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Last week, while I was wrapping presents with all the care and skill of a subway sandwich artisan, Judge McCalla weighed in on the issue of whether a complaint can establish knowledge for the purpose of willfulness, dealing with a novel argument in the process.

To begin, he sided with Chief Judge Connolly and Judge Williams, holding that the complaint cannot establish knowledge for the purpose of a claim of willful infringement:

In other words, post-suit knowledge alone is insufficient to sustain a claim for willfulness even at the motion to dismiss stage

Aortic Innovations, LLC v. Edwards Lifesciences Corp., C.A. No. 23-158, D.I. 50 at 6 (D. Del. Dec. 8, 2023).

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We've written a lot about how there is a split in the District of Delaware about whether a complaint itself can establish knowledge of infringement sufficient to support a claim of post-filing willfulness or induced infringement.

Early this week, visiting Judge Kennelly weighed in, siding with the judges who say that a complaint can establish knowledge, in a short opinion:

A claim for willful infringement of a patent requires the plaintiff to establish—or at this point in the case, to plausibly allege—that the accused infringer had knowledge of or was willfully blind to the patent and that its conduct constituted, induced, or contributed to infringement. . . . Similarly, a claim of induced or contributory infringement …