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GAO releases patent data study

Agency’s report says patent litigation review could improve quality of patents

A new patent litigation study from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that the U.S. court system could soon improve the quality of patents and cut down on rampant infringement litigation.

According to the study, from 2010 to 2011, the number of patent infringement lawsuits increased by about one third. The increase was likely due to anticipated changes in the America Invents Act, which overhauled the U.S. patent system. Among the changes were new rules limiting the number of defendants that could be included in a lawsuit, which caused some plaintiffs to file multiple suits against multiple plaintiffs instead of lumping them together in one suit.

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