The document below gives an overview of a few of the lawsuits initiated by patent assertion entities (PAEs) in Europe between 2010 and 2017, representing only those that had been reported in the press or through statements of the parties. As information pertaining to lawsuits is often not otherwise accessible through the court system, this list is far from exhaustive.
Moreover, the information in this table does not relate to threats of litigation and claims for payment made by PAEs against European innovators prior to the commencement of formal legal proceedings. These threats are designed to force innovators to pay settlements to PAEs precisely to avoid lengthy and costly legal proceedings, but they are not available in the public domain. As a result, the overview of lawsuits initiated by PAEs in Europe represents merely the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of PAE activity, threats and abuses in Europe