Patent Injunctions Drop Sharply In 2018

Law360 (January 31, 2019, 10:03 PM EST) -- The number of injunctions being sought and issued in patent cases dipped in 2018 compared to recent years, a trend attorneys say may be linked to factors including a lower number of patent suit filings and case law that has helped accused infringers argue an injunction is not warranted.

According to a new report from Lex Machina, 17 permanent injunctions were granted in patent cases where judges reached a determination in the merits last year, while nine were denied. In addition, there were 134 injunctions issued on consent judgments.

Those figures represent a sharp drop in injunctions from the previous year....

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