Bloomberg Law
June 12, 2020, 10:30 AM

Patent Lawsuits on Rise, Buying Spree Hints More To Come

Matthew Bultman
Matthew Bultman

Federal courts are seeing a jump in patent infringement lawsuits, and recent intellectual property sales are hinting at a further increase.

Even as the coronavirus outbreak disrupted U.S. courts and businesses, patent lawsuits in the first five months of 2020 increased 9% year-over-year, Bloomberg Law data show. The lawsuit pace is also up 5% from the same period in 2018.

The increase in patent cases comes amid recent Federal Circuit and patent office developments that can make it harder for accused infringers to quickly invalidate patents. New cases from non-practicing entities (NPE)—companies that generate revenue mainly from patent licensing and ...

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