Draft Patent Troll Bill Spurs Huge Spike In New Suits

Law360, New York (May 2, 2014, 7:14 PM EDT) -- More new patent lawsuits were filed April 23 than on any day in at least the last 14 years, and the surge was apparently driven by suggested amendments to a Senate patent reform bill that would establish new fee-shifting rules beginning April 24.

According to numbers compiled by IP litigation analytics firm Lex Machina, 190 new patent suits were filed on April 23, the bulk of them by what appear to be nonpracticing entities in the Eastern District of Texas.

The Senate is sparring over several bills aimed at cracking down on so-called patent trolls, and a draft of possible amendments...

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