Further evidence of a dramatic slowdown in patent litigation activity in the United States is provided today in data published by Unified Patents, the entity whose business is based on helping SMEs fight frivolous patent suits. According to the research, which covers the third quarter of this year (June to September),  there was a 23% drop in the number of suits filed compared to the second quarter, and a 27% year-on-year reduction. [NOTE: the Unified Patents press release linked to in this paragraph is not the original one put out by the firm. That can be seen here. See UPDATE below also]  

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