Patent Filings Roundup: Inventors File IPRs On Own Patents; Johnson & Johnson Feels the NHK Spring Bite in Texas Suture Suit

By Jonathan Stroud
June 17, 2020

patent filings

District court patent filings are back down to roughly double the number of Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings, with 65 new complaints to the PTAB’s 28 new inter partes reviews (IPRs) and one post grant review (PGR). The complaints were driven by the Rothschild entities, adding defendants to existing campaigns, and a fair number of pharmaceutical complaints.

Inventors Challenge Own Patents: It’s not uncommon these days; here we have another case of a company that successfully sells itself to a large corporate entity, and the exited inventors, who then turn around and form a new company, compete, and provoke a suit from their erstwhile purchasers. Becton, Dickinson & Co. purchased HandyLab and all rights and titles to their small patent portfolio, as well as their original molecular diagnostic testing capabilities, which launched  BD’s expansion into the field; the Ann Arbor-based (Go Blue!) founders turned around and formed what eventually became NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc.; now BD is accusing them of infringing—you guessed it—the patents for their own inventions.

Now NeuMoDx (itself now owned by QIAGEN N.V.) has cried foul, asking the PTAB to reconsider their grant of the six patents now asserted against them, arguing the patents their founders applied for and were granted way back when never should have been granted. It’s an interesting inversion; thus far four IPRs have been filed, most recently IPR2020-01095 and IPR2020-01091 this week, with two more promised to round out the set. It’s basically the original inventors asking for a second look.

Stipu-late to the Party: In an effort to head off any NHK Spring-based Section 314 discretionary denial arguments in light of trial date, petitioner Apple unconditionally stipulated to not raise the same prior art and arguments raised in the petition in district court in a post-grant review filed this week. They’re hoping to avoid denial based on NHK and absolve the Board of any concerns about administrative conflict. It’s an interesting tactic I hadn’t seen before, one that says more about the real concern confronting infringement targets when trying to decide whether to file administrative challenges. The case is PGR2020-00066, filed by Fish & Richardson.

The patents cover, among other things, microfluidic devices found in diagnostic testing kits.

NHK Spring Denial Despite No Set Western District Trial Date:  This week it was Johnson & Johnson’s turn to have their petition turned away unconsidered—here over an impending Western District of Texas trial date imminent largely due to the Board’s own staying of the petition’s consideration for years.  Let’s step back: In 2017, the University of Texas had sued J&J’s Ethicon subsidiary over medical suture technology. Then, months later in 2018, J&J promptly filed IPR2019-00406 and IPR2019-00407. But the petitions were stayed (via hail Mary motion) in light of the sovereign immunity challenges then before the Federal Circuit, and then the Supreme Court for certiorari. (Plaintiff/Patent Owner University of Texas Regents are an arm of the state.)

After cert was denied and the issue settled, they unstayed the cases. By then, however, the District Court trial was moving along in the Western District, and was scheduled for June 22—which it later suspended and pushed back, with no firm date set, but with assurances that trial was as imminent as possible in light of COVID-19.

Notably, the Board denied institution of just one of the two petitions under their NHK Spring discretion, as only one of the two patents remained in that particular litigation; as to the other, they instituted, ignoring 314. In the denial, the Board found there was “no evidence to suggest that the Western District of Texas would entertain granting a stay at this late stage even if inter partes review, were instituted,” and quoted the judge’s assurances the parties that a trial would be held within a year and they should proceed as if the case was set for trial.

                                       PTAB (29)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01065 Filed The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York Illumina, Inc. 10407459
IPR2020-01003 Filed Innovative Foundry Technologies LLC SMIC, Americas 6580122
PGR2020-00066 Filed Pinn, Inc. Apple Inc. 10455066
IPR2020-01097 Filed Rai Strategic Holdings Inc [British American Tobacco PLC] Philip Morris Products, S.A. 9839238
IPR2020-01072 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. 7326708
IPR2020-01095 Filed Handylab Inc [Becton Dickinson & Co.] NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. [QIAGEN N.V.] 8703069
IPR2020-01091 Filed Handylab Inc [Becton Dickinson & Co.] NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. [QIAGEN N.V.] 8273308
IPR2020-01045 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
Watson Laboratories, Inc.
7326708
IPR2020-01064 Filed Hammond Development International, Inc. Amazon.Com Inc. 10193935
IPR2020-01042 Filed Netlist, Inc. SK Hynix, Inc.
SK Hynix America, Inc.
10474595
IPR2020-01063 Filed Impinj, Inc. NXP USA, Inc 8390431
IPR2020-01067 Filed Hammond Development International, Inc. Amazon.Com Inc. 10270816
IPR2020-01082 Filed Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. 10255994
IPR2020-01060 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Ltd
7326708
IPR2020-01066 Filed Hammond Development International, Inc. Amazon.Com Inc. 9705937
IPR2020-00999 Filed Pinn Inc Apple Inc. 9807491
IPR2020-01073 Filed Tridinetworks Ltd. STMicroelectronics, Inc. 8437276
IPR2020-01100 Filed Handylab Inc [Becton Dickinson & Co.] NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. [QIAGEN N.V.] 8703069
IPR2020-01078 Filed Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. RE47218
IPR2020-01059 Filed Solas Oled, Ltd. Apple Inc. 6072450
IPR2020-01068 Filed Culchrome LLC
G R Tech Inc
O-I Glass, Inc. 5718737
IPR2020-01062 Filed Impinj, Inc. NXP USA, Inc 8134451
IPR2020-00948 Filed Arsus, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 10259494
IPR2020-01101 Filed United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 9336517
IPR2020-01094 Filed Rai Strategic Holdings Inc Philip Morris Products, S.A. 9930915
PGR2020-00068 Filed Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10583155
IPR2020-01044 Filed Netlist, Inc. SK Hynix, Inc.
SK Hynix America, Inc.
9858218
IPR2020-01048 Filed Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
Kwangwoon University
Kyung Hee University
Unified Patents, LLC 8867854
IPR2020-01083 Filed Handylab Inc [Becton Dickinson & Co.] NueMoDx Molecular Systems, Inc. [QIAGEN N.V.] 8273308
IPR2020-00173 Not Instituted – Merits Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
8102538
IPR2020-00248 Not Instituted – Merits Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd.
Satco Products, Inc. 9716210
IPR2020-00215 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 9795873
IPR2019-00406 Not Instituted – Procedural Board of Regents, The University of Texas System Ethicon, Inc. 6596296
IPR2020-00137 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. [Teleflex, Inc.] Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic, Plc
RE47379
IPR2020-00671 Instituted Osseo Imaging, LLC Kavo Dental Technologies, LLC 6381301
IPR2020-00267 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magentar, Inc] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8432173
IPR2020-00675 Instituted Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco, Inc.] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
8204554
IPR2020-00672 Instituted Osseo Imaging, LLC Kavo Dental Technologies, LLC 6944262
IPR2020-00081 Instituted Hammond Development International, Inc. Google LLC 10270816
IPR2019-01319 Instituted Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco, Inc.] Coolpad Technologies, Inc.
ZTE Corporation
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
8204554
IPR2020-00135 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. [Teleflex Inc.] Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
RE45776
IPR2020-00129 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. [Teleflex Inc.] Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Medtronic, Plc
RE45380
IPR2020-00194 Instituted Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 8590940
IPR2020-00188 Instituted Seven Networks, LLC [Fortress IP] Apple Inc. 9608968
IPR2020-00128 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. [Teleflex Inc.] Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic, Plc
RE45380
IPR2020-00406 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8791910
IPR2020-00659 Instituted Osseo Imaging, LLC Kavo Dental Technologies, LLC [Dahaner Corp.] 8498374
IPR2020-00126 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. [Teleflex Inc.] Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
8048032
IPR2020-00132 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. [Teleflex Inc.] Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
RE45760
IPR2019-00407 Instituted Board of Regents, The University of Texas System Ethicon, Inc. 7033603
IPR2020-00676 Instituted Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco, Inc.] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
7319889
IPR2019-01320 Instituted Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco, Inc.] Coolpad Technologies, Inc.
ZTE Corporation
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
7319889
IPR2019-00039 Final Written Decision TrustID, Inc. [Neustar, Inc.] Next Caller, Inc 9001985
IPR2019-00163 Final Written Decision Noam Babayoff
Align Technology, Inc.
3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
9101433
IPR2019-00400 Final Written Decision UCB Biopharma S.A.
UCB Biopharma SPRL
Apotex Inc. 8633194
IPR2020-00598 Procedural Termination Guada Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Oracle Corp. 7231379
IPR2019-00037 Procedural Termination The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
Tissuegen, Inc.
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
Medtronic, Inc.
Tyrx, Inc
6596296
IPR2020-00343 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 8713206
IPR2020-00385 Settlement Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6954634
IPR2020-00283 Settlement Villmer LLC Facebook, Inc.
Facebook Technologies LLC
9618747
IPR2020-00015 Settlement 72Lux, Inc. d/b/a Shoppable
Fox Rothschild LLP
Amber.io, Inc. d/b/a Two Tap
Honey Science Corp.
9697563
IPR2019-00038 Settlement The Board of Regents of the University of Texas System
Tissuegen, Inc.
Board of Regents, The University of Texas System
Medtronic, Inc.
Tyrx, Inc
7033603
IPR2020-00358 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 7810130
IPR2020-00357 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 7746413
IPR2020-00341 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 8078767
IPR2020-00482 Settlement Sound View Innovations, LLC AMC Networks, Inc.
AMC Premiere LLC
We TV LLC
Shudder LLC
SundanceTV LLC
et al.
9462074
IPR2020-00029 Settlement Omni Medsci, Inc. Apple Inc. 10098546
IPR2020-00342 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 8346986
IPR2020-00355 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 7746413
IPR2020-00384 Settlement Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6954634
IPR2020-00284 Settlement Vilmer LLC
Villmer LLC
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook Technologies LLC
9618747
IPR2020-00359 Settlement Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Roku, Inc. 7810130

                              District Court (65)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
8:20-cv-01029 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Mazda Motor Corp. 9300723
1:20-cv-00767 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Flipnode, LLC 7890884
6:20-cv-00990 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Eposnow, LLC 9934528
2:20-cv-00872 Filed DataCloud Technologies, LLC [IP Investments Group, LLC] F5 Networks 8762498
6651063
6560613
8370457
RE44723
3:20-cv-03786 Filed BillingNetwork, Inc. [BillingNetwork Patent, Inc.] Bizmatics, Inc. 6374229
1:20-cv-00770 Filed Genus Lifesciences, Inc. Lannett Co., Inc. 9867815
10016407
10420760
1:20-cv-00776 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc. Lupin, Ltd.
Lupin Limited
7326708
1:20-cv-00783 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jubilant Life Sciences (USA) Inc.
JUBILANT LIFE SCIENCES, Ltd.
Jubilant Pharma Limited
JUBILANT GENERICS LIMITED
10675287
2:20-cv-00188 Filed Luminati Networks, Ltd. NetNut, Ltd. 10484511
10637968
1:20-cv-00791 Filed EISAI CO, LTD
Eisai, Inc.
Novartis
MSN PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc. 6740669
6:20-cv-00519 Filed Kamino LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Innolux Corp.
Dynabook, Inc.
6435686
8:20-cv-01058 Filed T-Max (Hangzhou) Technology Co., Ltd. Truck Hero, Inc.
Lund Motion Products, Inc.
10618472
1:20-cv-02487 Filed ZIPIT Wireless, Inc. Microsoft, Inc. 7894837
7292870
6:20-cv-00522 Filed STC.UNM [University of New Mexico] Zyxel Communications Corp. 8249204
8265096
8565326
8:20-cv-01028 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Clarion Corp. 9300723
3:20-cv-03761 Filed Digital Verification Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Concord Worldwide, Inc. 9054860
1:20-cv-00766 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Drift Innovation, Inc. 6473527
6972790
8537242
6:20-cv-00505 Filed Neonode Smartphone, LLC [Aequitas Technologies, LLC] Apple 8095879
8812993
6:20-cv-00507 Filed Neonode Smartphone, LLC [Aequitas Technologies, LLC] Samsung Group 8095879
8812993
8:20-cv-01040 Filed Commstech LLC [Ni, Wang, & Massand, PLLC] D-Link Systems, Inc. 6349340
3:20-cv-01064 Filed Jezign Licensing, LLC Bebe Stores, Inc.
Zigi USA LLC
D554848
2:20-cv-00190 Filed Neodron, Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Texas Instruments 8432173
8054090
8253706
1:20-cv-03465 Filed PerdiemCo, LLC.
1:20-cv-04539 Filed Perry Street Software, Inc. Jedi Technologies, Inc. 10164918
1:20-cv-22432 Filed Mr. Audley Brown FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO.
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORP.
1:20-cv-22434 Filed Mr. Audley Brown FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT CO.
BRIGGS & STRATTON CORP.
Generac Power Systems, Inc.
5998961
1:20-cv-02489 Filed ZIPIT Wireless, Inc. HTC Corp.
ZTE
7894837
7292870
2:20-cv-02640 Filed DigiMedia Tech, LLC [IP investments Group, LLC] Nikon Corporation 6914635
6545706
7715476
2:20-cv-05041 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] AP Global, Inc. 9300723
2:20-cv-00182 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC Biostar Microtech Int`l Corp. 6237112
6734597
6549400
6711012
6938104
2:20-cv-00183 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC Chenbro Micom Co., Ltd. 6237112
6734597
6549400
6711012
6938104
4:20-cv-00460 Filed Akoloutheo, LLC Micro Focus Sofware Inc.
Micro Focus (US), Inc.
7426730
4:20-cv-03763 Filed RFID Technology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Esmart Source, Inc. 9582689
5:20-cv-03762 Filed Digital Verification Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] GetAccept, Inc. 9054860
1:20-cv-00768 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Innolux Corp. 6566805
1:20-cv-02558 Filed The Green Pet Shop Enterprises, LLC Imagestore US, Inc. 8720218
9226474
6:20-cv-00512 Filed Teleputers, LLC Marvell Technology Group Limited
Marvell Technology Group
7092526
6952478
2:20-cv-05138 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Quibi, LLC 8856221
1:20-cv-00781 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Torrent Pharmaceuticals 10675287
1:20-cv-00787 Filed Virentem Ventures, LLC dba Enounce Tivo Corp.
Xperi Holding Corp.
6374225
4:20-cv-00278 Filed John P Brown
Desganes, Brown, et Associes, Inc.
Trienda Holdings, L.L.C.
Kruger Family Holdings, II, LLC
Warren F Kruger
Kruger Family Industries, LLC fka Kruger-Brown Holdings, LLC
David Kruger
6:20-cv-00513 Filed Spam Blocker, LLC [Endpoint IP] LG Corp. 9167088
9338292
9497321
9749469
1:20-cv-00793 Filed Astellas Pharma
Gilead Sciences
USV PVT., LTD. 8106183
RE47301
8524883
5:20-cv-03898 Filed Apple, Inc. Zeroclick, LLC [IP Nav] 8549443
7818691
1:20-cv-02488 Filed ZIPIT Wireless, Inc. Apple, Inc. 7894837
7292870
3:20-cv-03764 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild Samsara Networks Inc. 9261365
6:20-cv-01001 Filed AAMP, Inc. Metra Electronics Corp.
8:20-cv-00639 Filed Brian Greenfield Mold-Rite Plastics, LLC D763690
1:20-cv-00780 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Hetero Labs, Ltd.
Hetero USA, Inc.
10675287
1:20-cv-00785 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Apotex 10675287
1:20-cv-00786 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Alkem Laboratories Limited
S&B Pharma, Inc.
10675287
5:20-cv-03844 Filed Xiaohua Huang Recurrent Technologies 6744653
6999331
RE45259
1:20-cv-00790 Filed Sober-Eye, Inc. BRIGHTLAMP, INC. 9888845
1:20-cv-03466 Filed PerdiemCo, LLC. GPS Insight, LLC 9680941
9871874
10277689
10284662
10397789
10382966
10602364
10104198
2:20-cv-07226 Filed DigiMedia Tech, LLC [IP Investments Group, LLC] Sakar International, Inc 6914635
6545706
7715476
2:20-cv-00184 Filed Longhorn HD, LLC Inventec Corp. 6237112
6549400
6711012
6938104
3:20-cv-03789 Filed JSDQ Mesh Technologies, LLC Advantech Corp. 7286828
7916648
RE43675
RE44607
1:20-cv-00782 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Lupin, Ltd.
Lupin Limited
10675287
1:20-cv-00784 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 10675287
1:20-cv-00110 Filed Actelion Mylan 8598227
8318802
3:20-cv-03845 Filed GOOGLE, LLC [Alphabet Inc.] Sonos 7899187
8583489
7065206
10140375
10229586
2:20-cv-00189 Filed Finalrod IP, LLC ENDURANCE LIFT SOLUTIONS, INC. 10385625
3:20-cv-03837 Filed Xiaohua Huang Brighstar Systems 6744653
6999331
RE45259
1:20-cv-00149 Filed Arthroscopic Innovations, LLC Tensor Surgical, Inc. 7569059
6:20-cv-00523 Filed Neodron, Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Cypress Semiconductor Corp. 8432173
9411472
8054090
8253706

 

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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