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Patent examiners have an extremely hard job.  They’re given a patent application—which could be anywhere from a page long up to hundreds of pages, with patent claims ranging from a…

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IPR And Alice Appear Responsible For Reduced Patent Litigation Costs

Patent litigation costs have dropped significantly over the past few years, after a steady series of increases over the previous decade.  This drop has sometimes been attributed to the use of inter partes review and to the Alice decision.

The chart below, created based on data from the AIPLA Report of the Economic Survey, shows that this appears to be a reasonable explanation of what has happened.

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