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Litigation Analytics

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Key Insights:

When measured against 2012, in 2013 the number of lawsuits in US district courts augmented 12% although the “America Invents Act” was passed on September 16, 2011 aiming to decrease the patent infringement cases.
Throughout 2015, Patent Trial and Appeal Board registered highest number of lawsuit despite the fact that number of lawsuits filed increased 111% in 2014 compared to 2013
Right through 2015, CAFC recorded its highest number of appeals with 556 Patent cases in total
25 cases were heard in Supreme Court during 2013, which stands to be the highest number till date
In 2012 the number of patent cases reduced by 43% in the International Trade commission when compared to 70 cases heard in 2011. 54 cases were recorded in 2016, which seems to be 2nd uppermost total next to 2011

Top Litigated Companies Over Years:

Apple ranks no.1 position based on the number of law suits filed against them and filed by them. Apple leads the show being defendant for around 550+ cases and also have filed 400+ cases against the opponents.
Samsung seconds the show by filing 290+ cases against defendants and also have been the defendant for around 490+ cases.
The defendant show list is followed by big other companies like Sony Corp, AT&T, Inc., LG Corp, Amazon, Mylan, Google, Inc. and Microsoft.
Google, Inc., Microsoft, LG Corp. and Sony Corp takes part in the list of plaintiffs for more cases as well.

Most Litigious Patent Over Years:

Top 3 litigious Patents over the year were invented by Martin Kelly Jones which are currently expired
US6904359, US7400970, US6952645 are the top litigious patents that were litigated 453, 410 and 325 times respectively
The current assignee of all these patents is Shipping and Transit LLC—formerly known as ArrivalStar, also known as Melvino Technologies
Adding to it, these companies are Non Practicing Entities who were involved in the most litigious patent troll
The field of invention of these top 3 litigious patents is data communications and information systems

Litigious Patent by IPC

Over the past 8 years G06 - COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING, H04 - ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE, A61 - MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE; HYGIENE, H01 - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS and G01 - MEASURING ; TESTING continued to be the top Litigated Patent categories
Categories like H01 - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS, E04 - BUILDING, H02 - GENERATION, CONVERSION, OR DISTRIBUTION OF ELECTRIC POWER and G10 - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS observed an increasing litigation trend over last 3 years
In 2016, witnessed an increased litigation trend in few categories like A47 - FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL, A24 - TOBACCO; CIGARS; CIGARETTES; SMOKERS' REQUISITES and B62 - LAND VEHICLES FOR TRAVELLING OTHERWISE THAN ON RAILS followed by H03 - BASIC ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY, C12 - BIOCHEMISTRY; BEER; SPIRITS; WINE; VINEGAR; MICROBIOLOGY; ENZYMOLOGY; MUTATION OR GENETIC ENGINEERING, E04 - BUILDING and G02 - OPTICS during 2017

Key Insights:

The Judge analytics allows the user to study the trends in the decisions provided by Judges in the respective courts
James Rodney Gilstrap is often referred by various sources as the country's single "busiest patent judge” of District courts
A record breaking figure of 1,276 cases were heard by him in 2016, this is 19% higher than the cases that he handled in 2015
68% of cases in 2014 and 71% of cases in 2016, handled by Rodney Gilstrap resulted in both the parties agreeing to settle the dispute via court mediation
Judgments on Merits provided during 2015 & 2016 by Rodney Gilstrap were very low at 0.2% and 0.9% in turn.

District Court Outcome Analysis:

In district court, more than 50% of cases both the parties agreed to settle the dispute via court mediation
Around 24% of total suits held in district courts where requested for voluntary dismissial by plaintiffs
only 5% of total cases concluded in district court have reached “Judgments on merits” state
The trend of out of court settlements by both the parties have increased to around 4% of total cases after 2013

PTAB Outcome Analysis:

# of PTAB case status as Final written decision saw a sudden jump in 2016 compared to 2015 and continues to lead in 2017 as well

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