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Highest-ever number of patent infringement actions filed in 2011

Courts pay a lot of attention to damages assessments, offer large awards

2011 saw the largest-ever number of patent infringement actions filed—4,015—according to PricewaterhouseCooper’s recently-released 2012 Patent Litigation Study. This was a 22 percent growth over 2010.

The study notes that counsel should keep an eye on damages assessments, something courts have been paying a lot of attention to. From 2006 to 2011, the median damages award was $4 million, but already in 2012, two awards of about $1 billion each have already been given.

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