The Stanford Law School launched its Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse (“IPLC”) earlier this month – click here to go to the site (registration required). The IPLC is a searchable database of IP lawsuit filings and outcomes since 2000, at least for patents, trade secret, trademark and copyright information is currently a bit more limited. IPLC shows that patent cases have remained relatively constant during this decade, but that the number of patent defendants has increased dramatically. It also proves what Northern District litigators already know, the vast majority of Northern District cases, 86%, settle (this figure includes consent judgments). 1% of cases are resolved on procedural issues. That leaves about 12% of cases to be decided on the merits. Defendants win two-thirds of those cases, 8%, and plaintiffs win the remainder, 4%.