U.S. Executives Eye Jump In IP Litigation Costs Amid Weak Patent Quality

Law360, New York (September 13, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. companies expect to spend more money on patent litigation in coming years amid a continued decline in patent quality, a survey of executives shows.

The results, presented Tuesday at the Intellectual Property Organization’s annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, showed that executives are skeptical about patent quality and doubt that quality and efficiency would be improved any time soon at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Perhaps as a result of their concern about patent quality, 73.8% of all respondents believe resources required for patent litigation...
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