Overview - Q1 2016 litigation was down from previous quarters. About 90% of High-Tech litigation was NPE related, similar to previous quarters.
Fig. 1 - Patent disputes in Q1 2016 decreased 28% compared to Q4 2015 and 25% compared to Q1 2015, respectively.*
* Part of the Q1 2016 decrease compared to Q4 2015 in District Court litigation is likely the result of cases filed before the December 1st 2015 heightened pleading requirement. For more information please go here.
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Fig. 2 - We estimate total 2016 patents disputes to be close to 2014 numbers, but lower than 2015 based on current projections.*
* 2016 projections were based on taking into account Q4 2015, Q1 2016 and historical numbers.
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Fig. 3 - High-Tech continues to have the most patent disputes.
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Fig. 4 - PTAB has become the largest venue for patent disputes. E.D. Texas the largest venue for initiating District Court patent litigation in Q1 2016.
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Fig. 5 - NPEs filed 87% of the cases in E.D. Texas.
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Fig. 6 - In Q1 2016, NPEs filed the majority of lawsuits.
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Fig. 7 - The majority of D. Court litigation was in High-Tech.
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Fig. 8 - 87% of Q1 2016 High-Tech patent suits were NPEs. 92% of all NPE suits were in High-Tech.
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Fig. 9 - 85% of Q1 2016 NPE litigations were Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs).
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Fig. 10 - NPEs made up less than half of Q1 PTAB filings.
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Fig. 11 - Tech remains the top industry affected by PTAB.
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Fig. 12 - IPRs remained the most popular form of post-grant challenge.
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Fig. 13 - The top 5 Q1 2016 litigation filers are all NPEs
Shipping and Transit, LLC
Sportbrain Holdings, LLC
Solocron Education, LLC
High-tech = Technologies relating to Software, Hardware, and Networking
Medical = Technologies relating to Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Health Related Technologies
Other = Technologies relating to Mechanical, Packaged Goods, Sporting Equipment and any other area outside of high-tech and medical patents.
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
TXED = Eastern District of Texas
DED = Delaware
CACD = Central District of California
NJD = New Jersey
CAND = 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 slightly compared to other reporting entities.
This includes all District Court and PTAB litigations between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016.
Statistics include litigations initiated by NPEs or Declaratory Judgments (DJs) initiated by operating companies against NPEs.
Unified strives to accurately identify NPEs through all available means, such as court filings, public documents, and product documentation.