Only One In Ten Patent Lawsuits Decided At Trial: Survey

Law360, New York (February 16, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Only one in ten patent lawsuits are decided at trial, a ratio that has hardly changed in the past decade despite dramatic growth in litigation, an in-depth survey of federal dockets has found.

Patent litigation nearly doubled between 1991 and 2004. But the outcome of those cases held remarkably steady. Litigation ended with a settlement more than 64% of the time, while dismissals have hovered around 25%, according to analysis conducted by Maryland-based consulting firm Invotex Group.

In the period surveyed, the percentage of settlements dropped...
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