Figure 1: In 2015, Patent Troll disputes is projected to exceed 7000.
Figure 2: In 2015, Eastern District of Texas overtook PTAB as the top venue for patent disputes.
Figure 3: In 2015, PTAB filings continue to increase.
Figure 4: In Q2 2015, PTAB petitions reached 32.1% of initiated litigations.
District Court Litigations
Figure 5: First half of 2015 had 11.1% more District Court cases initiated than the same period in 2014 and a 35.2% more than the second half of 2014.
Figure 6: High-Tech had the majority of District Court and PTAB initiated disputes.
Figure 7: NPE litigation made up 68% of District Court cases initiated in the first half of 2015, compared to 65.4% in the same period last year and 57.3% in the second half of 2014.
Figure 8: NPE litigation made up 89.8% of High-Tech cases in the first half of 2015, compared to 85.0% in the same period last year and 82.5% in the second half of 2015.
Figure 9: 94.3% of High-Tech cases related to NPEs were by Patent Assertion Entities.
Figure 10: In the first half of 2015, 52.1% of High-Tech PTAB Petitions were filed against NPE Patent Owners.
Figure 11: The number of 2015 patent litigation filings is projected to surpass 6000, the highest count ever.
Figure 12: In Q2 2015, 71.4% of all litigation were NPE-generated.
Figure 13: 68% of all cases filed in 2015 were NPE-related.
Figure 14: 89.8% of all NPE-related litigation in 2015 was in the High-Tech sector.
Figure 15: High-Tech was the only sector where a majority of 2015 cases were NPE-related.
Figure 16: eDekka was 2015's largest individual NPE filer.
Figure 17: Apple was 2015's top company most litigated against.
Figure 18: 953 PTAB petitions were filed in the first half of 2015, a 31% increase over the same period last year.
Figure 19: 41.9% of PTAB petitions in 2015 so far were filed against NPEs.
Figure 20: 61.1% of 2015 PTAB petitions were High Tech related.
Figure 21: 78.4% of 2015 PTAB petitions filed against NPEs were in the High Tech sector.
Figure 22: 85% of 2015 PTAB petitions filed against NPEs were against Patent Assertion Entities.
Figure 23: IPRs account for 90.4% of all 2015 PTAB petitions.
Figure 24: Top 5 PTAB Petitioners in 2015
Figure 25: Top 5 Patent Owners petitioned against in 2015
High Tech = Software, Hardware, Networking, etc.
Medical = Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Related Technologies, etc…
Other = Mechanical, Packaged Good, Sporting Equipment, etc…
Non Practicing Entity (NPE) = Company which derives the majority of its total revenue from Patent Licensing activities.
Operating Company or Op. Co. = Company which derives most of its total revenue from Product Sales or Services. Could be an SME or a large company.
Other Entity = Universities / Non-Profits / Government / Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
NPE (Patent Assertion Entities) = Entity whose primary activity is licensing patents and acquired most of its patents from another entity
NPE (Small Company) = Entity whose original activity was providing products and services, but now is primarily focused on monetizing its own patent portfolio.
NPE (Individual) = Entity owned of controlled by an individual inventor who is primarily focused on monetizing inventions patents by that individual inventor.
SME = Companies that make less than $200 million in annual revenue.
Venue in Federal District Court
E.D. Tex. = Eastern District of Texas
D. Del. = Delaware
C.D. Cal. = Central District of California
D.N.J. = New Jersey
N.D. Cal. = Northern District of California
Total number of reported cases can vary based on what is included. Unified made its best attempt to eliminate mistaken, duplicative, or changes in venue filings, hence the totals may vary by < 1% compared to other reporting entities.
This includes all District Court and PTAB litigations between January 1, 2015 and June 30th, 2015
Statistics include litigations initiated by NPEs or Declaratory Judgments (DJs) initiated by operating companies against NPEs.
Unified strives to accurately identify NPE through all available means, such as court filings, public documents, and product documentation.