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Over the last two years, filings of patent cases in federal courts have risen 12 percent to 6,401. While many districts show a double-digit increase in the number of patent filings in 2012-2013, the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas saw the largest growth in patent cases, respectively, at 364 and 275 filings.

An in-depth look at the 2013 caseload of the federal courts and activities of the Administrative Office can be found in the 2013 Judicial Business of the U.S. Courts, and Annual Report of the Director, released today by the Administrative Office.

In calendar year 2012, a total of 3,395 orders authorizing the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications, or wiretaps, were approved by state and federal judges. The Administrative Office of the United States Courts (AO) is required by statute to report to Congress the number of federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving wiretaps.

Detailed reports on the fiscal year 2012 caseload of the federal courts and on the activities of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts were released today.

Federal court statistical profiles for the nation’s 12 regional appeals courts and 94 district courts for fiscal year 2012, the 12-month period ending September 30, 2012, are newly available.

A 2011 statistical report on debtors with primarily consumer debt filing for bankruptcy shows an 11 percent drop in case filings, a 23 percent drop in filer assets, 25 percent drop in filer liabilities and a 28 percent incidence of repeat filers.

Over the last few weeks, municipalities have declared bankruptcy. Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code provides for reorganization of municipalities, which includes cities and towns, as well as villages, counties, taxing districts, municipal utilities, and school districts.

Federal and state applications for orders authorizing or approving wiretaps dropped 14 percent in 2011, with 85 percent of all applications citing illegal drugs as the offense under investigation.

Caseloads for fiscal year 2011 increased in district courts and in the probation and pretrial services system, while falling slightly in the appellate and bankruptcy courts.

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