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Justin E. Gray

IP Litigation Attorney at Foley & Lardner LLP

Former Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law

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Top 150 "Customers": Increasing Domination of the Patent System

Today, Hal Wegner and I have released a new study of patents granted over the past ten years as well as industry-specific "top ten" lists.  This study reflects a trend of increasing concentration of patenting activity in the United States amongst the top filers.  The study predicts that in the near future roughly half all of utility patents will be granted to just 150 patentees.  Further, EE/software/information technology patentees as well as automotive patentees dominate the list compared to bio/pharma patentees.

The study can be found here.

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