Filing Patent Lawsuits

According to estimates from LexMachina, the number of U.S. Patent Lawsuits filed in 2016 is set to be significantly lower than any year since enactment of the AIA Non-Joinder Rules.*  While infringement actions are down, the number of patents-in-force is at an all-time high.  PatentLawsuitsPerYear

Prior to the America Invents Act of 2011, the courts allowed plaintiffs to join multiple parties as defendants in a single lawsuit – even when the only relationship between the parties was that they all were alleged to infringe the asserted patent.  The AIA blocked those multi-party actions in its non-joinder provision.  The result was that the number of lawsuits filed per year rose post-AIA even though the number of accused infringers actually dropped. This also means that anyone looking at trends in infringement actions needs to carefully analyze the data if their time span extends across the AIA enactment date.

6 thoughts on “Filing Patent Lawsuits

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      So much for the “out of control ‘Tr011s’ boogeyman” FUD tactics.

      Not sure what’s that supposed to mean. Are you denying that patent tr0lling wasn’t a problem (which would be hilarious)? Or are you denying that patent tr0lling isn’t a problem (equally hilarious)?

      4500 cases/yr still represents a massive systematic problem if, e.g., 2500 of those cases are “do it on a computer” junk filed by NPEs in East Texas.

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        No one is denying that “bad apples” exist.

        The magnitude of the “Oh N0es” and the “fixes” that promote efficient infringement – that’s a different tune.

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      Yes, there has been a significant drop in PAE law suits, due to IPRs, large increases in attorney fee sanctions, Alice, easier venue transfers with single defendant suits, and the end of bare bones FRCP Form 18 complaints.

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