A new report published today by Lex Machina states that from Silicon Valley to the Supreme Court, patents have become an inescapable part of the corporate and political landscapes in America. This year alone, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the highest proportion of Intellectual Property cases in history. The patent case load of the district courts has more than doubled since 2008, and verdicts like Apple-Samsung have captured headlines with eye-popping damages. The report also confirms that Apple is still the number one target by patent trolls, which this report creatively calls "Patent Monetization Entities." The more recognized term is that of Non Practicing Entity (NPE).