COVID-19 may have taken a big bite out of the economy, but it hasn’t slowed down patent infringement litigation.

Fueled by nonpracticing entities, district court filings for the first half of 2020 were up 16% over the previous six months. Most of the upturn came during the second quarter, leading to some speculation that investor reallocation of capital to alternative investments such as litigation funding might be boosting the activity.

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