What’s in a number? Apparently, not much. While headline-grabbing patent damages awards were up in 2020 and 2021, payouts on these verdicts are exceedingly rare.
Total U.S. patent litigation more than doubled from 2005, peaking in 2011-2012 and declining significantly since then with two notable exceptions. Disputes peaked about ten
2019 saw the fewest patent suits filed since 2010. This occurred despite the increasing need to file suit in order to license in many areas