High-Tech Patent Litigation Trends: 101 and the Return of Competitor Lawsuits
In 2017, there was an increase in cloud patent lawsuits filed by NPEs, and a trend of high-volume plaintiffs filing multiple lawsuits against cloud customers. Today, we see an increase in competitor-based lawsuits with assertion against open source software by NPEs and operating companies alike. Legal dynamics are emerging across the board as competitor-based lawsuits are increasing in all areas of high-tech patent litigation, the result of court decisions and a PTO granting more software patents. Patent eligibility remains a pressure point, but the litigation landscape is changing.