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Every six months, WTR takes a deep dive into trademark litigation data to identify key trends, the courts with the busiest dockets and the law firms and companies most often involved in legal disputes.
Trademark litigation filings at US district court level registered a small increase on 2020 in 2021, according to the latest data from Docket Navigator. However, litigation actions continue to trail pre-pandemic levels.
Trademark litigation filings at US federal district court level remain set to exceed 2020’s number this year, according to the latest data from Lex Machina.
This time last year, we reported that trademark litigation filings in federal district courts had hit a four-year high, outpacing patent cases for the second straight year. However, 2020 was very different.
The latest data reveals that the US litigation filings slump continued through the second quarter. While litigation levels are set for a multi-year low, in contrast, filing levels have increased.
A total of 4,367 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States last year. Examination of the data reveals the leading trademark litigation plaintiffs and defendants in the country – as well as the law firms picking up the most work.
The latest data from Lex Machina reveals that 2,289 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in the first half of 2019, up 12% year-on-year. If current trends continue, it will represent a four-year high.
New data reveals that 4,017 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in 2018. After a near decade of decline, it appears that litigation levels are stabilising in the country – a contrasting picture to that of patents.
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