NPE Litigation in the European Union: Facts and Figures

February 18, 2018 / Blog, Report
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Darts-ip’s newest report, NPE LITIGATION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION, is now available.

This report provides a factual overview of Non-Practicing Entity (NPE) related litigation and patent enforcement activities across the European Union (EU) member states, including opposition and nullity actions filed before the European Patent Office (EPO) and Bundespatentgericht.

Studies on the activities of NPEs have been conducted in the United States. Yet, studies on NPEs in Europe have been limited, mostly using anecdotal evidence or samples of litigation data limited to specific courts or parties, without a comprehensive overview of the EU as a whole. This limited analysis has been insufficient to properly assess the phenomenon of NPE actions in Europe. In this context, Darts-ip has contributed additional, invaluable data with the most comprehensive, EU-wide report specific to NPE litigation to date. Darts-ip’s coverage of all major jurisdictions on a global scale allowed for unparalleled data gathering and analysis. IP specialists extracted, compiled and analyzed, quantitatively and qualitatively, all available information from case documents.

This landmark report was presented on the evening of Monday 19 February during an event at the European Parliament in Brussels. Darts-ip Legal Coordinator & IP Consultant David Marques was present to share Darts-ip’s data gathering and analysis methodology.

Notes to Editors:

NPE: Independent organizations (legal entities) which own or benefit from patent rights but do not sell or manufacture goods or services associated with them (i.e., non-operating companies) and which have an active assertion or litigation role as plaintiffs towards the enforcement of their patent rights.


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Author : The Darts-ip team

About Darts-ip:

Darts-ip is a worldwide data provider of intellectual property cases. Based in Brussels and privately held, Darts-ip is the largest known database of its kind, with unsurpassed coverage of all major jurisdictions in the EU and all other regions of the world. With over 3 million cases gathered from more than 3,000 courts worldwide, Darts-ip is the authority in IP cases data. It is used on a daily basis by leading law firms, corporate counsel, and courts alike. Darts-ip combines the efforts of machine learning and IP specialists to extract, compile and analyze, quantitatively and qualitatively, all available information in cases documents. This unique collection of information can be accessed through the Darts- ip case search web application and is also the basis for the production of statistical reports. Darts-ip has released a series of reports over the years on Patent litigation activity in different regions of the world.

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About the Report:

Darts-ip  has  released  a  series  of  reports  over  the  years  on  Patent  litigation  activity  in different regions of the world. The following report has been produced with partial funding from IP2Innovate, which is a coalition of large and small companies that create innovative products and services in Europe and collectively hold thousands of European patents, as well as European industry groups that represent 65 companies, advocating for a robust, balanced and flexible patent legal system in Europe that protects innovators against abuse, works in the public interest and rewards fairly innovators.

For more information please visit or contact:

Patrick Oliver
Executive Director
Mobile: +32-477-597065

For more information about the data in this report, please send your inquiries here.

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