During the past one-thousand posts, litigation that involves patents accounts for several of my posts (See my post of Dec. 17, 2010 #3: patent trolls and lawsuits; Jan. 14, 2011: patent litigation costs; Jan. 22, 2011: low percentage of chip patents in litigation; June 19, 2011 #4: LITAlert database of patent litigation; July 19, 2011: patent litigation metrics in France; Aug. 23, 2011: patent awards to trolls compared to operating companies; and Sept. 13, 2011: $7 billion cost of NPE litigation.).
From the same set of posts, workload for patent lawyers shows up in several (See my post of Jan. 10, 2011: competitive monitoring; Jan. 10, 2011: R&D staff numbers compared to patent lawyers; Jan. 28, 2011: reporting lines in French law departments; Jan. 28, 2011: EADS encourages patentable research; June 8, 2011: executives value IP increasingly so more work incurred; June 19, 2011: consequences if a company’s patents are deemed industry standards; April 14, 2011 #5: American Express’ redesigned patent program; Aug. 10, 2011: ratio of patents applied for to granted regarding cell phones; and Oct. 16, 2011: defensive publication.).
Given my fondness for metrics, a number of posts refer to benchmarks and calculations regarding patents (See my post of Jan. 3, 2011: swarms of patents from China; Jan. 11, 2011: synthetic indices; and June 13, 2011: two common KPIs in patent management.).
Costs, always costs, show up in several posts (See my post of March 27, 2011: European patent costs may drop; April 27, 2011: Lecorpio patent software; July 30, 2011: no patent, no payment of fees; Aug. 18, 2011: high cost to small companies of obtaining patents; Oct. 14, 2011: software to oversee a patent portfolio; Oct. 24, 2011: varied treatment in budgets of patent costs; and Sept. 16, 2011: patent aggregators AST and RPX who help reduce costs.).