Patent Filings Roundup: A Suit Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes, a Fishy Competitor Fight, and Sisvel’s Continued Monetization Efforts of 3G Blackberry Patents

By Jonathan Stroud
July 8, 2020

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/111936528/stock-photo-asleep-newborn-baby-in-big.htmlIt was another relatively normal week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) with 30 patent filings—two post grant reviews (PGRs), 28 inter partes reviews (IPRs)—and another big one in district court with 98 new petitions—but yet again, that spike is largely driven by WSOU’s unusual filing pattern. WSOU has now sued Google on 15 separate patents, all covering different software aspects of various products, and single patent suits—the former Uniloc contingent continues to drive the numbers up, and continues to favor the Western District of Texas to do so. Some of the petitions challenging the Magnetar Capital-backed Neodron were instituted this week, the same week a tranche of Magnetar’s Data Scape patents were affirmed unpatentable on Section 101 before the Federal Circuit; further Bausch & Lomb abbreviated new drug application (ANDA)-related suits were filed as discussed last week; and new and old-hand IP Edge subs continue to file at a brisk clip.

Back is Best: As most of us with kids are now abundantly aware, there are endless products marketed (successfully) to new parents, one of which is the sleep sack or other special swaddling blankets meant to ensure infant safety and prevent SIDS—Sudden Infant Death Syndrome—or at least give nervous fathers and mothers some assurance. Personally, my son tries to flip himself every time you leave the room, leading to no small amount of paternal anxiety. Not surprisingly, there is plenty of profit—and thus litigation—to be had in the competitive space, even among smaller players, as evidenced by the suits by Big Beings USA Ltd. (Australia) against companies like Nested Bean, Inc. (US) for their swaddling blankets, here the “Zen One Convertible Swaddle.”  This week Nested Bean fought back, challenging the patent as obvious in light of the well-known risks, concerns, and methods of swaddling. It’s the so-easy-a-baby-could-remember-it IPR2020-01234, for those interested in following it.

National Products goes fishing: National Products Inc. (NPI), one of the more litigious U.S.-based small manufacturers, has since 1990 fabricated, casted, marketed, and produced various plastic and metal products like fishing reels, phone holders, cases, and the like. Through various subsidiaries like RAM Mounts®, the Seattle-based company (which boasts some 400 employees) has maintained a healthy docket of patent assertion through the years as well, notching 41 complaints, mostly against smaller competitors in the fabrication space. This time, they have sued RailBlaza, Inc. in the Eastern District of Texas on fishing rod mounts, though most of their actions have been filed locally in the District of Washington throughout the years. While this particular patent is freshly asserted, it’s a good bet that NPI plans to go the distance, as they’ve effectively used patents for years to compete in the tight computer products space. If I learned anything in private practice, it’s to not sleep on baby products, as it were—i.e., that sippy cups and diapers lead to some of the most doggedly fought patent litigation battles around.

Long live 3G: European patent aggregator Sisvel’s related entity 3G Licensing S.A. has continued to seek to monetize old 3G patents acquired from Blackberry, now against transnational manufacturers Dell, ZTE, AnyData, Verifone, Honeywell, Cradlepoint, Xirgo, Tesla, u-blox, and BLU Products, filing suits against them starting in June of last year; as of now, all 12 of the patents have been challenged before the PTAB. One can assume that other entities are likely licensed to the portfolio already, as Sisvel generally isn’t shy about filing suit.

                               PTAB (62)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01159 Filed 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International S.A., SISVEL] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
7596375
IPR2020-01235 Filed Zhe Khi Pak Adobe Inc. 10015254
IPR2020-01162 Filed 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International S.A., SISVEL] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
8948756
IPR2020-01161 Filed 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International S.A., SISVEL] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
8472955
IPR2020-01234 Filed Big Beings USA Ltd
LB Online & Export Pty Ltd d/b/a Love to Dream Online and Exports
Nested Bean, Inc 9179711
IPR2020-01142 Filed Macneil IP LLC Yita LLC 8833834
IPR2020-01075 Filed Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01160 Filed 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International S.A., SISVEL] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
8275374
IPR2020-01118 Filed Quartz Auto Technologies LLC Unified Patents, LLC 7370085
IPR2020-01114 Filed American Patents LLC Juniper Networks, Inc. 7310304
IPR2020-01140 Filed Macneil IP LLC Yita LLC 8833834
IPR2020-01217 Filed Ultratec, Inc. CaptionCall, LLC 10587751
IPR2020-01139 Filed Macneil IP LLC, Yita LLC 8382186
IPR2020-01205 Filed Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9461167
IPR2020-01204 Filed Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8766336
IPR2020-01215 Filed Ultratec, Inc. CaptionCall, LLC 10469660
PGR2020-00073 Filed Pinn, Inc. Apple Inc. 10609198
IPR2020-01207 Filed Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10090395
IPR2020-01115 Filed American Patents LLC Juniper Networks, Inc. 6847803
IPR2020-01216 Filed Ultratec, Inc. CaptionCall, LLC 10491746
PGR2020-00072 Filed DynaEnergetics GmbH & Co. KG Hunting Titan, Inc. 10429161
IPR2020-01077 Filed Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01074 Filed Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01206 Filed Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9905691
IPR2020-01187 Filed Peloton Interactive, Inc. Echelon Fitness Multimedia, LLC 10022590
IPR2020-01208 Filed LG Electronics, Inc. Hisense Visual Technology Co.,Ltd., 7839452
IPR2020-01186 Filed Peloton Interactive, Inc. Echelon Fitness Multimedia, LLC 10322315
IPR2020-01138 Filed Macneil IP LLC Yita LLC 8382186
IPR2020-01201 Filed Masterobjects, Inc. Unified Patents, LLC 10311073
IPR2020-01076 Filed Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-00247 Not Instituted – Merits Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Satco Products, Inc. 9807828
IPR2020-00352 Instituted Velos Media, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 9414066
IPR2020-00515 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9024790
IPR2020-00345 Instituted Remote Imaging Solutions LLC [Endpoint IP] DJI Technology, Inc., 8918230
IPR2020-00192 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
et al.
8502547
IPR2020-00300 Instituted Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-00316 Instituted Synkloud Technologies, LLC. Microsoft Corporation
HP, Inc.
9098526
IPR2020-00353 Instituted Hanwha Q Cells & Advanced Materials Corp. LONGi Solar Technology K.K.
LONGI GREEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
LONGI SOLAR TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
LONGI (H.K.) TRADING LTD.
LONGI (KUCHING) SDN. BHD.
et al.
8933525
IPR2020-00231 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6612287
IPR2020-00682 Instituted Neodron Ltd. Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
Dell, Inc.
HP, Inc.
Dell Technologies Inc.
8502547
IPR2020-00146 Instituted Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Satco Products, Inc. 7667225
IPR2020-00305 Instituted Hammond Development International, Inc. Google LLC 9716732
IPR2020-00321 Adverse Judgment Transactionsecure LLC Unified Patents, LLC 8738921
IPR2019-01246 Adverse Judgment Virentem Ventures, LLC Google LLC 8566885
IPR2019-00239 Final Written Decision Veveo, Inc.
Rovi Guides, Inc.
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 7779011
IPR2019-00445 Final Written Decision Skybell Technologies, Inc. Ring LLC 9179107
IPR2019-00390 Final Written Decision Cypress Lake Software, Inc. Google LLC
Dell, Inc.
Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9817558
IPR2019-00391 Final Written Decision Cypress Lake Software, Inc. Google LLC
Dell, Inc.
Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9817558
IPR2019-00314 Final Written Decision Avigilon Fortress Corporation Canon, Inc.
Canon USA, Inc.
Axis Communications AB
7932923
PGR2019-00029 Final Written Decision Raffel Systems, LLC Man Wah Holdings Ltd. D821986
IPR2019-00447 Final Written Decision Skybell Technologies, Inc. Ring LLC 9743049
IPR2019-00292 Final Written Decision Veveo, Inc.
Rovi Guides, Inc.
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
ComCam International, Inc.
7937394
IPR2019-00311 Final Written Decision Avigilon Fortress Corporation Canon, Inc.
Canon USA, Inc.
Axis Communications AB
7932923
IPR2019-00299 Final Written Decision Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 9294799

                         District Court (107)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:20-cv-04977 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. B & H Foto & Electronics Corp. 6473527
6972790
8537242
1:20-cv-00687 Filed Advanced Electrolyte Technologies, LLC
UBE Industries, Ltd.
BYD Lithium Battery Co., Ltd. 6033809
9742033
10050307
6:20-cv-00574 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development – [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8965045
6:20-cv-00578 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 9335825
6:20-cv-00584 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8803697
6:20-cv-00585 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8737961
6:20-cv-00587 Filed Zyrcuits IP LLC [IP Edge] SunPower Corp. 6671307
6:20-cv-00590 Filed Hitel Technologies, LLC [IP Edge] Giorgio Armani Corp. 7689617
2:20-cv-05848 Filed Zyrcuits IP LLC [IP Edge] SolarEdge Technologies 6671307
1:20-cv-00886 Filed Actifio, Inc. Rubrik, Inc. 6959369
6732244
9495435
10013313
6:20-cv-06448 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
LuxVite Naturals, LLC 6660297
8603522
2:20-cv-00475 Filed J Morita MFG Kavo Kerr Group 6118842
6289074
7347622
7486759
8300762
2:20-cv-01018 Filed Studio 010, Inc. Digital Cashflow, LLC
Christopher Ackerman
10525191
1:20-cv-03868 Filed BelAir Electronics, Inc. JEDirect Corp.
JE Products Corp.
7941195
10097676
1:20-cv-05062 Filed OKT Lighting Co., Ltd. JLC-TECH, LLC 10508805
2:20-cv-00227 Filed National Products Inc. RailBlaza Ltd.
2:20-cv-02480 Filed Hawk Technology Systems, LLC Castle Retail, LLC
3:20-cv-04297 Filed Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. Motorola Mobility
BOE Technology America, Inc.
BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
7372199
8618732
9208717
9825059
4:20-cv-04332 Filed Syclone IP, LLC [IP Edge] AsusTek Computer, Inc. 8941363
4:20-cv-04334 Filed Hydro Net, LLC [IP Edge] Skyroam, Inc. 7187706
1:20-cv-00880 Filed Digi Portal LLC [IP Edge] GasBuddy, LLC 5983227
8352854
7171414
7565359
9626342
1:20-cv-04963 Filed Tellagemini Communication, LLC Civicom, Inc. 7062036
6:20-cv-00572 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8041806
6:20-cv-00573 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 7620967
6:20-cv-00576 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8595283
6:20-cv-00581 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 7304563
6:20-cv-00583 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 7777728
6:20-cv-00588 Filed Tellagemini Communication, LLC Godaddy, Inc. 7062036
6:20-cv-00589 Filed Hitel Technologies, LLC [IP Edge] Levi Strauss 7689617
2:20-cv-05893 Filed DMF, Inc. Lotus LED Lighting, Ltd. D848375
D833977
4:20-cv-04362 Filed Hydro Net, LLC [IP Edge] Cellphone-Mate, Inc. 7187706
6:20-cv-06447 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
LUNOVUS, LLC 6660297
8603522
6:20-cv-06451 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
SBH Holdings, LLC 8603522
6660297
2:20-cv-00351 Filed The Coleman Company, Inc. Team Worldwide Corp. 7089618
2:20-cv-01014 Filed Mountech IP LLC [IP Edge] ZTE 7991784
8311805
3:20-cv-00603 Filed Zyrcuits IP LLC [IP Edge] Tyco International Ltd. 6671307
2:20-cv-00224 Filed Embedded Software, LLC The MathWorks, Inc. 7069546
1:20-cv-00898 Filed RxOmeg Therapeutics, LLC AKA Romeg Therapeutics, LLC
Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Granules Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 9907751
10226423
6:20-cv-00601 Filed DSL Extension, LLC AT&T, Inc. 6829246
2:20-cv-00478 Filed Vive Health LLC HITNOTION, LLC D875432
6:20-cv-00606 Filed Akurate Dynamics, LLC CARLISLE FLUID TECHNOLOGIES, INC 10159996
6:20-cv-00592 Filed Hitel Technologies, LLC [IP Edge] Gucci America, Inc. 7689617
3:20-cv-00493 Filed The Coleman Company, Inc. Team Worldwide Corp. 7089618
2:20-cv-05881 Filed Valyrian IP, LLC [IP Edge] Frontier Communications Corp. 6970706
5:20-cv-00120 Filed Sable Networks, Inc.
Sable IP, LLC
Hewlett-Parkard Co.
Aruba Networks
6977932
7012919
8085775
8817790
8243593
1:20-cv-00887 Filed Victaulic Co. Anvil International, LLC 10458579
10627025
7712796
2:20-cv-08000 Filed Sage Products, LLC Becton, Dickinson and Co. 10398642
10688067
1:20-cv-05029 Filed Mountech IP LLC [IP Edge] Samsung Group 7991784
8311805
6:20-cv-06440 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Advanced Theraceuticals, LLC 6660297
8603522
6:20-cv-06441 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Americon, LLC 6660297
8603522
6:20-cv-06443 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Bronson Nutritionals, LLC 6660297
8603522
6:20-cv-06446 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Eye Care Complete, LLC 6660297
8603522
6:20-cv-06449 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
MedOp Health, Inc. 6660297
8603522
2:20-cv-08062 Filed TOBII TECHNOLOGY, INC. LEE S. WEINBLATT 7641341
2:20-cv-01315 Filed Valyrian IP, LLC [IP Edge] Telus Corp. DBA Telus Communications (U.S.), Inc. 6970706
3:20-cv-04448 Filed Apple ZIPIT WIRELESS
2:20-cv-05800 Filed Topdown Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Native Instruments North America 8835739
8178773
7858870
2:20-cv-05801 Filed Zyrcuits IP LLC [IP Edge] Accton Technology Co. 6671307
1:20-cv-00878 Filed Celebration IP, LLC [IP Edge] Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC 6346795
1:20-cv-04996 Filed Coretek Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] HCL America, Inc. 8861512
9173154
9369575
9591551
6:20-cv-00571 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 7817858
6:20-cv-00575 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8559928
6:20-cv-00577 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8751585
6:20-cv-00579 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 8640180
6:20-cv-00586 Filed Boxey Tech, LLC [IP Edge] Neutron Holdings, Inc. DBA Lime 8560238
8731833
6:20-cv-00599 Filed Teleputers, LLC Renesas Electronics Corp. 7092526
6952478
2:20-cv-05843 Filed Zyrcuits IP LLC [IP Edge] SolarEdge Technologies
5:20-cv-04355 Filed Uniloc USA, Inc.
Uniloc 2017, LLC [Fortress]
GOOGLE, LLC 8949954
1:20-cv-00888 Filed Topdown Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Ableton, Inc. 8835739
8178773
7858870
1:20-cv-00891 Filed Topdown Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Sound United 8835739
8178773
7858870
6:20-cv-06450 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Parker Naturals, LLC 6660297
8603522
2:20-cv-00471 Filed Snap Lock Industries DBA SnapSports Envison Marketing and Events DBA SportPros International 8713863
9080333
9695603
2:20-cv-00981 Filed Sipco [aka IPCO aka IP Co.) Telkonet, Inc. 7103511
8964708
7263073
6914893
1:20-cv-03872 Filed Script Transform, LLC Motorola Mobility 9191629
1:20-cv-00893 Filed Astellas Pharma
Gilead Sciences
Hospira, Inc. 8106183
9085601
RE47301
8524883
2:20-cv-00226 Filed RailBlaza Ltd.
National Products Inc.
2:20-cv-00228 Filed National Products Inc. RailBlaza Ltd. 7523904
1:20-cv-03914 Filed CCC Information Services Inc. Bodyshop Booster, Inc
Ryan Taylor
9990661
2:20-cv-08188 Filed HORIZON MEDICINES LLC Teva Pharmaceutical 8067033
8067451
8449910
8501228
8309127
8318202
6:20-cv-00605 Filed Portus Pty Ltd
Portus Singapore Pte Ltd.
ADT 8914526
9961097
1:20-cv-00879 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Rothschild] Delsey Luggage, Inc. 7917285
2:20-cv-11751 Filed Stromborn Technologies, LLC [IP Edge]
6:20-cv-00580 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development GOOGLE, LLC 7946491
6:20-cv-00582 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development GOOGLE, LLC 8238681
6:20-cv-00591 Filed Hitel Technologies, LLC [IP Edge] Nike 7689617
6:20-cv-00600 Filed Teleputers, LLC Oracle
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
7174014
2:20-cv-05841 Filed Zyrcuits IP LLC [IP Edge] Salus North America 6671307
2:20-cv-00223 Filed Lennon Image Technologies LLC JAND, Inc. d/b/a Warby Parker 6624843
4:20-cv-00501 Filed Valyrian IP, LLC [IP Edge] Centurylink, Inc.
4:20-cv-00502 Filed Valyrian IP, LLC [IP Edge] Centurylink, Inc. 6970706
1:20-cv-00889 Filed Topdown Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Alphatheta Music Americas, Inc. 8835739
8178773
7858870
1:20-cv-00890 Filed Topdown Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Gibson 8835739
8178773
7858870
6:20-cv-06442 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp. 6660297
8603522
6:20-cv-06452 Filed Bausch & Lomb
PF Consumer Healthcare 1, LLC
Zeavision, LLC 8603522
6660297
6:20-cv-00603 Filed Blackbird Tech, LLC dba Blackbird Technologies Evernote Corp. 9183220
2:20-cv-00225 Filed National Products Inc. RailBlaza Ltd.
1:20-cv-00899 Filed Medal Sports Corp. EastPoint Sports, Ltd.
Target
9027415
1:20-cv-00715 Filed SonicWALL PROVEN NETWORKS, LLC 8165024

 

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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