Are Patent Trolls Really on the Rise?

A new study sheds some light on the controversial subject of rising patent troll numbers.
 
 
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Oct. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- A new study by Robin Feldman suggests patent troll litigation almost doubled from 2007 to 2011.  But the underlying data actually reveals a more complex issue.  Patent trolls sued fewer defendants in 2008, 2009, and 2010.  The number of defendants sued by trolls in 2011 only increased marginally.  

"The new joinder requirements under the 2011 America Invents Act requires patent monetizers to sue defendants in individual lawsuits," says Darin Klemchuk.  "Under the old system, plaintiffs would sue tens or even hundreds of defendants in one lawsuit."  "Feldman's data reveals a stark increase in suits filed by patent monetizers in 2011, but the actual number of defendants sued relative to all patent litigation defendants seems to have only increased slightly from 2007."

Patent trolls litigation increased in 2011, but it remains to be seen whether this is a trend or an anomaly.  

About Darin Klemchuk:

Darin Klemchuk is co-founder and managing partner of Klemchuk Kubasta LLP, a Dallas-based IP boutique law firm that offers comprehensive intellectual property legal services, including litigation and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property as well as registration and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade dress and copyrights.  To contact Mr. Klemchuk, email him at darin.klemchuk@kk-llp.com

About Klemchuk Kubasta LLP:

Based in Dallas, Texas, Klemchuk Kubasta LLP is an IP boutique law firm that offers comprehensive intellectual property legal services, including litigation and enforcement of all forms of intellectual property as well as registration and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights.  The firm also provides legal services relating to domain names, e-commerce, privacy policies, social media, Internet law, commercial and business litigation, technology transactions, and international business & trade.  Additional information about the firm and its attorneys may be found at www.kk-llp.com.
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