Firm Outcome

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Like Case Outcomes, Firm Outcomes are based on Accusation Outcomes. […]

Like Case Outcomes, Firm Outcomes are based on Accusation Outcomes. Once all of the Accusations in a case are resolved, Accusation Outcomes can be applied. Docket Navigator then categorizes that Firm Outcome into five classifications based on the mix of Accusation Outcomes associated with that Firm’s clients in those Cases. If the same Firm had clients who were both Patentees and a Patent Challengers on the same case, they will have a separate Firm Outcome for each of those two roles.

  • “Patentee Win”
    • The firm’s clients only have Patentee Win accusation outcomes.
    • The firm’s clients only have Patentee Win accusation outcomes mixed with Settled accusation outcomes.
  • “Patent Challenger Win”
    • The firm’s clients only have Patent Challenger Win accusation outcomes.
    • The firm’s clients only have Patent Challenger Win accusation outcomes mixed with Settled accusation outcomes.
  • “Non-Merits Dismissal”
    • The firm’s clients only have Non-Merits Dismissal accusation outcomes.
    • The firm’s clients only have Non-Merits Dismissal accusation outcomes mixed with Settled accusation outcomes.
  • Mixed” includes cases where the firm’s clients had a combination of the above types of outcomes.
  • “Settled/Voluntarily Dismissed” includes cases where the firm’s clients had only settled or voluntarily dismissed accusation outcomes.

For ITC cases, the Firm Outcomes are derived from Accusation Outcomes collected directly from the ITC.

For PTAB cases, the Firm Outcomes are derived from the findings of patentability made by the Board, or from institution denial.

Currently the Firm Outcomes reflected in search results and charts in the database are the original, lower court outcomes. Post-appeal outcomes are not currently counted. For example, if a case is dismissed as a result of a 12(b)(6) ruling, which is then overturned by the Federal Circuit and ultimately results in a settlement, only the 12(b)(6) outcome will be counted/displayed in search results. This means that the outcomes displayed in search results and charts may not be the final Firm Outcome.

Last Updated: July 19, 2023

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