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NPE activity still rising, but Obama executive order attempts to curb that

June 5, 2013

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NPE activity still rising, but Obama executive order attempts to curb that

June 5, 2013

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Patent non-practicing entities (NPEs) have been a hot topic in politics recently. A recent study concluded that over fifty percent of all patent lawsuits are filed by NPEs. By other accounts, including the White House, the actual number exceeds sixty percent. This reflects an exceedingly upward trend. In 2001 only about 150 lawsuits involved NPEs. By 2011, that number had risen to 1200, and more than doubled in the following year. So it is not surprising that President Obama issued a series of executive actions earlier this month.

Fish Principal Christian Chu reviews the five executive orders President Obama issued reflect small steps in an effort to reform patent litigation to address the issue of NPEs on this blog post – NPE activity still rising, but Obama executive order attempts to curb that.

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