April continued the 2018 trend of very slight increases, while NPE activity remained slow, presumably waiting for an Oil States decision to determine whether PTAB proceedings were constitutional (spoiler alert – they are constitutional, at least on the narrow ground put before the Supreme Court).  Frequent filers included CXT Systems, Grecia, Hawk Technology, Internet Media

March again saw a very slight increase as the NPEs continued waiting on Oil States.  Frequent filers included Aeritas, Electronic Receipts Delivery Systems, Grecia, Finjan, Hawk Technology, Hybrid Audio, Internet Media Interactive, Landmark Technology, Lit, Location Based Services, Tangelo IP, and Uniloc.

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October continued at a slight uptick in filings, like September.  Frequent filers included Blackbird Technologies, Coding Technologies, Grecia, Guyzar, Hybrid Audio, Internet Media Interactive, Kroy IP, Landmark Technology, Rothschild, and Voit Technologies.

As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database.  Docket Navigator is a valuable resource,

NPE filings increased sharply in November ahead of the implementation of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments which became effective December 1. The amendments deleted from 18 requiring Twombly/Iqbal pleading requirements in patent cases as well as requiring proportionality for discovery. Frequent filers included CYVA Research, eCeipt, Eolas, Hawk Technology, LBS Innovations, Marshall Feature