Patent Infringement Actions Declining: Study

Law360, New York (February 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Fewer business method patent filings, alternative dispute resolutions, and the rising costs of litigation have led to the first decline in patent infringement actions in 16 years, according to a new survey.

The 2007 Patent and Trademark Damages Study released Monday by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP also found that juries award larger damages than judges and plaintiffs win about a third of all patent cases. The study included more than 2,300 cases from federal district courts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

The study found...
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