, since defendant made little or no effort to assess whether it infringed, or whether patent was invalid, after receiving notice of patent.