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Patent litigation costs involving NPEs in the U.S. 2005-2011

The statistic shows a the aggregated accrued direct costs of patent litigations involving NPEs in the United States from 2005 to 2011. NPEs are popularly known as "patent trolls", firms who do not produce goods and services from their patents, but use them to sue other companies who do. In 2009, the total costs for defendants in NPE patent litigations amounted to about 13.7 billion U.S. dollars.

Aggregated accrued direct costs of patent litigations involving NPEs in the United States from 2005 to 2011

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Release date

June 2012

Region

United States

Survey time period

2005 to 2011

Supplementary notes

NPEs are defined by the authors as individuals and firms who own patents but to not use the patented technology to produce goods and services. Instead they assert the patents against companies that do produce goods and services.
Aggregated costs include legal costs, settlement costs, and other costs for resolved lawsuits, unresolved lawsuits and non-litigated assertions. Accrued costs means full projected costs of currently unresolved lawsuits are included.

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