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A Review Of Patent-Related Trends In The Auto Industry

Law360, New York (April 23, 2015, 10:22 AM EDT) -- By investigating U.S. patent-related trends relevant to the automotive industry from 2008 to 2013, our study uncovered several noteworthy trends in patent filing and litigation activity. For one, the automotive industry has seen robust patent application filing activity during the study years, with an increase in original equipment manufacturer (OEM) filing activity relative to the rest of the industry.

Additionally, this study shows an uptick in automotive litigation activity, driven by nonpracticing entities, also referred to as patent "trolls." NPEs have been prolific litigators against automotive companies....
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