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Patent Troll Cases Now a Majority of All Patent Lawsuits Filed

December 11, 2012

A quick–hitter coming out of the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice’s workshop on patent assertion entities (a/k/a non–practicing entities or patent trolls).

As reported by Reuters, Professor Colleen Chien of Santa Clara University presented new findings that an astounding 61% of all patent lawsuits filed through December 1, 2012, were brought by patent–assertion entities, up from a 45% figure last year. Reuters quotes Chien as saying, “It’s pretty dramatic…It means more suits are being brought by entities that don’t make anything than those that do.”

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