What is the meaning of "simple discretionary inquiry" in supreme court opinion:
Finally, the Court rejected the appellate court’s “clear and convincing evidence” standard that successful patent litigants would have to establish in order to receive fees. Instead, the Court held that a simple discretionary inquiry would serve to determine whether granting attorney fees is appropriate.
What will the court actions be to meet simple discretionary inquiry standard next time it will have to decide entitlement to attorney’s fees? Is there a definition for simple discretionary inquiry? Is there a precedent explaining steps court takes when it performs discretionary inquiry? Is it a common self-explanatory term?