A new report was published today noting a drop-off in recent patent lawsuits. The data released by Unified Patents is the second recent indication that there may be a decline in suits following this summer’s US Supreme Court decisions.
The Unified Patents data shows that the third quarter of 2014 saw 23 percent fewer patent cases overall. When looking only at litigation from patent trolls, which Unified calls “non-practicing entities” or NPEs, one sees a 35 percent drop.
As with the earlier Lex Machina data, it’s too early to determine the decline is necessarily tied to the Alice v. CLS Bank decision from this summer. In that decision, the US Supreme Court said that “do it on a computer”-style patents should be knocked out as too “abstract” for patenting.
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