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Multiple Defendants in Patent Cases. By Greg Upchurch LegalMetric Director of Research J.D.-Yale Law School Adjunct Professor-Washington University School of Law. Nationwide: Average Number of Defendants. Nationwide: Average Number of Defendants.

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multiple defendants in patent cases

Multiple Defendants in Patent Cases

By Greg Upchurch

LegalMetric Director of Research

J.D.-Yale Law School

Adjunct Professor-Washington University School of Law

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Nationwide: Average Number of Defendants
  • From 2000 through 2009, the average number of defendants in patent cases, as filed was 2.6
  • For the entire period, the average varied from just over 2 (2002) to just over 3 (2007)
  • There seems to a slight upward trend nationwide in number of defendants per case
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Nationwide: Number of Defendants
  • For the entire period, the largest number of cases involved just one defendant
  • The number of cases with 2 defendants was roughly ½ the number with 1 defendant
  • A significant number of cases had more than 15 defendants
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Number of Defendants in Texas Eastern District
  • The average number of defendants in the Eastern District of Texas exceeds the average number in all the other districts consistently from 2000 through 2009.
  • Since 2004, the average number of defendants in the Eastern District of Texas has shown a gradual increase.
  • The figure for 2001 may in part be a result of the relatively small number of cases filed in that year, compared to other years (see below)
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  • Data Extracted from LegalMetric Multiple Defendants Report for 2010.