Copyright Litigation Soars, But Fewer Sue Over Patents

Law360, New York (October 20, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a surprising break with the long-term trend, patent litigation has dropped off over the past year, while copyright litigation has skyrocketed in the same period thanks to the massive anti-piracy campaign by the music industry.

In the past year, the number of patent lawsuits filed in federal courts is down 12.9% compared with the year before. Meanwhile, copyright litigation is up 100.2%, while trademark litigation rose 5.4%, according to an analysis of federal dockets conducted by IP Law Bulletin.

Overall, the number of federal intellectual...
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