The number of patent litigation cases filed in U.S. courts dropped in 2014, the first decrease in five years. That's according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
The report comes
out Wednesday. It credits the Supreme Court's decision in Alice Corp.
v. CLS Bank for much of the drop in patent litigation. The case, which
was decided in June 2014, raised the bar for software patents, the sort
that many nonpracticing entities (aka NPEs, or patent trolls) prey upon.
"We'll probably see this trend continue, and more
dramatically," Barry said. That's because the case was concluded halfway
through 2014, meaning a full year's worth of effects in 2015 should
really show a big decline.