Patent Filings Roundup: ‘Something in the Water’ with Sharp Spike in District Court Filings

By Jonathan Stroud
April 29, 2020

Patent Filings shark in water - https://depositphotos.com/60149289/stock-photo-shark-fin-above-water.htmlIs there something in the water this week? While Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings were up slightly (the spike due entirely to 14 new petitions from Comcast against Rovi in their massive ongoing licensing dispute), the district courts—particularly the Texas branches—had a banner week, with 127 new patent filings—54 of which were filed Friday, April 24 alone. The majority, 31, were filed in Texas courts.

Good Friday? The 54 new complaints included a spate of filings by entities controlled by IP Edge and Leigh Rothschild, more VoIP-PAL suits, and some high-profile standard-essential patent infringement cases by Conversant Wireless against Tesla. They also included 16 new suits filed by a new entity, as described below.

Watertight case: Inventor-controlled litigation vehicle Kirsch Research and Development, LLC (Mark C. Strait) on Friday, April 24, 2020 sued 16 mostly U.S. manufacturing companies that make and sell roof liners in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of Texas, and in Pennsylvania’s Eastern District, including Certainteed Corporation, DuPont, Intertape Polymer Corporation, Owens Corning, IKO Enterprises Limited, Bluelinx , Atlas Roofing Corporation, GAF Corporation, TAMKO Building Products LLC, Continental Materials Inc., Tarco Specialty Products, Inc., Underlayment Specialties Plus, LLC, IKO Industries, Inc., Epilay, Inc., FT Synthetics Inc., Dorken Systems, Inc., System Components Corporation, and InterWrap Corp. The two patents asserted, 6,308,482 and 8,765,251, claim a “Reinforced roof underlayment and method of making the same.”

Long time coming: It has been almost three years since Allergan partnered with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in an attempt to avoid review of their patents in both District Court and the PTAB, prompting widespread condemnation and triggering Congressional attention. The idea—renting the sovereign immunity of an indigenous American sovereign nation to shield patents from invalidity review—failed spectacularly. While the District Court found it was a sham and the PTAB, Federal Circuit, and members of Congress introduced bills specifically targeting the scheme, it did have major implications for a less contrived situation—that where a state university, for instance, holds patents and seeks to shield itself from review. Those challenges were likewise unsuccessful, the Federal Circuit affirmed the ruling last summer, and they have now been denied certiorari (as of January this year). The PTAB, in a highly unusual move, stayed those petitions while the issue went up the Federal Circuit, and has now ruled on the petitions filed three years ago, styled Gilead Sciences, Inc. v. Regents of the University of Minnesota. The Board denied all three petitions on other grounds, which suggests that, had Minnesota not sought the stay and challenged the ruling up to the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court, they would have had the cases settled years ago without these wasted resources. Of the challenges, two covered the same patent. The Board denied all three over a dissent from one of the panel, who argued that the majority inappropriately resolved a factual dispute in favor of the patent owner to reach an unmeritorious denial.  The dissent argued:

The majority, however, does not analyze the arguments that are presented in the current Petition. Instead, the majority focuses on whether additional prior art . . . provide a sufficient motivation to substitute fluorine at the 2’ down position. … I do not believe Petitioner has a burden to preemptively address those prior art teachings in the Petition itself. Nor would I resolve the type of factual dispute that the majority does in Patent Owner’s favor at this preliminary stage in the absence of a full evidentiary record.

                                      PTAB (27)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-00833 Filed Barkan Wireless IP Holdings, LP CommScope Technologies LLC
CommScope Holding Company Inc.
8559312
IPR2020-00866 Filed Canon, Inc. Avigilon USA Corporation
Avigilon Corporation
10135952
IPR2020-00812 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7386871
IPR2020-00787 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7200855
IPR2020-00853 Filed Andra Group LP Victoria’s Secret Stores LLC 8078498
IPR2020-00835 Filed Barkan Wireless IP Holdings, LP CommScope Technologies LLC
CommScope Holding Company Inc.
8559312
IPR2020-00834 Filed Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. NRG Energy, Inc.
Talen Energy Corporation
Vistra Energy Corp.
10343114
IPR2020-00854 Filed Uniloc 2017 LLC Apple Inc. 6467088
IPR2020-00811 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 8156528
IPR2020-00791 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7301900
IPR2020-00788 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7200855
IPR2020-00796 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7386871
IPR2020-00798 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7386871
IPR2020-00797 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7386871
IPR2020-00790 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7301900
IPR2020-00793 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7301900
IPR2020-00832 Filed Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. NRG Energy, Inc.
Talen Energy Corporation
Vistra Energy Corp.
10343114
IPR2020-00851 Filed Boccone, LLC Google LLC
LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics USA, Inc
10019136
IPR2020-00864 Filed Vocalife LLC Amazon.Com Inc. RE47049
IPR2020-00829 Filed Barkan Wireless IP Holdings, LP CommScope Technologies LLC
CommScope Holding Company Inc.
8559312
IPR2020-00799 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7386871
IPR2020-00852 Filed Otter Products, LLC Fellowes, Inc. 9498033
IPR2020-00792 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7301900
IPR2020-00865 Filed Neodron Ltd. Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
9372580
IPR2020-00810 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 8156528
IPR2020-00809 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 8156528
IPR2020-00789 Filed Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7200855
IPR2017-02004 Not Instituted – Merits Regents of the University of Minnesota Gilead Sciences, Inc. 8815830
IPR2020-00061 Not Instituted – Merits PF3 Global, LLC
Lego A/S
Forterra Pipe & Precast, LLC 9296125
IPR2020-00067 Not Instituted – Merits Best Medical International, Inc., Elekta, Inc. 7015490
IPR2020-00079 Not Instituted – Merits Complete Genomics Inc Illumina, Inc. 9222132
IPR2017-01753 Not Instituted – Merits Regents of the University of Minnesota Gilead Sciences, Inc. 8815830
IPR2020-00064 Instituted GM Global Technology Operations LLC LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D823741
IPR2017-01068 Instituted Regents of the University of Minnesota LSI Corporation
Avago Technologies U.S., Inc.
5859601
IPR2020-00029 Instituted Omni Medsci, Inc. Apple Inc. 10098546
IPR2020-00020 Instituted Hammond Development International, Inc. Google LLC 9264483
PGR2020-00001 Instituted ANLI Spring Co., Ltd.
Hsien-Te Huang
Dong Guan Leafy Windoware Co. Ltd., 10174547
IPR2020-00060 Instituted PF3 Global, LLC Forterra Pipe & Precast, LLC 8852490
IPR2020-00083 Instituted Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp. General Electric Company 9709070
IPR2019-01667 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC Apple Inc. 7020252
IPR2020-00076 Instituted Best Medical International, Inc., Varian Medical Systems, Inc. 7015490
IPR2019-01163 Adverse Judgment Contemporary Display LLC Dish Network Corporation
Dish Network L.L.C.
7809842
IPR2019-01166 Adverse Judgment Contemporary Display LLC Dish Network Corporation
Dish Network L.L.C.
6429903
IPR2019-00086 Adverse Judgment Supercell OY Gree, Inc. 9106449
IPR2019-01164 Adverse Judgment Contemporary Display LLC Dish Network Corporation
Dish Network L.L.C.
7809842
IPR2019-00255 Final Written Decision Remacro Machinery & Technology (Wujiang) Co., LTD. L&P Property Management Company 9756949
IPR2018-01435 Final Written Decision Nuance Communications, Inc. MModal LLC 6999933
IPR2019-01446 Procedural Termination Cipla Ltd.
Cipla Limited
Nevakar, Inc., 9913853
IPR2020-00461 Settlement Excalibur IP, LLC Spotify USA, Inc. 8352331
IPR2020-00421 Settlement Excalibur IP, LLC Spotify USA, Inc. 8160840
IPR2020-00422 Settlement Excalibur IP, LLC Spotify USA, Inc. 8392148
IPR2020-00462 Settlement Excalibur IP, LLC Spotify USA, Inc. 7454509

                         District Court (146)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
4:20-cv-00332 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Acer America Corp.
Acer, Inc.
4:20-cv-01392 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Corporation of America 6972774
RE44087
6700999
1:20-cv-00417 Filed Richman Technology Corp. Assa Abloy 8981933
9449484
7990268
6:20-cv-00300 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] AsusTek Computer, Inc. 6876544
7196322
8004602
8314481
5:20-cv-00859 Filed Richard Shane Does
Newell Brands, Inc.
Graco Children’s Products, Inc.
8776285
9883752
1:20-cv-00524 Filed Commvault Systems, Inc. Rubrik, Inc. 7725671
7840533
8447728
9740723
10210048
10248657
4:20-cv-01411 Filed JD FIELDS & COMPANY, INC. Sheet Pile LLC 7935406
8088469
8323765
8:20-cv-00782 Filed Targus International LLC SwissDigital USA Co., Ltd. 8567578
2:20-cv-00114 Filed S3G Technology Chick-Fil-A, Inc. 9081897
9940124
10261774
3:20-cv-01001 Filed Coding Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Samsonite Corp.
1:20-cv-00533 Filed CTAF Solutions, LLC UNIVERSAL AVIONICS SYSTEMS CORP. 10389396
1:20-cv-00538 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Celartem Technology USA, Inc. 9936086
2:20-cv-00118 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Jasco Products Co. 7239111
8624550
6936936
7453233
1:20-cv-00543 Filed Coding Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Airtex Products, LLC 8540159
1:20-cv-00544 Filed Coding Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Biogen., Inc. 8540159
5:20-cv-00056 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Dorken Systems, Inc. 6308482
5:20-cv-00058 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC FT Synthetics, Inc. 6308482
1:20-cv-00554 Filed Celebration IP, LLC [IP Edge] Ablic USA, Inc. 6346795
1:20-cv-01165 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC [IP Edge] Badger Meter, Inc. 7154961
7567622
1:20-cv-00889 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] L’Occitane, Inc. 8424752
3:20-cv-01024 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Certainteed Corp. 6308482
8765251
3:20-cv-01029 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Intertape Polymer Corp. 6308482
3:20-cv-01030 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC TAMKO Building Products, LLC 6308482
8765251
6:20-cv-00326 Filed Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco Inc.] Samsung Group 6963129
6858930
1:20-cv-00458 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] OTT Hydromet Corp. dba Sutron Corp. RE44199
4:20-cv-00337 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Hewlett-Packard 6876544
7196322
8004602
8314481
1:20-cv-21652 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Rothschild] Celebrity Cruises, Inc. 8424752
5:20-cv-00165 Filed Vetstem Biopharma, Inc. MV America, LLC fka Medivet America, LLC fka Medivet Biologics 9453202
6:20-cv-00299 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Acer America Corp.
Acer, Inc.
8004602
8314481
2:20-cv-00113 Filed GREE, Inc. Supercell Oy 10549187
10610771
10625149
6:20-cv-00693 Filed Omega Patents, LLC DEI Holdings, Inc. 7305293
8032278
8362886
RE47225
RE47354
9981615
8410929
8258948
6:20-cv-00307 Filed Human Differential Intelligence, LLC The Gap Inc. 8752141
9192861
6:20-cv-00309 Filed CORRINO HOLDINGS, LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Expedia Group, Inc. 7847685
7716149
7958104
9262533
6741188
7843332
9152734
1:20-cv-00535 Filed CTAF Solutions, LLC Honeywell International, Inc. dba BendixKing 10389396
2:20-cv-03736 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Fabletics 8424752
2:20-cv-00119 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
OnePlus Mobile Communications (Guangdong)Co., Ltd.
8232766
7834586
7239111
8624550
8169187
3:20-cv-02829 Filed BioCardia, Inc. nVision Medical Corp. 9173571
1:20-cv-00548 Filed Forutome IP, LLC [IP Edge] Natus Medical, Inc. 6191607
2:20-cv-00123 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Target 8391298
7068684
7123699
6067349
2:20-cv-00124 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Regus International, Ltd. 8391298
7068684
7123699
6067349
1:20-cv-02540 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC [IP Edge] Livongo Health, Inc. 7154961
7567622
1:20-cv-00556 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC [IP Edge] ResMed Co. 7154961
7567622
1:20-cv-00558 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Gryphon Online Safety, Inc. 7827581
9344183
9:20-cv-80692 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] IPIC Theatres, LLC
2:20-cv-02023 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC UNDERLAYMENT SPECIALTIES PLUS, LLC 6308482
3:20-cv-01018 Filed Celebration IP, LLC [IP Edge] Maxim Integrated Products 6346795
6:20-cv-00321 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Open Mortgage, LLC 8391298
7068684
7123699
6067349
6:20-cv-00322 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Regions Financial Corporation 8391298
7068684
7123699
2:20-cv-00624 Filed Forutome IP, LLC  [IP Edge] ICOM America, Inc. 6191607
2:20-cv-03625 Filed DANIK INDUSTRIES, LTD. Ningbo EZ Machinery Co., Ltd.
Does
7717455
4:20-cv-00339 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Samsung Group 7511261
6876544
7196322
8004602
6590269
8314481
1:20-cv-03128 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Skylum Software USA, Inc. 8073250
7088855
6873743
1:20-cv-21653 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] NCL Corp., Ltd. 8424752
8:20-cv-00148 Filed Caraleen Enterprises Pty., LLC Body Basics, Inc. 8491506
1:20-cv-03156 Filed Parking Technology Holdings, LLC Park Assist, LLC 7893848
6:20-cv-00302 Filed kajeet, Inc. JAMF SOFTWARE, LLC 8667559
1:20-cv-02458 Filed Knoll, Inc. SENATOR INTERNATIONAL, LTD. dba THE SENATOR GROUP D839638
1:20-cv-00530 Filed Enserion, LLC [2S Ventures, LLC] Focus Ventures, Inc. 10216904
1:20-cv-00531 Filed Enserion, LLC [2S Ventures, LLC] Mbientlab, Inc. 10216904
6:20-cv-00305 Filed Human Differential Intelligence, LLC CIGNA Corp. 8752141
9192861
1:20-cv-00451 Filed CORRINO HOLDINGS, LLC Expedia Group, Inc.
1:20-cv-00532 Filed Enserion, LLC [2S Ventures, LLC] Sword Health, Inc.
Sword Health Technologies, Inc.
10216904
2:20-cv-03744 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Houdini, Inc., dba Wine Country Gift Baskets 8424752
2:20-cv-00116 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Aukey Technology Co, Ltd. 7239111
8624550
6936936
8330422
1:20-cv-00547 Filed Forutome IP, LLC [IP Edge] Schneider Pvt Ltd. 6191607
1:20-cv-00550 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Belkin 7239111
8624550
6936936
7453233
8330422
1:20-cv-00551 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Lenovo, Inc. 8232766
7834586
7239111
8624550
6936936
7453233
7986127
1:20-cv-00552 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Alcatel-Lucent S.A.
TCT Mobile (US) Holdings, Inc.
Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCL Communications, Inc.
8232766
7834586
7239111
8624550
8169187
2:20-cv-03773 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Epilay, Inc. 6308482
8765251
2:20-cv-00120 Filed Celebration IP, LLC [IP Edge] Diodes, Inc. 6346795
5:20-cv-00055 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC ATLAS ROOFING CORP. 6308482
8765251
9:20-cv-80693 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] IPIC Theatres, LLC 8424752
5:20-cv-00890 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Under Armour 8424752
3:20-cv-01019 Filed Celebration IP, LLC [IP Edge] Ricoh Company, Ltd. 6346795
6:20-cv-00319 Filed Private Jets, Inc.
6:20-cv-00320 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Private Jets, Inc. 8391298
7068684
7123699
2:20-cv-00630 Filed Derek A Casari Conntek Technology Co., Ltd. 6217390
0:20-cv-60821 Filed
0:20-cv-00981 Filed Enserion, LLC [2S Ventures, LLC] Theratec, Inc. 10216904
6:20-cv-00303 Filed Precis Group, LLC TracFone Wireless, Inc. 9813564
10057432
10218859
10594873
6:20-cv-00304 Filed eCredit Solutions, LLC Vyze, Inc. 8788353
2:20-cv-00197 Filed GARY MACKAY
DAN HEWSON
TUBE-MAC INDUSTRIES, INC.
STEVE CAMPBELL
Tranzgaz, Inc.
9376049
1:20-cv-00541 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Omnivision Technologies, Inc. 6473527
6972790
6469289
2:20-cv-03723 Filed Next Lighting Corp. Prudential Lighting Corp. 8491165
8684566
8360607
2:20-cv-00115 Filed Mitek Systems United Service Automobile Association 8699779
9336517
9818090
8977571
3:20-cv-02828 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] 23andMe, Inc. 8424752
1:20-cv-00549 Filed Forutome IP, LLC [IP Edge] dSpace, Inc. 6191607
5:20-cv-00878 Filed Uni-Systems United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center Incorporated
Hardesty & Hanover LLC
Geiger Gossen Campbell Engineers, P.C.,
Morgan Kinetic Structures, Inc.
Hunt Construction Group
et al.
6789360
7594360
2:20-cv-00121 Filed Forutome IP, LLC [IP Edge] Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc. 6191607
2:20-cv-00122 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. PlainsCapital Bank 8391298
7068684
7123699
2:20-cv-00125 Filed Altpass, LLC Kyocera International, Inc. 7350078
7725725
8429415
5:20-cv-00057 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC EI du Pont de Nemours and Co.
Dupont De Nemours, Inc.
6308482
8765251
5:20-cv-02830 Filed Coding Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Zuca 8540159
1:20-cv-02538 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC [IP Edge] Continental Automotive Systems U.S., Inc. 7154961
7567622
1:20-cv-00555 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rotshcild] THREESIXTY BRANDS GROUP, LLC dba Sharper Image 8424752
1:20-cv-00559 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Wavlink Technology, Ltd. 7827581
9344183
1:20-cv-21721 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Blu Products, Inc. 8232766
7834586
7239111
8624550
7986127
8:20-cv-00159 Filed Coding Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Hyvee, Inc. 8540159
3:20-cv-01025 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Continental Materials, Inc. 6308482
3:20-cv-01028 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC GAF Corp. 6308482
8765251
6:20-cv-00316 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC BlueLinx Corp. 6308482
8765251
6:20-cv-00317 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC IKO Industries, Inc.
IKO Industries Ltd.
6308482
6:20-cv-00323 Filed CONVERSANT WIRELESS LICENSING, S.A.R.L. Tesla, Inc. 7643456
9930697
6:20-cv-00324 Filed CONVERSANT WIRELESS LICENSING, S.A.R.L. Tesla, Inc. 7606205
7684357
10548119
4:20-cv-00333 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II LLC] Dynabook, Inc. 6876544
7196322
8004602
8314481
4:20-cv-00338 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II LLC] LG Corp.
LG Electronic U.S.A, Inc.
6876544
7196322
8004602
6590269
8314481
7511261
1:20-cv-00418 Filed Socket Mobile Inc. Toshiba 7440774
8023998
8473008
1:20-cv-00525 Filed Commvault Systems, Inc. Cohesity, Inc. 7725671
7840533
9740723
10210048
10248657
8762335
1:20-cv-00529 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] NEXGO, Inc. RE44199
1:20-cv-03159 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Aspiro, Inc. 6502194
6526411
7173177
6721489
6806889
6452609
7610394
8549097
8805830
0:20-cv-60823 Filed ERMI LLC Thomas H. Greene 7547289
6:20-cv-00310 Filed Human Differential Intelligence, LLC Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. 8752141
9192861
6:20-cv-00311 Filed Human Differential Intelligence, LLC CVS Health Corp 8752141
9192861
1:20-cv-00534 Filed CTAF Solutions, LLC Aspen Avionics, Inc. 10389396
1:20-cv-00537 Filed Sipco [Glocom, Inc.] Hewlett-Parkard Co.
Aruba Networks
7103511
6891838
8924587
8335304
2:20-cv-00117 Filed Fundamental Innovation Systems International Coolpad Technologies, Inc.
Yulong Computer
Coolpad Group, Ltd.
8232766
7834586
7239111
8624550
7986127
1:20-cv-00182 Filed Aoren Endeavors, LLC HiGear Design, Inc
John Mittelstadt
D599150
7758125
6:20-cv-06263 Filed Xerox Monument Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] 5923908
7684090
6396599
6157436
6215559
6873336
7006890
7092966
3:20-cv-02831 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Canto Software, Inc. 9936086
1:20-cv-00560 Filed Pharmacyclics, LLC
Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson
Cadila Healthcare 8754090
9725455
9296753
8476284
8952015
8497277
8754091
9181257
8957079
8697711
7514444
8008309
8735403
10106548
10125140
10010507
10478439
10213386
1:20-cv-00561 Filed Amgen, Inc.
Amgen Manufacturing, Ltd.
Hospira, Inc.
Pfizer
9643997
10577392
5:20-cv-00891 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Lockheed Martin, Corp RE44199
3:20-cv-01033 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC [IP Edge] Corning, Inc. 7154961
7567622
6:20-cv-00315 Filed FG SRC, LLC [Direct Stream, LLC] Intel Corp. 7149867
6:20-cv-00318 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Tarco Specialty Products, Inc. 6308482
6:20-cv-00325 Filed Voip-Pal.com, Inc. AT&T, Inc. 10218606
6:20-cv-00327 Filed Voip-Pal.com, Inc. Cellco Partnership dba Verizon Wireless
Verizon Communications
10218606

 

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  1. Anon April 29, 2020 2:37 pm

    Mr. Stroud,

    You have an error. In regards to the St. Regis Mohawk matter, the lower court did NOT hold that the deal was a sham.

    Sham is a legal term of art with a very clear meaning. The court expressly did not reach that meaning.

    Many may not like what was attempted. Let’s not let this be a popularity contest at the expense of proper legal meaning.

  2. Jonathan R Stroud April 30, 2020 11:25 am

    From Judge Bryson’s ruling:

    “The Court has reviewed the information and briefs filed in response to the Court’s order.

    From that information, it is clear that Allergan’s motivation for the assignment was to attempt to avoid the IPR proceedings that are currently pending in the PTO by invoking the Tribe’s sovereign
    immunity as a bar to those proceedings.
    The Court has serious concerns about the legitimacy of the tactic that Allergan and the Tribe have employed. The essence of the matter is this: Allergan purports to have sold the patents
    to the Tribe, but in reality it has paid the Tribe to allow Allergan to purchase—or perhaps more precisely, to rent—the Tribe’s sovereign immunity in order to defeat the pending IPR proceedings
    in the PTO. This is not a situation in which the patentee was entitled to sovereign immunity in the first instance. Rather, Allergan, which does not enjoy sovereign immunity, has invoked the
    benefits of the patent system and has obtained valuable patent protection for its product, Restasis.

    But when faced with the possibility that the PTO would determine that those patents should not have been issued, Allergan has sought to prevent the PTO from reconsidering its original issuance
    decision. What Allergan seeks is the right to continue to enjoy the considerable benefits of the U.S. patent system without accepting the limits that Congress has placed on those benefits through the administrative mechanism for canceling invalid patents.
    If that ploy succeeds, any patentee facing IPR proceedings would presumably be able to defeat those proceedings by employing the same artifice.”

    To be sure, while he calls it a “ploy” and an “artifice”, but the issue of sham wasn’t directly before him in this paper, and his ruling of invalidity of the patents mooted any concern in District Court. But I’m just doing with Judge Bryson’s view here, which I don’t think is controversial any longer.

    The letter to the PTO last week suggests that at least Senators Tillis and Leahy are still concerned with that type of thing.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-otc-allergan-idUSKBN1CG2NK

  3. Anon April 30, 2020 1:11 pm

    To be sure, while he calls it a “ploy” and an “artifice”, but the issue of sham wasn’t directly before him in this paper

    Which is MY point – use of the term “sham” is simply not appropriate, as that term has a specific legal meaning.

    My point at 1 stands.

  4. Peter Corcoran April 30, 2020 1:20 pm

    I could care less about anything that Jonathan Stroud writes about. He makes his living killing patents.

  5. Anon April 30, 2020 2:19 pm

    Mr. Corcoran,

    Be that as it may (and I certainly ignore most things that smack of his work with Unified Patents – including the type of laundry list of items that make up the general series of which this post may be included in), there ARE items worth engaging upon.

    For immediate example, the legal notion of a sham as a term of art carries with it specific meaning that does not attach to what the courts have written of any such contractual relationship at point here.

    Mr. Stroud, as an attorney would do well to heed this type of feedback. Certainly, he already has a battle with segments of the population that will tar the messenger as bearer of a message. However, there are also attorneys aplenty that read this blog, and that recognize that an attorney is distinct from his clients. These attorneys will lower their professional regard for Mr. Stroud’s veracity when the tactics of ‘yellow journalism’ or slack emotional hype interfere with a legal concept.

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