IP INFRINGEMENT COMPLAINTS RISE IN OCTOBER IN U.S. COURTS

Intellectual property infringement complaints in U.S. federal courts increased in October, with double-digit increases in all three categories, Bloomberg Law data show.

Patent filings increased 27 percent from September to October. Filings from January through October 2016 were down 19 percent compared to the same period last year. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas was a big reason for that decline, as it saw complaints drop 32 percent over that period.

Copyright complaints saw the largest increase last month, with 32 percent more filings in October compared to the previous month. Filings from January through October 2016 fell 24 percent from the same period last year, largely due to a decline in activity this year by the past year's top litigant, Malibu Media LLC.

Trademark complaints increased 14 percent from September to October. Trademark complaints have been fairly steady overall, with complaints from January through October 2016 rising 3 percent over the same period last year.

The Eastern District of Texas was the busiest IP court in October, with 164 cases filed. Of those, 163 were patent cases.