is the CEO and founder of Patexia, an online platform launched in 2010 to connect IP professionals from corporations, law firms and universities all around the world. Pedram’s goal in founding Patexia is to bring transparency and efficiency to the IP system and as a result, help companies better assess, manage and utilize their IP assets. Pedram received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and worked for several high-tech companies including International Rectifier, PMC-Sierra and Foveon in different capacities before founding Patexia.
Earlier this year, we published our findings on some of the best performing patent firms of 2021. Now, we have evaluated this data at the attorney level, meaning that we can compare the activity and performance of patent attorneys and rank them based on their work. To calculate this ranking, our Data Science Team had to develop an AI-based tool to read tens of millions of PDF documents available through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO’s) Public Pair website and then use neural networks to identify the attorney responsible for each application.
Last week, we explained our 2021 findings for the best firms involved in inter partes review proceedings. Today, based on the second annual ANDA Litigation Intelligence Report, which evaluates all stakeholders in Hatch-Waxman cases, we will focus on some of the best law firms involved in these complex cases, and their ranking based on their performance and activity. The study covered a four-year period, from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021, where we identified a total of 1,179 ANDA cases, 1,471 ANDA attorneys, including 289 local counsels, and 243 law firms. More than 90% of all cases were filed in New Jersey and Delaware, which made some attorneys and law firms in those states very busy during this period.
The annual IPR Intelligence Report evaluates all stakeholders in Inter Partes Review (IPR) proceedings each year. Here, we will reveal some of the best law firms involved in the 7,582 IPR challenges filed during the period of the study. In order to have a meaningful comparison, as well as compensating for the time required for each case from filing to completion (e.g. 6 to 18 months), we covered a period of five years, from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2021, using the latest updates for the cases as of August 20, 2021. During this period, a total of 7,582 IPRs were filed to challenge 5,087 unique patents and 80,831 unique claims. Nine-hundred and thirty law firms and a total of 5,341 attorneys represented 2,658 companies involved in one or more IPRs as patent owners or petitioners.
Our recent IPR Intelligence report covers the inter partes review (IPR) filing activity at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2021. Over the period of our study (July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2021) a total of 7,582 IPR petitions were filed, which shows a 1.6% decline compared to the five-year period we covered in our fourth annual report last year (July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2020). Nine-hundred and thirty law firms have represented patent owners and petitioners, while 5,341 attorneys worked for these firms. In the last five years, 2,658 companies have been involved in one or more IPRs, out of which 1,275 were on the petitioner’s side and 1,630 were patent owners.