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Patent infringement filings take a nosedive

Publication Date: 
January 19, 2009
National Law Journal
Amanda Bronstad

The Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse is referenced and Executive Director Joshua Walker is quoted in an article in the National Law Journal examining the recent decline in patent infringement filings:

Last year, 2,605 patent infringement cases were filed, down by about 8% from 2007, according to Stanford Law School's IP Litigation Clearinghouse, which tracks new filings. Filings had been on the rise since 2005.


Joshua Walker, executive director of the Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse, which launched last month, said the group's statistics weed out false filings that often appear in regular district court searches. For instance, a comparable search on the Pacer Service Center, which provides public access to federal courts, found that more than 2,800 patent infringement cases were filed in federal courts in 2008, down by 3.5% from 2007.

The declines were most pronounced in the last five months of the year. Through July 31, filings last year had been up by 2% from the year earlier, according to the Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse. From Aug. 1 until the end of the year, they fell by 23%.