There were 33 percent fewer patent lawsuits filed in the third quarter of 2015 than in 2014, according to data published today by LexMachina.
1,119 new patent cases were filed in Q3 2015, compared to last year’s record-setting 1,665 cases in the same quarter. Looking at the year as a whole, 4,255 cases were filed in the first nine months of 2015, compared with 3,941 cases in 2014 and 4,593 cases in 2013.
For the past two years, the Eastern District of Texas has led in new filings, being far and away the most popular district to file in. Large numbers of Eastern District of Texas filings are being created by a relatively small number of non-practicing entities, also known as “patent trolls.”