Patent Filings Roundup: Video Gambling Games Going to the Dogs, The Queen’s Cherries, and a Tale of Bankruptcy and Patent Infringement in Cinema Stadium Seating

By Jonathan Stroud
May 27, 2020

patent filings lawsuitsWith 27 new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings—25 inter partes reviews (IPRs), one post grant review (PGR) and one covered business method review (CBM), the first in months—this week’s numbers rested roughly within the new normal, with district court complaints flatlining at around 70 (i.e., 68 this week). That included five petitions on five patents owned by SAP brought by the Teradata corporation; on the District Court side, lots of small-potatoes NPE campaigns complemented a number of WSOU filings against their latest target, Dell EMC, as well as a few small company disputes, and one suit against the Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada.

Savvy Dog Rolls the Dice, Gets Bit: Game company Savvy Dog Systems, LLC sued Banilla Games, Inc. for infringement based on skills-based gaming machines—effectively, on their Pot O’ Gold product, a standalone gambling/gaming device that allows players to wager money in Keno, poker, and slots, among other things; they accuse Banilla’s electronic slot machines, among other things, of infringement.  Banilla fired back with a now-rare, soon-to-sunset Transitional Covered Business Method Patent Post-Grant Review (CBM), alleging 101 unpatentability, among other things.  Banilla argues that the methods of awarding electronic payouts involve a “Financial Product Or Service” given that they cover determining “Winning Combinations” for a wager in which the player expects or hopes for a financial payout.

Her Majesty’s Service and Notice of Process: Canadians are nice, but don’t mess with their cherries. You read the caption right: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada v. Van Well Nursery, Inc. et al. has been filed in the Eastern District of Washington, with the Canadian government (as represented by the Queen mum) suing a fruit company and nursery over their U.S.-patented brand of cherries, Staccato®.  Hell hath no fury like a sovereign scorned; the Queen sued for plant patent infringement, correction of inventorship, declaration of ownership, unfair competition and false designation under the Lanham Act, conversion, tortious interference with business relations, and unfair competition (I assume they ran out of things to plead) arguing that the defendants had knowingly engaged in “asexually propagating, possessing, growing, and selling trees and/or fruit they call “Glory,” which is actually … Staccato®.” It gets better: according to the complaint, the Nursery delivered a number of trees to Gordon Goodwin’s Van Well Nursery orchard (meant to be a different brand owned by Canada, the Sonata), and delivered at least one Staccato® tree, as covered by United States Patent PP 20,551 P3, titled “Cherry Tree Named ‘13S2009.’” When he realized the cherries produced by that tree were different, Gordon named them Glory and patented them, marketing them and selling them.  After the Canadians discovered he was doing so and ran genetic tests (!) to confirm, the Crown moved to have them discontinue marketing them in 2014; Gordon agreed to do so, according to the complaint, but in secret continued to propagate and sell the trees illegally, and shipped the trees to the named fruit company defendant, forcing the Queen to drop this cherry bomb.  So many jokes, such little time.

Down in Front: Stadium and movie theater seating provider Telescopic Seating Systems, LLC has kicked their competitor (and possible purchaser or supplier?) when they’re down, hitting them with a patent infringement suit days after they filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (and for all the intervening infringement since then).  Suing HIG Cinema Intermediate Holdings, Inc., VIP Components, LLC, VIP Cinema Holdings, Inc., VIP Cinema, LLC, and VIP Property Management II, LLC, all seemingly related to a private equity takeover and attempted restructuring of VIP Cinema Seating, appears to be (I assume) an attempt to recoup some of the losses Telescopic Seating Systems stands to lose from whatever suits, contracts, or licenses were terminated or cancelled when VIP Cinema closed, apparently forever, in part due to COVID-19, and in part, ironically, for their seating being of such high quality that it did not need replacing often. The complaint notes that the assignment to the LLC was recorded last week nunc pro tunc to the day after they filed, meaning that the VIP entities couldn’t take advantage of the automatic stay of patent proceedings during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

                                      PTAB (27)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2020-00064 Filed Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10478453
IPR2020-00953 Filed Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 9911325
IPR2020-00830 Filed Texas Instruments Incorporated 7414606
IPR2020-00872 Filed AGIS Software Development, LLC [AGIS Holdings, Inc.] Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9820123
IPR2020-00870 Filed AGIS Software Development, LLC [AGIS Holdings, Inc.] Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9749829
CBM2020-00014 Filed Savvy Dog Systems LLC Banilla Games, Inc. 7736223
IPR2020-00954 Filed Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. 9788735
IPR2020-00951 Filed Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 9911325
IPR2020-00968 Filed Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8423322
IPR2020-00871 Filed AGIS Software Development, LLC [AGIS Holdings, Inc.] Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9749829
IPR2020-00956 Filed Best Medical International, Inc., Elekta, Inc. 7015490
IPR2020-00969 Filed Sound View Innovations, LLC Dish Network L.L.C.
DISH Technologies LLC
Sling TV LLV.
6708213
IPR2020-00938 Filed Document Security Systems, Inc. [Fortress IP] Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
Seoul Semiconductor, Inc
7315119
IPR2020-00908 Filed Document Security Systems, Inc. [Fortress IP] Nichia Corporation 6879040
IPR2020-00975 Filed United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 8977571
IPR2020-00974 Filed Impinj, Inc. NXP USA, Inc 9349090
IPR2020-00940 Filed SAP SE Teradata Corporation 7421437
IPR2020-00967 Filed Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. RE47244
IPR2020-00939 Filed SAP SE Teradata Operations, Inc. 7437516
IPR2020-00941 Filed SAP SE Teradata Operations, Inc. 9626421
IPR2020-00873 Filed AGIS Software Development, LLC [AGIS Holdings, Inc.] Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9820123
IPR2020-00952 Filed Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 9716853
IPR2020-00943 Filed SAP SE Teradata Corporation 7617179
IPR2020-00973 Filed Impinj, Inc. NXP USA, Inc 8952792
IPR2020-00942 Filed SAP SE Teradata Corporation 8214321
IPR2020-00976 Filed United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 8699779
IPR2020-00963 Filed BOT M8, LLC Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC 7338363
IPR2020-00143 Not Instituted – Merits XMTT, Inc. Intel Corporation 8145879
IPR2020-00158 Not Instituted – Merits VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP] Intel Corporation 7523373
IPR2020-00144 Not Instituted – Merits XMTT, Inc. Intel Corporation 8145879
IPR2020-00112 Not Instituted – Procedural VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP] Intel Corporation 6366522
IPR2020-00114 Not Instituted – Procedural VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP] Intel Corporation 6366522
IPR2020-00113 Not Instituted – Procedural VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP] Intel Corporation 6366522
CBM2020-00002 Instituted Boom! Payments, Inc. Stripe, Inc.
Shopify, Inc.
Shopify USA Inc.
8429084
CBM2020-00003 Instituted Boom! Payments, Inc. Stripe, Inc.
Shopify, Inc.
Shopify USA Inc.
9235857
IPR2020-00162 Instituted Jiaxing Super Lighting Electric Appliance Co. Ltd. Maxlite, Inc. 9897265
IPR2020-00108 Instituted Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco Inc.] LG Electronics, Inc. 8416862
IPR2020-00177 Instituted Solas Oled, Ltd.
Stuttgart University smh
LG Display Co., Ltd. 7432891
CBM2020-00004 Instituted Boom! Payments, Inc. Stripe, Inc.
Shopify, Inc.
Shopify USA Inc.
10346840
IPR2020-00149 Instituted Digital Retail Apps Inc. H-E-B, LP
H.E. Butt Grocery Company
9262781
IPR2020-00148 Instituted Digital Retail Apps Inc. H-E-B, LP 9262781
IPR2020-00191 Instituted Accelerated Memory Tech, LLC [IP Investments Group LLC] Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents Inc.
6513062
IPR2020-00145 Instituted XMTT, Inc. Intel Corporation 7707388
IPR2019-01283 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Blackberry Limited
Apple Inc.
Blackberry Corp.
LG Electronics, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
et al.
7167487
IPR2018-01760 Final Written Decision Centripetal Networks, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 9413722
IPR2019-00222 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Apple Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc.
Samsung
Blackberry Limited
Blackberry Corp.
et al.
7167487
IPR2019-00252 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Apple Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc.
Samsung
Blackberry Limited
Blackberry Corp.
et al.
7167487
IPR2019-00264 Final Written Decision Neuro and Cardiac Technologies, LLC Livanova, Inc.
Livanova USA, Inc.
7076307
IPR2019-01282 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Blackberry Limited
Apple Inc.
Blackberry Corp.
LG Electronics, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
et al.
7167487
IPR2019-00476 Final Written Decision Clean Energy Management Solutions, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Unified Patents, LLC 8035479
IPR2017-02103 Not Instituted – Merits Oren Technologies, LLC Proppant Express Investments, LLC
Proppant Express Solutions, LLC
9511929
IPR2020-00581 Settlement Tessera Advanced Technologies, Inc. NVIDIA Corporation 5666046
IPR2019-01119 Settlement MAXStick Products Ltd. Iconex, LLC 8445104
IPR2019-01122 Settlement MAXStick Products Ltd. Iconex, LLC 9646517
IPR2019-01124 Settlement MAXStick Products Ltd. Iconex, LLC 9208699

                           District Court (68)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
8:20-cv-00917 Filed With-U E-Commerce (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Does
Jian He
Global Shade Corp.
10273710
1:20-cv-02930 Filed ABC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
1:20-cv-00665 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC [Fortress IP] Blackboard, Inc. 6510466
6324578
7069293
1:20-cv-03860 Filed American Latex Corp. Does
Nasstoys of New York
Novelties By Nass – Walk, Inc.
9844486
2:20-cv-00148 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] NEC Corp. 6237112
6734597
6549400
6711012
8015444
6938104
1:20-cv-02955 Filed ABC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
1:20-cv-02970 Filed ABC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
1:20-cv-00678 Filed Lytone Enterprise, Inc. AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. 6897185
1:20-cv-00681 Filed CAO Lighting, Inc. General Electric Co.
GE Lighting, LLC
Consumer Lighting (US), LLC dba GE Lighting
6465961
6634770
1:20-cv-00682 Filed Millennium Pharmaceuticals [Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.] Baxter International, Inc. 6713446
6958319
1:20-cv-00407 Filed SAPPHIRE CROSSING, LLC [IP Edge] London Computer Systems, Inc. 6891633
6:20-cv-00403 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
EMC
9137144
8:20-cv-00920 Filed Targus International, LLC Shenzhenshi Zhongbo Chaoyue Technology Co., Ltd.
Does
8746449
8783458
9170611
10139861
8:20-cv-00923 Filed Targus International, LLC Does
Xiaozhi Wu
8746449
8783458
9170611
10139861
4:20-cv-00411 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC [Equitable IP] Autozone, Inc. 8396743
8712846
4:20-cv-00413 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC [Equitable IP] The Pep Boys – Manny Moe & Jack, Inc. 8396743
8712846
3:20-cv-03416 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vivotek, Inc. 6473527
6972790
8537242
7292261
RE44087
6924832
6219089
3:20-cv-00287 Filed Paradigm Convergence Technologies Corp.
PCT, LTD
Clay Parker Sipes
Marion E. Paris, Jr.
Annihilare Medical Systems, Inc.
9679170
10521765
6:20-cv-00412 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
7424020
1:20-cv-00684 Filed Telescopic Seating Systems, LLC VIP Components, LLC
VIP Property Management II, LLC
HIG Cinema Intermediate Holdings, Inc
VIP Cinema, LLC
VIP Cinema Holdings, Inc.
9730518
6:20-cv-00419 Filed Computer Circuit Operations LLC MediaTek
Acer, Inc.
Mediatek Inc.
Fuzhou Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd.
Acer Computer Ltd.
6820234
7107386
7278069
7426603
6480021
5:20-cv-01054 Filed Clearly Clean Products, LLC
Converter Manufacturing, LLC
Ningbo Linhua Plastic Co., Ltd.
Eco Food Pak USA, Inc.
10562680
9908281
1:20-cv-00666 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] Boost Worldwide, LLC 8856221
1:20-cv-00669 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] Passionflix, Inc. 8856221
1:20-cv-00670 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] Appetize Technologies, Inc. 10600101
2:20-cv-00746 Filed Snackwatch, Inc. dba Slightly Robot and Immutouch HabitAware, Inc. 9721450
2:20-cv-00150 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC [[Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Panasonic Corp. 6237112
6734597
8015444
4:20-cv-00410 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC [Equitable IP] Advance Auto Parts, Inc. 8396743
8712846
4:20-cv-00414 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC [Equitable IP] Staples, Inc. 8396743
8712846
4:20-cv-00415 Filed Consolidated Transaction Processing, LLC [Equitable IP] Office Depot, Inc. 8396743
8712846
6:20-cv-00404 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
7212536
6:20-cv-00409 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
7126921
1:20-cv-00562 Filed Hydra-Flex, Inc. Hoffman Car Wash, Inc.
InnovateIT Carwash Equipment, LLC
8887743
1:20-cv-00545 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC Fossil Group 9125079
2:20-cv-04556 Filed Mosaic Brands, Inc. The Ridge Wallet LLC 7334616
8:20-cv-00939 Filed Commstech LLC [Ni, Wang & Massand, PLLC] Zyxel Communications, Inc 6349340
1:20-cv-03036 Filed ABC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
1:20-cv-02931 Filed ABC
Deckers Outdoor Corp.
The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D866941
1:20-cv-00672 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Muvi, LLC 8856221
3:20-cv-01289 Filed Sisvel SpA
3G Licensing SA
Sisvel International SA
ZTE 7979070
8189611
8600383
7215653
7319718
7551625
7580388
7869396
8971279
2:20-cv-00181 Filed Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada [Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food] Monson Fruit Co Inc
Gordon Goodwin
Van Well Nursery, Inc.
Sally Goodwin
PP20551
PP22693
2:20-cv-04489 Filed Spin Master QVC, Inc.
Kohl`s, Inc.
Groupon, Inc.
World Tech Toys
9216363
2:20-cv-00147 Filed Universal Arbor, LLC Northern Tool & Equipment Co., Inc. 10245744
4:20-cv-01749 Filed Grace Instrument Industries, LLC Chandler Instruments Co., LLC
Ametek, Inc.
7412877
6:20-cv-00407 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
7565435
6:20-cv-00408 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
8913489
6:20-cv-00410 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
8402129
6:20-cv-00415 Filed Saxx Holdings Inc. Stanfield`s Limited 9375035
6:20-cv-00417 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies Inc.
emc
VMWare, Inc.
7539133
6:20-cv-00418 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies Inc.
emc
VMWare, Inc.
9164800
5:20-cv-03491 Filed Antonio Garrett TP-Link Research America Corp. 9854207
10511809
1:20-cv-03076 Filed Forutome IP, LLC Parker-Hannifin Corp. 6191607
1:20-cv-03080 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC SmartWitness USA, LLC 7154961
7567622
1:20-cv-00689 Filed LiTL, LLC Lenovo (United States), Inc.
Lenovo (Beijing), Ltd.
8289688
8624844
10289154
9880715
8612888
8577957
6:20-cv-00420 Filed Epistar Corp. Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Lowe`s Co., Inc.
7489068
8240881
9065022
9664340
10224455
3:20-cv-01285 Filed CommScope Technologies, LLC fka Andrew, LLC SOLiD Gear, Inc.
Solid
8326218
7639982
8577286
9332402
1:20-cv-02962 Filed ABC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
8:20-cv-01159 Filed Essilor International S.A. Co.
Essilor Of America, Inc.
Dac Vision, Inc.
Satisloh North America, Inc.
Satisloh AG
Yangzhou Gladwin M & E Tech. CO., LTD.
Yangzhou Perfect Machinery Tech. Co., Ltd.
Gladwin M & E Tech. CO., LTD.
Q Pacific Manufacturing Corp.
Gladwin Optical
et al.
9089948
5:20-cv-00065 Filed PAM Trading Corp.
Lonati SpA
Custom Socks
Mr. Alton Rocket
7954343
8028546
8631751
6:20-cv-00406 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Dell Technologies
emc
7453888
4:20-cv-01755 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC Hapag-Lloyd (America), LLC 9125079
1:20-cv-03951 Filed Zeta Global Corp. Maropost Marketing Cloud, Inc. 7536439
8108475
10257672
1:20-cv-00451 Filed HOOKER FURNITURE CORPORATION GTR LEATHER, INC. D884378
1:20-cv-03078 Filed Swirlate IP, LLC [IP Edge] Astronics Corp. 7154961
7567622
1:20-cv-00686 Filed Blackbird Tech, LLC dba Blackbird Technologies TD Bank US Holding Co. 7958214
8285832
9424848
2:20-cv-06272 Filed HOME4U, INC.
HOME IT, INC.
Starlux Games, LLC 10441875
2:20-cv-00184 Filed Finish Time Holdings, LLC Garmin, Ltd.
4:20-cv-00686 Filed Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 8307761
8661970
9895253
9795253

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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