Continued Decline in Patent Lawsuits
(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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