New Jersey's federal courts are in the midst of a surge in patent litigation, driven by pharmaceutical companies' claims of infringement against generic-drug producers.

Plaintiffs filed seven patent suits in the District of New Jersey from May 20-26, representing a major escalation when compared with the average rate of one new patent suit per week. And the surge continued in the period from May 26-30, when another three patent suits were filed.

All but one of the 10 cases were brought by holders of drug patents seeking to stop the production of generic versions of their products.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.