- NPEs account for 20% of patent litigation; operational companies or practicing entities (e.g., Apple, Google, and Samsung) account for 80%
- Software patents account for 89% of patent litigation
- Patent lawsuits only slightly increased from 2000 to 2010
- The America Invents Act (AIA) requiring a separate suit for each defendant rather than allowing joinder of multiple defendants drives the 1/3 increase in post-AIA lawsuits since the AIA passed
Mr. Cooney sounds like a voice in the wilderness. But maybe he is right -- and the entire NPE patent litigation crisis is the handiwork of corporate lobbyists, not to say the US patent system is perfect, to steamroll more US patent law reform.
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