Statistics released today show that 2015 saw more patent lawsuits filed than any other year save one. Buried beneath heaps of high-tech lawsuits—led as usual by “patent trolls,” shell companies with no real assets other than patents—are strong trends pushing power away from patent-holders and toward the defendant companies they sue.
If one adds together district court cases with patent disputes that are resolved through the process of “inter partes review,” or IPR, a proceeding involving the Patent Trademark and Appeals Board (PTAB) at the US Patent Office, then 2015 saw the most patent disputes in history. If only district court cases are measured, 2013 was the year with the most filings.
“This would indicate that activity has not decreased since the America Invents Act became law,” said Kevin Jakel, CEO of United Patents.
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