The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 hammered the legal landscape and brought countless new challenges. The pandemic triggered devastation, both economic and otherwise, and disrupted operations in the courts and across the broader legal industry.

Despite the recession—or partly as a result of it—2020 was also a year of growth for patent litigation in the United States. This column provides a look back at patent litigation filing statistics in recent years across district courts in the United States, with an eye towards current trends that in all likelihood will continue deep into 2021.

2020: A Surge in Patent Litigation

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