|(23 Jun 2016)
The latest available data from the federal courts show that during the first eight months of fiscal year 2016 the government reported the filing of 3,478 patent-related lawsuits.
If this pace continues through the remaining four months, there will be a total of 5,217 new filings of this type. This represents a decrease of 6.2 percent from FY 2015, and a drop of 19.8 percent from FY 2013 when a peak of 6,504 patent lawsuits were filed.
The Eastern District of Texas dominates the national picture, accounting for nearly four out of every ten (39.7%) patent-related lawsuits so far in FY 2016. Nearly one in ten (9.3%) patent lawsuits were filed in Delaware, with all remaining judicial districts together accounting for just about half (51%).
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