Patent litigation study

The Patent litigation study provides an overview and analysis of trends in patent litigation. The Study also addresses issues regarding companies’ patent positions, protection and enforcement strategies, and litigation tactics.

2011 Patent litigation study
PwC maintains a database of patent damages awards (from 1980 through 2010), collecting with specificity information about patent holder success rates, time-to-trial statistics, and practicing versus nonpracticing entity ("NPE") statistics (all from 1995 through 2010). This year's study adds industry classification and expanded NPE segmentation analyses. Based on this study, several observations can be made to help executives, legislators, and litigators assess their patent enforcement — or defense — strategies, as well as the impact of NPEs.

2010 Patent litigation study
PwC has compiled and maintained a thorough database of patent damages awards (from 1980 through 2009), collecting information about patent holder success rates, time-to-trial statistics, and practicing versus nonpracticing entity statistics (all from 1995 through 2009). Based on this study, several observations can be made to help executives, legislators, and litigators assess their patent enforcement strategies, as well as the impact of NPEs.

2009 Patent litigation study
The debate over patent reform has become more strident in the past few years as many of the world's largest companies face increasing threats of litigation from competitors and from organizations known as nonpracticing entities (NPEs) that do not design, manufacture, or distribute products.

2008 Patent litigation study
There is heightened action in the patent arena -- senior executives are facing a myriad of issues on the use of litigation to protect and monetize their patented products and ideas. Although the risks in patent litigation have increased, the damages awards remain significant.

2007 Patent litigation study (PDF)
The number of patent infringement actions has declined, according to the 2007 Study. While filed patent cases increased more rapidly than growth in patent grants during the past 15 years, filed patent cases have been declining in the past two years.