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AIPLA 2015 Report of the Economic Survey Shows Trends in IP Litigation Costs


July 28, 2015, Arlington, VA, -- Today, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) released the 2015 Report of the Economic Survey. The AIPLA Economic Survey, developed and directed by the Law Practice Management Committee of AIPLA, reports on the annual incomes and related professional characteristics of intellectual property attorneys and associated patent agents. Conducted every other year, the survey also examines the economic aspects of intellectual property law practice, including individual billing rates and typical charges for representative IP law services.
Highlights from the 2015 Report of the Economic Survey include:
  • New this year! The costs of inter partes proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) through the filing of a petition, the end of motion practice, PTAB hearing, and appeal
  • New this year! Data on the reasons for increases or decreases in corporate IP budgets
  • Trends in the costs of patent litigation through mediation, the end of discovery, and inclusive of all costs for different at risk categories as well as the costs of defending a claim of patent infringement by a non-practicing entity
  • Trends in the costs of trademark, copyright, trade secret litigation for different at risk categories
  • Trends in attorney and patent agent incomes, billing rates, and billable hours, as well as typical charges for specific IP services
View a summary of the report. To view the full report and individual data tables, contact Erin Sheehan.
 AIPLA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, was founded in 1897 to maintain a high standard of professional ethics, to aid in the improvement in laws relating to intellectual property and in their proper interpretation by the courts, and to provide legal education to the public and to its members on intellectual property issues. AIPLA is a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community.  

Erin Sheehan

Communications Specialist