As the past few years have shown, there is no “normal” year for U.S. patent litigation. 2015 was another active year, and another year of surprises. After falling slightly in 2014, the number of new patent litigation proceedings rebounded in 2015, increasing 13% overall. While the number of new U.S. district court cases increased 15% over 2014, the number of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings increased only 7%.
Yet beyond those macro level statistics, the patent landscape continues to shift, prompting all members of the patent community to reevaluate business and legal strategies. In this report, we analyze patent litigation data from the U.S. district courts, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and AIA proceedings in the PTAB to help you better understand those changes.