We knew it was too good to be true. We saw 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.But things returned back to normal levels in the third quarter, with only 1 new patent filing (which actually is a transfer from another judicial district) and 1 new copyright filing. Still, we are enjoying a 20% increase over the number of IP case filings for the first 9 months of 2012, and over the number of IP case filings for the first 9 months of 2011 as well.
Overall, patent filings lead the way so far in 2013, with 7 new case filings. There have also been 2 new trademark case filings, and 3 new copyright case filings. We will attempt to highlight some of these filings in upcoming blog posts.
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.
6 New IP Cases Filed in RI in June 2013 (7/2/2013)