Patent lawsuit filings in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas -- long considered a national "rocket docket" for intellectual property litigation -- are ebbing after a steady increase during the past seven years. The district has logged 245 lawsuits so far this year, according to the court clerk's office. If filings continue at the same rate, the total will drop by 12 percent from last year, resulting in the first yearly decline in at least five years.
Eastern Texas' IP 'Rocket Docket' Shows Signs of Slowing
The National Law Journal
October 3, 2008