There were 10 new intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright) case filings in the first six months of 2013 at the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island, 6 filings in June alone! This is a 150% increase over the number of IP cases filings for the first six months of 2012, and an 11% increase over the number of IP case filings for the first 6 months of 2011.
Overall, patent filings lead the way so far in 2013, with 6 new case filings. There have also been 2 new trademark case filings, and 3 new copyright case filings. Some of these filings will be highlighted in upcoming blog posts, where we will see if we can determine any reasons for the uptick in filings in the Ocean State.
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.