Patent Lawsuits Took First Dive In Years, Report Says

Law360, New York (May 20, 2015, 8:26 PM EDT) -- The number of patent lawsuits filed last year dropped by 13 percent, a seismic shift from the significant spikes in patent activity over the previous five years, caused in part by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Alice ruling, according to a new study released Wednesday.

The 2015 Patent Litigation Study from analysts at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP found that about 5,700 patent cases were filed in 2014, far fewer than the record-high 6,500 cases filed the previous year and the first time PwC has recorded a decline since 2009.

The steep drop in patent lawsuits, according to the report, is directly linked to...

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