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Figure 1: In 2014, patent disputes reached the second highest level in history, 6,674.
Figure 2: In 2014, PTAB filings increased, as litigation dropped.
Figure 3: In Q4 2014, PTAB petitions reached 45% of initiated litigations.
Figure 4: In 2014, SMEs filed 3.7% of PTAB petitions against NPEs, although they were sued about 24.2% of the time by NPEs.
Figure 5: In 2014, High-Tech SMEs filed 3% of the PTAB petitions against NPEs, although they were sued 20% of the time by NPEs.
Figure 6: In 2014, the High-Tech sector dominated district court litigation and the PTAB.
Figure 7: In 2014, the High-Tech sector dominated NPE activity in district court litigation and the PTAB.
Figure 8: In 2014, PAEs dominated NPE activity in district court litigation and the PTAB.
Figure 9: In 2014, the PTAB became the top venue for patent disputes.
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.
Independent = Entities not prone to patent infringement suits, for example non-profits or companies like Unified Patents.
Total number of reported petitions can vary. Unified made its best attempt to eliminate mistaken or duplicative filings.
Unified strives to accurately identify NPEs through all available means, such as court filings, public documents, and product documentation.
Unified strives to determine an SME's revenue through all available means, such as court filings, public documents, and product documentation.