March 2014 Ligitation Report

300 patent lawsuits in the high tech sector were filed this month. Compared to Februarys 305 high tech patent lawsuits, patent litigation remains flat this month. With only a 2% increase in high tech patent cases brought by NPEs its easy to conclude that the rate of litigation stagnated in March.

What that conclusion doesn't account for is how many small or medium enterprises were hit. The overall proportion of SMEs being hit by patent trolls rose from 15% in February to 21% in March. The risks patent trolls pose to small companies is increasing. Startups can join Unified Patents for free and receive all the benefits of membership that large companies do. For more information about joining Unified Patents in deterring NPEs.