New Stanford Database Uncovers Unexpected IP Trends
The National Law Journal's Legal Pad posted this about the Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse:
Stanford Law School unveiled its Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse Monday night. The clearinghouse is a searchable online database that tracks all patent cases since 2000 and offers hard statistics on trends, from how many suits have been filed to how plaintiffs fare in front of a particular judge. It's already being greeted enthusiastically by lawyers.
Furthermore, the clearinghouse has already spawned a number of research projects, including one on the most talked-about subjects in patent litigation: nonpracticing entities, derogatorily called "patent trolls," whose main business is suing for patent infringement.
The database is also revealing some surprising trends, from a rise in the number of defendants to which districts are friendlier to plaintiffs.