Patent Filings Roundup: Supercell Locked in Dispute with Gree, Vudu Fends off Uniloc, BASF PGRs Ingevity Patents

By Jonathan Stroud
March 11, 2020

Patent FilingsEvery week, Unified Patents compiles all Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and district court filings, lists them, and releases them daily to subscribers. Each Wednesday, IP Watchdog will post the list, with a handful of interesting cases highlighted with context. To see the docket, filings, and learn more about the case, click on the links provided below. Litigation financing or patent aggregator parent data is provided where known and confirmable. The results appear in chronological order, below.

Given that filings were light this week (perhaps the Coronavirus or the cancellation of the PTAB Bar Association’s annual meeting are to blame), here are the highlights:

Supercell OY, the company behind the wildly popular “Clash of Clans” mobile game, has true to its name been locked in an epic patent dispute with Japanese game maker Gree Inc., in which it appears Supercell OY is seeking to invalidate an entire portfolio of patents that Gree has asserted (this time in their fifth amended complaint before Judge Gilstrap in ED Tex.). This week, it has filed another four post-grant reviews (PGRs) on recently-issued Gree patents.

VuduWalmart’s streaming service—is the latest to try and stave off the litigious Uniloc’s [i.e., Fortress IP’s] ‘609 patent, which has been asserted in 10 staggered complaints over the past three years against plenty of defendants. While (now) four PTAB petitions have been filed by various defendants, here Vudu simply sought to join an earlier-instituted petition and earn a seat at the table.

In somewhat International Trade Commission (ITC)-related PGRs, BASF Corporation has challenged two recently minted Ingevity South Carolina, LLC patents. BASF and Ingevity have been locked in an ITC dispute (along with other auto parts companies) since November of 2018 on fuel vapor canister systems—the original complaint relying only on a single reissue patent, which was IPRed separately by BASF and respondent Mahle Filter Systems North America Incorporated after the ITC complaint, but of which both were denied. The newly challenged patents don’t appear to be part of any litigation as of yet.

PTAB (14)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2020-00037 Filed Ingevity South Carolina, LLC BASF Corporation 10323553
IPR2020-00683 Filed Stoller Enterprises, Inc. Fine Agrochemicals Ltd. 10104883
PGR2020-00035 Filed Ingevity South Carolina, LLC BASF Corporation 10323553
PGR2020-00041 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10307677
PGR2020-00038 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10307675
IPR2020-00646 Filed Divx, LLC [Fortress] Netflix, Inc.
Hulu, LLC
8472792
IPR2020-00655 Filed Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd. Satco Products, Inc. 9627435
PGR2020-00042 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10307678
IPR2020-00676 Filed Bell Northern Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 7319889
IPR2020-00677 Filed Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress] Vudu, Inc 8407609
PGR2020-00039 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10307676
IPR2020-00675 Filed Bell Northern Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8204554
IPR2020-00682 Filed Neodron Ltd. [Magentar] Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
Dell Technologies Inc.
HP Inc.
8502547
IPR2019-01514 Instituted Polaris Innovations, Ltd.
Polaris Innovations Limited
Advance Micro Devices, Inc
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
District Court (63 new complaints)
Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:20-cv-02021 Filed VenKee Communications, LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Belkin 7916684
8:20-cv-00424 Filed LedComm LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] TP-Link USA Corp.
TP-Link Technologies Co.
6803606
7012277
7301176
2:20-cv-00063 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Fujifilm Holdings Corp.
Fujifilm
2:20-cv-00065 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Fujifilm Holdings Corp.
Fujifilm
6657699
7009673
6078375
6549259
2:20-cv-00066 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Fujifilm Holdings Corp.
Fujifilm
6812528
6486931
7593070
7006065
3:20-cv-00532 Filed Lexington Luminance, LLC Elong International USA, Inc. 6936851
1:20-cv-01568 Filed VARTA Microbattery GmbH Audio Partnership PLC dba Cambridge Audio
Audio Partnership, LLC dba Cambridge Audio
9153835
9496581
9799913
9799858
1:20-cv-00318 Filed Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc. MSN Laboratories Private, Ltd.
MSN PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc.
10449176
1:20-cv-10433 Filed Jeffrey S Edgredge
JT IP Holding, LLC
FloPack, LLC
Kimberly Perry
Thomas Florence
10364563
4:20-cv-00750 Filed FINE AMERICAS INC
VIVID LIFE SCIENCES LLC
FINE AGROCHEMICALS LTD
CJB INDUSTRIES INC
STOLLER GROUP INC
STOLLER ENTERPRISES INC
STOLLER USA INC
10104883
2:20-cv-02131 Filed Sata GMBH & Co. KG Central Purchasing, LLC, dba Harbor Freight Tools (fka Central Purchasing, Inc.) D552213
1:20-cv-00352 Filed Inland Diamond Products Co. Cherry Optical Inc 8636360
9405130
2:20-cv-02227 Filed AD-N-ART, Inc. Maui Store
Maui`s Shop
Gloriana Granados
D812992
4:20-cv-00188 Filed Samsung Group
Vulpecula, LLC
5:20-cv-00421 Filed LedComm LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Fantasia Trading LLC dba AnkerDirect
Anker Innovations Limited
6803606
7012277
7301176
2:20-cv-00070 Filed The Hillman Group, Inc. KeyMe, LLC 10577830
3:20-cv-00285 Filed Arthrodesis Technology LLC Zimmer Biomet 6579293
1:20-cv-00325 Filed Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ascend Laboratories LLC
Alkem Laboratories Limited
1:20-cv-00332 Filed Bioverativ
Bioverativ Therapeutics Inc
Bioverativ US LLC
CSL Behring Legnau AG
CSL Behring GmbH
CSL Behring LLC
10548954
10561714
10568943
2:20-cv-00073 Filed metacluster lt, UAB
code200, UAB
Teso LT, UAB
Luminati Networks Ltd.
EMK Capital, LLP
4:20-cv-00176 Filed RAH Color Technologies, LLC Microsoft 6995870
7312897
7729008
9404802
9516288
4:20-cv-00191 Filed Vulpecula, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] LG Corp. 10496800
4:20-cv-00192 Filed Grus Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] LG Corp. 10353552
10496249
8:20-cv-00425 Filed Targus International LLC Incipio Technologies, Inc.
Incase Designs Corp.
Incipio LLC
8746449
8783458
9170611
10139861
1:20-cv-00314 Filed F2VS Technologies, LLC Datto, Inc. 7379981
8855019
8700749
1:20-cv-00315 Filed F2VS Technologies, LLC Ubiquiti, Inc. 7379981
8855019
8700749
1:20-cv-00330 Filed Digital Verification Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] dotloop, Inc. 9054860
1:20-cv-10440 Filed Digital Verification Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] airSlate, Inc. 9054860
6:20-cv-00171 Filed American GNC Corp. STMicroelectronics
STMicroelectronics S.R.L.
OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
6311555
6508122
6671648
6697758
4:20-cv-00180 Filed HTC Corp. INNOVATION SCIENCES, LLC 10104425
1:20-cv-01620 Filed National Products Corp. Dzine Products, LLC 6585212
6:20-cv-00173 Filed Invicta Networks, Inc. Forcepoint LLC 7010698
6:20-cv-00176 Filed Arcimoto, Inc. Ayro, Inc. 8985255
1:20-cv-01866 Filed Spin Master World Tech Toys 9216363
1:20-cv-20970 Filed PayRange Inc. TECHTREX, INC.
KIOSOFT TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
9659296
9134994
1:20-cv-00956 Filed LedComm LLC Sengled Optoelectronics Co., Ltd.
SengLED USA, Inc.
6803606
7012277
7301176
2:20-cv-00071 Filed VARTA Microbattery GmbH Peag, LLC dba JLab Audio 9153835
9496581
9799913
9799858
1:20-mc-00243 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC [Fortress] GOOGLE, LLC
4:20-cv-00185 Filed Intelligent Agency, LLC 7-Eleven, Inc. 9286610
9439035
9894476
4:20-cv-00189 Filed Vulpecula, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Samsung Group 10496800
4:20-cv-00190 Filed Grus Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Samsung Group 10353552
10496249
1:20-cv-00340 Filed Barrier1 Systems, Inc. RSA PROTECTIVE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC 8215865
2:20-cv-00064 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Fujifilm Holdings Corp.
Fujifilm
5929947
6579749
6674093
7088401
7499119
4:20-cv-00341 Filed F2VS Technologies, LLC Emerson Electric Co. 7379981
8855019
8700749
1:20-cv-01877 Filed Zen Design Group Limited Innovative Designs LLC 6860616
2:20-cv-00072 Filed NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Hyundai Motor America, Inc. 9885782
9075136
1:20-cv-00333 Filed Vytacera Bio, LLC CytomX Therapeutics, Inc. 8809504
9775913
1:20-cv-00334 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Soundstream, Inc. 9300723
5:20-mc-00004 Filed Tyler Miller
Miller Mendel, Inc.
City of Oklahoma City
2:20-cv-02233 Filed AD-N-ART, Inc. Amazon.com, Inc. D812992
2:20-cv-00074 Filed PROVEN NETWORKS, LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 8018852
8165024
7508757
7450507
2:20-cv-02509 Filed Encore Dermatology, Inc. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. 9956231
1:20-cv-00197 Filed STC.UNM Quest Diagnostics Incorporated
QUEST DIAGNOSTICS CLINICAL LABORATORIES, INC.
1:20-cv-01242 Filed Shaf International, Inc. First Manufacturing Co. Inc. 10433598

The Author

Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is Chief IP Counsel at Unified Patents, LLC, where he manages a growing team of talented, diverse attorneys and oversees a docket of administrative challenges, appeals, licensing, and district court work in addition to IP, administrative, amicus, policy, marketing, and corporate matters.

Prior to Unified he was a patent litigator for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, and a former medical devices patent examiner at the USPTO. He earned his J.D. with honors from the American University Washington College of Law; his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University; and his M.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California. He enjoys teaching, writing, and speaking on patent and administrative law.

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  1. Pro Se March 12, 2020 12:47 pm

    So, what if, let’s just say, what if… Vudu is really infringing? And what if the others are infringing also?

    Unified Patents tone here at IP Watchdog is really smug to UP attitude that all patents are invalid.

    Because a patent owner enforcing their patents against 10’s of defendants is a bad thing right? A patent that’s issued under a Federal legal right…

    You and your boss Shawn are going hard lately trying to appease to the good side of the IP fence…

    As I told Shawn, even if you are 100% correct in your posts Jonathan, no one reading here is going to accept the words of your firm…

    Now, Unified Patents costed me over $300k in a blindsided IPR campaign that you lost….

    $300k and now have to read you scumbags here on IP Watchdog?

    It’s like someone who set a fire to your home comes around years later to a housing insurance conference and gives a speech on insurance coverage statistics.

    What is it? The switch to Phillips at the PTAB killed most of your BRI filing scams and Unified Patents have to find other ways to provide a “valuable” service?

  2. Pro Say March 12, 2020 3:41 pm

    Big +1 Pro Se.

  3. angry dude March 12, 2020 4:04 pm

    Pro Se @1

    Dude,

    My rule is: Do not deal with crooks and criminals

    In my eyes Unified Patents is a criminal racketeering outfit falling under RICO

    That’s all to it

    Prohibition Act gave rise to Al Capone
    AIA Act gave rise to Unified Patents Inc.

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