Patent Filings Roundup: The Return of the Founder, Retailers Target Wireless LLC, European NPE Revives 2G/3G Patent Wars

By Jonathan Stroud
May 20, 2020

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/45517555/stock-photo-lawsuit.htmlThere were only 16 new patent filings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)—all inter partes reviews (IPRs)—this week, with a whopping 70 new district court complaints filed. Those numbers were driven primarily by: 1) frequent filer WSOU’s adding the first of what will likely be a tranche of new complaints (as is their wont) against U.S. manufacturer Dell to their ongoing campaigns against Huawei, ZTE, and Microsoft; and 2) by a sprawling suit on putative 2G and 3G patents by European patent aggregator SISVEL against at least 10 new targets, as well as various small-company disputes and the usual NPE activity.

The Founder Strikes Back: Redfin, the public real estate Internet titan, was originally incorporated as Appliance Computing, according to a rather detailed Internet account of the early years of the company. Original founder (circa 2002) David Eraker later applied for patents on 3-D imaging walk-throughs of homes and streets, eventually obtaining a portfolio of at least four patents granted in 2013 (but filed starting in 2004). He was later joined by Michael Dougherty and David Selinger, who all eventually sought financing and took the company public; Eraker exited the company officially in 2006, according to reports. In 2012, he formed an online real estate brokerage company, Surefire, which claims to be the first company to offer 3-D walk-throughs of homes. He has now sued the company he founded, Redfin, in conjunction with another corporate partner, Matterport, Inc., for allegedly copying and using the patented 3-D walk-through technology.

Target takes aim: Retailers Macy’s and Target were hit on patents related to wireless in-store apps and communications systems by 2002-era consultant and now-defunct Proxicom Wireless, LLC, revived two decades later by the co-founders (seemingly just for this suit) in the Middle District of Florida in December; Target has now filed four IPRs on the four asserted patents, which cover methods for exchanging information wirelessly between devices, including on social networks.

SISVEL rolls on: Someone should tell SISVEL that the cell phone wars are over.  This week the European patent aggregator launched at least ten new complaints against technology companies across the globe on old 2G and 3G technologies—companies including Xirgo Technologies, LLC, Dell, BLU, the UK-based Sun Cupid Technology (HK) Ltd., Verifone, HMD Global OY, HMD, OnePlus Tech. (Shenzhen), WIKO SAS, the Alcatel-Lucent/TCL entities, and now-frequent target Tesla. One has to assume that other players are either licensed or have settled any potential disputes.

 

                                    PTAB (16)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-00937 Filed Truinject Corp. SHDS, Inc
Galderma Laboratories LP
10290232
IPR2020-00946 Filed Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8131497
IPR2020-00932 Filed Proxicom Wireless, LLC Target Corporation 8090359
IPR2020-00931 Filed Proxicom Wireless, LLC Target Corporation 8090359
IPR2020-00910 Filed Philips North America LLC Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin USA, Inc.
Garmin Ltd.
7088233
IPR2020-00894 Filed Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 8909482
IPR2020-00924 Filed Sound View Innovations LLC [John Desmaris] Cigna Corporation 6725456
IPR2020-00933 Filed Proxicom Wireless, LLC Target Corporation 8374592
IPR2020-00947 Filed Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8131497
IPR2020-00945 Filed Koninklijke Philips Electonics N.V. Bissell Homecare, Inc. 9173536
IPR2020-00944 Filed The Noco Company Shenzhen Carku Technology Co., Ltd. 9007015
IPR2020-00935 Filed Truinject Corp. SHDS, Inc
Galderma Laboratories LP
10290231
IPR2020-00857 Filed Princeps Secundus LLC Apple Inc. 6703963
IPR2020-00922 Filed BOT M8, LLC Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 8078540
IPR2020-00909 Filed Philips North America LLC Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin USA, Inc.
Garmin Ltd.
6976958
IPR2020-00930 Filed Sendsig, LLC [IP Investments Group] Square, Inc. 6564249
IPR2020-00094 Not Instituted – Merits United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 9898778
IPR2020-00184 Not Instituted – Merits Gemak Trust Reckitt Benckiser LLC 6787514
IPR2020-00186 Not Instituted – Merits Gemak Trust Reckitt Benckiser LLC 6486116
PGR2020-00004 Not Instituted – Merits GM Global Technology Operations LLC [GM] LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D840306
IPR2020-00093 Not Instituted – Merits United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 9892454
IPR2020-00103 Not Instituted – Procedural Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Microsoft Corporation 6498541
IPR2020-00122 Not Instituted – Procedural Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd. Cisco Systems, Inc. 10033465
IPR2020-00019 Not Instituted – Procedural Fintiv, Inc. Apple Inc. 8843125
IPR2020-00123 Not Instituted – Procedural Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd. Cisco Systems, Inc. 10270535
IPR2020-00179 Instituted Immervision, Inc. LG Electronics, Inc. 6844990
IPR2019-01653 Instituted 4361423 Canada, Inc. d/b/a AnywhereCommerce
4361423 Canada Inc.
Square, Inc. 9818107
IPR2020-00040 Instituted Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 7326708
IPR2020-00102 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Microsoft Corporation 6498541
IPR2020-00090 Instituted United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 9177197
IPR2020-00100 Instituted Rein Tech, Inc., Mueller Systems, LLC 9749792
IPR2019-01621 Instituted Universal Electronics, Inc. [d/b/a/ Tview] Roku, Inc. 7821504
IPR2020-00168 Instituted Randall Batinkoff Church & Dwight Co., Inc. 7841494
IPR2020-00192 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8502547
IPR2020-00154 Instituted Innovative Global Systems, LLC Zonar Systems, Inc. 6946953
IPR2019-01620 Instituted Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 7821505
IPR2020-00092 Instituted United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 9569756
IPR2020-00098 Instituted Rein Tech, Inc., Mueller Systems, LLC Mueller Water Products Inc.] 9297150
IPR2020-00147 Instituted Sucxess LLC Dataspeed Inc. 10027505
IPR2020-00052 Instituted Divx, LLC [Fortress iP] Netflix, Inc.
Hulu, LLC
8139651
IPR2020-00165 Instituted Flow Pharma Inc. Bausch Health Companies Inc
Bausch Health US LLC
8138157
IPR2019-01654 Instituted 4361423 Canada, Inc. d/b/a AnywhereCommerce
4361423 Canada Inc.
Square, Inc. 9818107
IPR2020-00091 Instituted United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 9177198
IPR2020-00195 Instituted Immervision, Inc. LG Electronics, Inc. 6844990
IPR2020-00155 Instituted Innovative Global Systems, LLC Zonar Systems, Inc. 7102494
IPR2020-00099 Instituted Rein Tech, Inc. Mueller Systems, LLC [Mueller Water Products Inc.] 8347427
IPR2020-00234 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magetar Capital] Samsung
HP, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8847898
IPR2019-00083 Final Written Decision Supercell OY
Gree, Inc.
Gree, Inc.
Supercell OY
9104520
PGR2019-00014 Final Written Decision Autel Robotics USA LLC SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. 9979000
IPR2019-00203 Final Written Decision Caris MPI, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. 9292660
IPR2019-00306 Final Written Decision Nuance Communications, Inc. MModal LLC 8738403
IPR2019-00250 Final Written Decision Autel Robotics USA LLC SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. 7979174
IPR2019-00249 Final Written Decision Autel Robotics USA LLC SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. 7979174
IPR2019-00204 Final Written Decision Lexor Manufacturing, LLC Luraco Health & Beauty, LLC RE46655
IPR2019-00210 Final Written Decision Nuance Communications, Inc. MModal LLC [New MMI Holdings] 9818398
IPR2019-00166 Final Written Decision Caris MPI, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. 9292660
IPR2019-00194 Final Written Decision Velos Media, LLC Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents Inc.
9338449
PGR2019-00016 Final Written Decision Autel Robotics USA LLC SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. 10044013
IPR2019-00218 Final Written Decision Sorna Corporation Altamont Software, Inc. 7965408

                          District Court (70)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:20-cv-00501 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Comcast 6502194
6526411
7173177
6721489
8165867
6978475
7086079
1:20-cv-00503 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Yeti Coolers 8424752
1:20-cv-01203 Filed JLC-TECH, LLC North America Lighting, LLC 10508805
1:20-cv-00509 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Veeqo, Inc. 10600101
5:20-cv-03296 Filed Marvell Technology Group Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] 6765407
6629226
6459625
6534805
6651134
1:20-cv-00645 Filed Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC SANDOZ
1:20-cv-00385 Filed SUMMIT INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY Triple Crown Consulting, LLC 10029188
6:20-cv-00393 Filed Eighth Street Solutions, LLC [Endpoint IP] Sophos Ltd
Sophos Group, PLC
7664924
9600661
10503418
6:20-cv-00396 Filed Kortek Industries Pty, Ltd. Intermatic, Inc. 9465377
9590427
9923376
10429869
3:20-cv-03344 Filed Jorno, LLC Newegg, Inc. D775630
1:20-cv-00653 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-00658 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
Wiko USA, Inc.
WIKO SAS
7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-03805 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Ravelin Technology, Inc. 7137140
1:20-cv-22051 Filed Sisvel SpA
Sisvel International SA
3G Licensing SA
hmd america, Inc.
HMD Global OY
1:20-cv-00526 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Aspyr Media, Inc. 7162735
5:20-cv-03207 Filed President and Fellows of Harvard College
Bio-Rad Laboratories
10x Genomics 8871444
9919277
10190115
1:20-cv-00631 Filed Centre One Cable One, Inc. 7068668
8724643
8125982
7486667
10063710
3:20-cv-01192 Filed CTAF Solutions, LLC Ace Aeronautics, LLC 10389396
1:20-cv-00502 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Yeti Coolers
6:20-cv-00376 Filed Appliance Computing III, Inc. dba Surefield Redfin corp 9836885
10102673
10510111
10592973
4:20-cv-00394 Filed AR Design Innovations, LLC [Empire IP] Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc. 7277572
2:20-cv-02149 Filed The Green Pet Shop Enterprises, LLC Penn-Plax, Inc. 8720218
9226474
7:20-cv-03755 Filed Molnlycke Heath Care US, LLC Greenwood Marketing, LLC
Robert Purdy
William Purdy
8858478
3:20-cv-00668 Filed Arturo Salice S.p.A. Dongtai Metal Goods Co., Ltd. 6883204
4:20-cv-00485 Filed Allison Allman
William R Jenkins, Jr
Non Typical, Inc.
Plano Synergy Holding, Inc.
WGI Innovations, Ltd.
Wildgame Innovations, LLC
8014664
6:20-cv-00394 Filed Eighth Street Solutions, LLC [Endpoint IP] Trend Micro, Inc. 7664924
9600661
10503418
1:20-cv-00648 Filed Orthopaedic Hospital dba Orthopaedic Institute for Children Globus Medical, Inc. 8658710
8796347
9155817
9242025
9302028
1:20-cv-00652 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
Foxconn Technology Group 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-00655 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
Tesla, Inc. 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-00656 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
VeriFone Systems 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-03769 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Adyen Inc.
1:20-cv-03808 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Stripe, Inc. 7137140
1:20-cv-03810 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Vimeo, LLC 7162735
1:20-cv-00529 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Micro Focus LLC
6:20-cv-00397 Filed paSafeShare, LLC Microsoft 9455961
9615116
10095848
2:20-cv-00727 Filed Jorno, LLC Leancode, Inc. dba Plugable Technologies D775630
5:20-cv-03343 Filed Fortinet, Inc. ForeScout Technologies, Inc. 8458314
9369299
9948662
1:20-cv-00650 Filed UCB Pharma
CELLTECH R&D, LTD.
Nektar Therapeutics
1:20-cv-00654 Filed Sisvel SpA
Sisvel International SA
TCT Mobile International Limited
TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, Ltd.
Alcatel-Lucent S.A.
TCT Mobile (US) Holdings, Inc.
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-03782 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC Buzzfeed, Inc. 7162735
6:20-cv-00399 Filed Oceana Innovations LLC [Endpoint IP] Roku, Inc.
2:20-cv-00144 Filed 21st Century Garage, LLC Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.
Hyundai Motor America, Inc.
6332628
5978737
6526460
6526335
1:20-cv-00632 Filed Cephalon, Inc.
Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH
Eugia Pharma Specialities Ltd.
Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd.
9572887
8609707
9265831
9572796
9572797
9034908
9144568
9597397
9597398
9597399
9000021
9579384
10010533
10052385
4:20-cv-00392 Filed AR Design Innovations, LLC [Empire IP] Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. 7277572
4:20-cv-00395 Filed AR Design Innovations, LLC [Empire IP] La-Z-Boy, Inc. 7277572
1:20-cv-02854 Filed JSDQ Mesh Technologies, LLC Cambium Networks, Inc. RE43675
RE44607
7286828
7916648
1:20-cv-00633 Filed Exelixis, Inc. MSN PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc.
MSN Laboratories Private, Ltd.
7579473
8497284
1:20-cv-00634 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Enplug, Inc. 7890884
1:20-cv-00635 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC Dole Food Co., Inc. 9125079
1:20-cv-02149 Filed The Green Pet Shop Enterprises, LLC Penn-Plax, Inc. 8720218
9226474
1:20-cv-03708 Filed Personalized Media Communications, L.L.C Netflix 7747217
7769344
7865920
8601528
8739241
9674560
3:20-cv-03333 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Ubisoft, Inc. 8856221
5:20-cv-03334 Filed Jorno, LLC HisGadget, Inc. D775630
1:20-cv-00649 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
CradlePoint, Inc. 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-00659 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
Xirgo Technologies, LLC 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
1:20-cv-03819 Filed Turbonomic, Inc. Cirba, Inc. dba Densify 8433801
8661131
9852011
1:20-cv-01393 Filed Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC [Exela Holdings Inc.] SANDOZ
1:20-cv-22050 Filed Sisvel SpA
Sisvel International SA
Blu Products, Inc.
1:20-cv-22054 Filed Sisvel SpA
Sisvel International SA
3G Licensing SA
Noetic, Inc.
Sun Cupid Technology (HK) Ltd.
1:20-cv-02205 Filed Group One Ltd. GTE GmbH
Ralf Weigel
3:20-cv-05784 Filed OANDA CORP. GAIN Capital Group, LLC
Gain Capital Holdings, Inc.
7146336
8392311
1:20-cv-03635 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Sirius XM Radio 6502194
6526411
7173177
6721489
6452609
7610394
7642443
8165867
3:20-cv-00439 Filed National Products Corp. Brodit AB
ProClip USA, Inc.
9706026
10454515
6:20-cv-00381 Filed Monarch Networking Solutions, LLC [Acacia Research Corporation] Duo Security, Inc.
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Meraki, LLC
1:20-cv-00646 Filed SANOFI MATURE IP
Sanofi
MSN PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc.
MSN LABORATORIES PVT., LTD.
10583110
1:20-cv-00651 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
Dell Technologies 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
3:20-cv-05955 Filed Seoul Semiconductor Company., Ltd
Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd.
ONYK ENTERPRISES INT`L CORP. dba CARiD.COM 6942731
7982207
10439105
9070851
9520543
9893240
9831401
9859469
9048409
9029892
9768367
9269868
1:20-cv-03801 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC [poss. Endpoint IP] King.com (US), LTD. 7162735
1:20-cv-01392 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection, LLC [poss. Endpoint IP] Signifyd, Inc. 7137140
2:20-cv-00736 Filed Drug Information Retrieval System, LLC
Care Zone, Inc

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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