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On Sept. 16, 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law. Included in the AIA was section 298 entitled “Advice of Counsel” which removed failure to obtain or present advice of counsel as a basis for establishing willful or induced infringement:
The failure of an infringer to obtain the advice of counsel with respect to any allegedly infringed patent, or the failure of the infringer to present such advice to the court or jury, may not be used to prove that the accused infringer willfully infringed the patent or that the infringer intended to induce infringement of the patent.