In 2005, there were 740 worldwide dental patents issued with over 13,000 pages of claims, drawings & diagrams. These patents were issued by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the European Patent Office, & the World Intellectual Property Organization.
- Most lawsuits in the dental industry deal with patent infringement.
- It now costs over $3 million to defend a patent infringement lawsuit.
- Patent litigation has increased 78% in the US during the last 10 years.
Source: Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/c50437)