There were 3 new intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright) case filings in November and December 2011 at the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island. This brings the final total to 13 new IP case filings (3 patent and 9 trademark and 1 copyright) for the year, which is a 32% decrease over the 19 new IP case filings in 2010.
The new cases in November consist of 1 trademark and 1 copyright case. The new filing in December is a trademark case. These cases will be highlighted in an upcoming blog post.
These numbers only include cases that have been designated in the court's database as a patent, trademark or copyright case. There are other cases pending where the complaint may include trademark or other intellectual property claims, or where intellectual property counterclaims may have been asserted. But unless the case is designated as such in the court's database, we are not counting it here