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Feb. 18, 2015

Law360: Fewer Patent Cases In Court, Way More At PTAB, Report Finds, by Ryan Davis

This article originally appeared in Law360 on February 18, 2015.

Law360, New York (February 18, 2015, 7:32 PM ET) — The number of new patent cases filed in U.S. district courts in 2014 dropped 18 percent from the year before, and filings challenging patents under the America Invents Act at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board skyrocketed 212 percent, a new report has found.

The 2014 year in review report by the legal research service Docket Navigator said that the amount of new patent activity in district court in 2014 declined by several measures, including the number of new suits, which fell from 6,107 in 2013 to 5,020 in 2014. Patent filings at the PTAB, however, shot up from 792 cases in 2013 to 1,677 in 2014.

“Without question, 2014 was an eventful year for the U.S. patent community,” the report said. “New patent litigation filings in U.S. district courts declined for the first time since 2010, while the number of proceedings in the PTAB grew more than 200 percent.”