Depressed By Copyright Plunge, IP Litigation Dips

Law360, New York (January 4, 2010, 7:34 PM EST) -- A steep drop in new copyright cases brought by the recording industry and cost-conscious companies has driven down overall intellectual property litigation by nearly 11 percent in 2009 as compared to 2008, according to a Law360 study.

Law360’s review of federal dockets found that despite a 5 percent increase in litigation across practice areas last year, the number of patent, trademark and copyright suits declined to 8,114 in 2009 from 9,064 suits in 2008.

Copyright filings took a significant nosedive, with cases down nearly 35 percent...
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