Industry Groups Alarmed By Sharp Rise In Patent Litigation

Law360, New York (August 1, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Patent litigation is rising at a pace faster than all other federal disputes, prompting concerns about a growing threat of frivolous lawsuits and a flood of weak patents coming out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

In the past decade, the number of patent lawsuits filed in U.S. district courts rose by 78%, even as the total number of district-court cases - including labor-law, personal-injury and bankruptcy cases - rose only 12%, according to statistics from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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