IP Suits Fall Due To Copyright Slump

Law360, New York (November 19, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The number of intellectual property lawsuits declined 11 percent in 2008 thanks largely to a dropoff in copyright litigation instigated by the recording industry, according to the 2009 Law360 Litigation Almanac.

Analyzing federal dockets, Law360 researchers found that 9,210 patent, copyright and trademark suits had been filed in federal court throughout 2008, down from 10,276 suits filed over the same time period in 2007.

Copyright filings showed by far the biggest decline, dropping 21 percent from 3,948 cases to 3,120 cases. In fact, they have dropped...
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