Patent Cases Plummet In Calif. As Courts Embrace Alice

Law360, San Diego (March 3, 2015, 10:44 PM EST) -- California federal courts saw a 30 percent drop in patent cases last year, and attorneys say with judges in the Golden State showing a greater willingness to invalidate patents in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision, nonpracticing entities are concentrating on launching their litigation campaigns in friendlier jurisdictions outside the state.

Compared with a 19 percent decline from the previous year in patent complaints filed in all U.S. federal courts in 2014, California took in almost a third fewer patent cases, dropping from 876 cases in 2013 to 612 cases last year, according to data compiled by Law360. Although...

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