New Patent Complaints Drop To Lowest Level Since 2011

By Ryan Davis (January 12, 2017, 4:42 PM EST) -- Fewer patent cases were filed in 2016 than in any year since 2011, while the Eastern District of Texas maintained its position as by far the most popular patent suit venue for another year, according to a report released Thursday by legal analytics firm Lex Machina.

A total of 4,520 new patent suits were filed last year, down 22 percent from 5,823 in 2015, the report found. The annual number of patent complaints has fluctuated by several hundred for the past several years, but 2015 was the first year the number of new suits fell below 5,000 since 2011 when 3,578...

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