- Very large companies (>$1B) are much more likley to be hit with charges of patent infringement than are smaller companies (<$100m). Unlike smaller companies, the very large companies also claim that the quantity of charges are on the rise. A small percentage (~3%) of companies with a revenue greater than $100m have defended against more than 50 claims in the past three years.
- For most defendants, the major concern is not the potential for an injunction, but rather the cost of litigating.
- The very large companies are also more likely to be on the plaintiff side asserting their own patents. The report claims a close correlation between company size and likelihood of enforcing its patent claims through litigation.
The report is free after you provide your contact info: Link. I can also e-mail a copy to you.