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Patent holder median damages in U.S. by type of practicing entity 1998-2017

The median damages awarded to non-practicing entities (NPEs) in U.S. patent litigations reached 14.8 million U.S. dollars for the period between 2013 and 2017. This is substantially more than the median damages of 4.2 million U.S. dollars awarded to practicing entities (PEs) during the same time period.

Patent holder median damages awarded in patent litigation cases in the United States between 1998 and 2017, by type of practicing entity

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Release date

March 2018


United States

Survey time period

1998 to 2017

Supplementary notes

* NPE: non-practicing entity, businesses and individual entities that rely on licensing and litigation to monetize their intellectual property.
* PE: practicing entity, businesses that monetize their intellectual property by creating and selling products.

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