Patent Filings Roundup: District Court Filings Soar, Juul Targets Copycats and More NHK Spring Denials

By Jonathan Stroud
July 15, 2020

patent filings on the rise - https://depositphotos.com/31555133/stock-illustration-3d-graph-showing-rise-in.htmlIt was a banner week in the district courts, with 110 new patent filings, and the filings are showing signs of picking up—rather than slowing down—amidst the COVID pandemic. Most of that, however, was driven by vape company Juul Labs, Inc.’s filing of some 39 new district court complaints. An average 28 PTAB cases filed, all inter partes reviews this week, included the usual suspects—parties filing against the sprawling Neodron, Soundview, and Solas OLED campaigns, as well as medical device, battery, and streaming service competitor fights.

Crown JUUL: Juul’s move to preserve their market dominance by targeting copy-catters and would-be vape equipment providers is now in full swing, with Juul filing almost 40 new cases against eLiquid Stop, Mr. Fog, and Canal Smoke Express. In addition to their lengthy International Trade Commission complaints, they’ve now filed these cases on design patents, using Quinn Emanuel.  And you thought litigation on design patents was dead.

Indefinitely, Maybe: Using the Board’s discretion in a case with extant legal conflict, a panel denied institution in H-E-B-, LP v. Digital Retail Apps, Inc., IPR2020-00348, on the basis that the district court had already held the challenged claim indefinite, and instituting based on the proposed claim construction would require them to disagree and apply art to an indefinite claim.

More NHK Spring Trial Date Denials: In another trio of cases this week, the Board denied institution for 1) a tentative Eastern District trial date in October (IPR2020-00203) where the judge refused to stay the case, 2) for filing two petitions simultaneously (IPR2020-00448), and 3) for presenting prior art considered previously, under 325(d) (IPR2020-00334).

Paint a Vivid Picture: The online ticket marketplace Vivid Seats has counterpunched Digi Portal, LLC—an IP Edge subsidiary—after receiving a licensing demand letter with claim charts on five patents.  They filed a declaratory judgment action in their home district of the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago, really) for non-infringement and invalidity.  The letter from IP Edge’s Gautham Bodepudi, attached to the complaint, asked for a response two weeks from the receipt of the letter, and included detailed claim charts on the five patents.  Those patents had been asserted in 20 prior district court complaints.

PTAB (28)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01251 Filed Varian Medical Systems Inc ViewRay, Inc. 9082520
IPR2020-01227 Filed Monarch Networking Solutions LLC [Acacia Research, Starboard Capital] Cisco Systems, Inc. 9019965
IPR2020-01232 Filed Quartz Auto Technologies LLC Uber Technologies, Inc. 9460616
IPR2020-01231 Filed Quartz Auto Technologies LLC Uber Technologies, Inc. 6446004
IPR2020-01214 Filed Varta Microbattery Gmbh, Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
9799913
IPR2020-01276 Filed Sound View Innovations, LLC [Monarch Investments, LLC, Patent Capital LLC] Dish Network LLC
DISH Technologies LLC
Sling TV LLC
6757796
IPR2020-01267 Filed Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 10028026
IPR2020-01199 Filed Fleur Tehrani Hamilton Technologies LLC 7802571
IPR2020-01240 Filed LG Chem, Ltd. SK Innovation Co., Ltd.
SK Battery America, Inc.
7662517
IPR2020-01239 Filed LG Chem, Ltd. SK Innovation Co., Ltd.
SK Battery America, Inc.
7662517
IPR2020-01264 Filed Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8766336
IPR2020-01279 Filed Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9905691
IPR2020-01230 Filed ASK Chemicals LLC Novis Works, LLC 6686402
IPR2020-01268 Filed Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 10028026
IPR2020-01211 Filed Varta Microbattery Gmbh, Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
9496581
IPR2020-01096 Filed Nokia Technologies OY Lenovo (United States) Inc. 7263125
IPR2020-01213 Filed Varta Microbattery Gmbh, Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
9799858
IPR2020-01238 Filed Solas Oled Ltd [Magentar Capital] LG Display Co. Ltd. 7573068
IPR2020-01226 Filed Monarch Networking Solutions LLC [Acacia Research, Starboard Capital] Cisco Systems, Inc. 8130775
IPR2020-01249 Filed Ranpak Corp Sealed Air Corporation 6756096
IPR2020-01241 Filed Acorn Semi LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9461167
IPR2020-01260 Filed Epic Tech, LLC Pen-Tech Associates, Inc. 8545317
IPR2020-01248 Filed Intellectual Pixels Limited Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 8667093
IPR2020-01228 Filed IP Co., LLC [SIPCO, IPCO, Glocom, Inc.] Unified Patents, LLC 6044062
IPR2020-01277 Filed Wordlogic Corporation
602531 British Columbia Ltd.
Cludo, Inc. 7681124
IPR2020-01212 Filed Varta Microbattery Gmbh, Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
9153835
IPR2020-01274 Filed Neodron Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Sony Corporation
Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc.
7903092
IPR2020-01259 Filed Microvention, Inc. Balt USA, LLC 10076338
IPR2020-00229 Not Instituted – Merits Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6736122
IPR2020-00361 Not Instituted – Merits No Spill Inc.
NSIP Holdings LLC
Scepter Canada, Inc
Myers Industries, Inc
9174075
IPR2020-00348 Not Instituted – Procedural Digital Retail Apps Inc. H-E-B, LP 9934506
IPR2020-00203 Not Instituted – Procedural Maxell, Ltd. Apple Inc. 6408193
IPR2020-00448 Not Instituted – Procedural Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 6329934
IPR2020-00334 Not Instituted – Procedural Neodron Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Samsung 9965106
PGR2020-00011 Instituted Pebble Tide LLC [IP Edge] Unified Patents, LLC 10303411
IPR2020-00411 Instituted Hammond Development International, Inc. Google LLC 9420011
IPR2020-00306 Instituted Hammond Development International, Inc. Google LLC 10193935
IPR2020-00402 Instituted Flectere, LLC [Endpoint IP] FedEx Corporation 6272506
IPR2020-00298 Instituted Hammond Development International, Inc. Google LLC 9456040
IPR2020-00198 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6379281
IPR2020-00387 Instituted Varidesk LLC Versa Products 10159336
IPR2020-00323 Instituted Trusted Knight Corporation IBM Corporation 9503473
IPR2020-00400 Instituted Flectere, LLC [Endpoint IP] FedEx Corporation 6401094
IPR2020-00716 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Dell, Inc.
Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
HP, Inc.
Dell Products LP
8791910
IPR2020-00360 Instituted No Spill Inc.
NSIP Holdings LLC
Scepter Canada, Inc
Myers Industries, Inc
10029132
IPR2020-00491 Instituted Seven Networks, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple Inc. 9712986
IPR2020-00490 Instituted Seven Networks, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple Inc. 9473914
IPR2020-00354 Instituted Autobrilliance, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 6792351
IPR2020-00406 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Dell, Inc.
Dell Products LP
et al.
8791910
IPR2020-00447 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 6329934
IPR2020-00347 Instituted Digital Retail Apps Inc. H-E-B, LP 9934506
IPR2019-01248 Adverse Judgment Virentem Ventures, LLC Google LLC 9185380
IPR2019-00641 Final Written Decision Cupp Computing AS Trend Micro, Inc. 9756079
IPR2019-00409 Final Written Decision Shockwave Medical, Inc. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. 8728091
IPR2019-00148 Final Written Decision Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
9451873
IPR2019-00561 Final Written Decision Cupp Computing AS Trend Micro, Inc. 8365272
IPR2019-00048 Final Written Decision Qualcomm Incorporated Intel Corporation 9154356
IPR2019-00405 Final Written Decision Shockwave Medical, Inc. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. 8956371
IPR2019-00362 Final Written Decision NuVasive, Inc. Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
Alphatec Spine, Inc.
8361156
IPR2019-00444 Final Written Decision Skybell Technologies, Inc. Ring LLC 9055202
IPR2019-00501 Final Written Decision Secure Wave Storage Solutions Inc.
SecureWave Storage Solutions, Inc
Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
7036020
IPR2019-00431 Final Written Decision University of Strathclyde
Kenall Manufacturing Company
Clear-Vu Lighting LLC 9839706
IPR2019-00047 Final Written Decision Qualcomm Incorporated Intel Corporation 9154356
IPR2019-00049 Final Written Decision Qualcomm Incorporated Intel Corporation 9154356
IPR2019-00474 Final Written Decision MV3 Partners LLC Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
8863223
IPR2019-00361 Final Written Decision NuVasive, Inc. Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
Alphatec Spine, Inc.
8187334
IPR2019-00546 Final Written Decision NuVasive, Inc. Alphatec Holdings, Inc.
Alphatec Spine, Inc.
8187334
IPR2018-00600 Final Written Decision DynaEnergetics GmbH & Co. KG
Dynaenergetics Europe Gmbh
Hunting Titan, Inc. 9581422
IPR2020-00048 Settlement InVue Security Products Inc. Vanguard Products Group, Inc. d/b/a Vanguard Protex
Vanguard Products Group, Inc. D/B/A Vanguard Protex Global
9747765
IPR2020-00598 Settlement Guada Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Oracle Corp. 7231379
IPR2020-00766 Settlement Sorna Corporation Nautilus Medical, Inc. 8045214
IPR2020-00032 Settlement InVue Security Products Inc. Vanguard Products Group, Inc. d/b/a Vanguard Protex
Vanguard Products Group, Inc. D/B/A Vanguard Protex Global
9972178
IPR2020-00289 Settlement Greenthread LLC Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
8421195
IPR2020-00288 Settlement Greenthread LLC Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
8106481
IPR2019-01188 Settlement Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Microsoft Corporation
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6664891
IPR2020-00340 Settlement Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
6664891
IPR2020-00069 Settlement InVue Security Products Inc. Vanguard Products Group, Inc. d/b/a Vanguard Protex
Vanguard Products Group, Inc.
Vanguard Products Group, Inc. D/B/A Vanguard Protex Global
10043358
IPR2020-00290 Settlement Greenthread LLC Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
9190502
IPR2020-00066 Settlement InVue Security Products Inc. Vanguard Products Group, Inc. d/b/a Vanguard Protex
Vanguard Products Group, Inc. D/B/A Vanguard Protex Global
9805564

                            District Court (110)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
4:20-cv-00514 Filed Akoloutheo, LLC Visual BI Solutions, Inc. 7426730
1:20-cv-02989 Filed Soter Technologies, LLC A+ Technology & Solutions, Inc.
Advance Convergence Group, Inc.
Halo Smart Solutions, Inc.
IP Video Corp.
10699549
2:20-cv-03271 Filed MOSKOWITZ FAMILY, LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 8353913
9889022
10028740
10307268
10251643
10376386
10478319
10076367
6:20-cv-00609 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. 6409599
6:20-cv-00611 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Skanska AB
6409599
6:20-cv-00612 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Toyota 6409599
2:20-cv-06055 Filed Sullstar Technologies, Inc.
Platinum Tools, LLC
ANDREW V. RESTIVO
DAVID L SPILLER
BLAKE K TALLY
Structured Cable Products, Inc. DBA SCP
Simply45, LLC
et al.
9543729
10116082
10573990
1:20-cv-00917 Filed GERD IP, Inc. EndoGastric Solutions, Inc. 8257373
8807415
5:20-cv-01499 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Furukawa Rock Drill USA, Inc. 8424752
1:20-cv-00930 Filed Stingray Music USA, Inc
Stingray Group, Inc.
Post Media Systems, LLC [Equitable IP] 7069310
7472175
8725832
8959181
2:20-cv-06177 Filed Imprenta Services, Inc.
Mike Sanchez
Nicholas Patrick Karll
eco packaging solutions
Does
2:20-cv-06194 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. eLiquid Stop
4:20-cv-00527 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable IP] J.P. Morgan Chase & CO.
4:20-cv-00529 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable IP] United Parcel Service, Inc.
3:20-cv-04625 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. SHENZHEN OCITY TIMES TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
3:20-cv-04627 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. SHENZHEN BAUWAY TECHNOLOGY LTD
3:20-cv-04628 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Shenzhen Apoc Technology Co., Limited
1:20-cv-04050 Filed Pilot, Inc. The Duracell Company
1:20-cv-04075 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Limitless Accessories, Inc. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04083 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Mr. Fog D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-05336 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Canal Smoke Express, Inc. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-05337 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Cloud 99 Vapes D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-00154 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. MODERN AGE TOBACCO D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
2:20-cv-03096 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Price Point NY D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
6:20-cv-00628 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Grubhub Holdings
3:20-cv-00528 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Carytown Tobacco
3:20-cv-01780 Filed Tama Group Zhejiang Yajia Cotton Picker Parts Co. Ltd.
Southern Marketing Affiliates, Inc.
6787209
5323417
6:20-cv-00608 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] BAE Systems, Inc. 6409599
3:20-cv-01795 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Fendi, Inc.
1:20-cv-11286 Filed RFID Technology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] A2B Tracking, Inc. 9582689
2:20-cv-08570 Filed Celgene Lupin, Ltd. 7465800
7968569
8530498
8648095
7855217
9101621
9101622
1:20-at-00484 Filed ARIES GASIFICATION, LLC PHOENIX BIOMASS ENERGY, INC.
NORTH FORK COMMUNITY POWER, LLC
EQTEC, PLC
9242219
9809769
10611973
10696913
1:20-cv-00738 Filed Itomte, Inc.
Shenzhen Tange Lian E-Commerce Co., Ltd.
Drone Whirl, LLC DBA 7ProductGroup
Tatiana Mironova
D819756
6:20-cv-00622 Filed NCS MULTISTAGE, INC. TCO Products, Inc.
TCO AS
Arsenal, Inc.
10465445
6:20-cv-00623 Filed Neodron, Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Samsung Display Co., Ltd. 8847898
8610009
7821502
9965106
10365747
2:20-cv-06178 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. 101 Smoke Shop, Inc.
5:20-cv-01379 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. eCig-City
3:20-cv-04620 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. SHENZHEN YARK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
3:20-cv-04624 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. evergreen smokeshop
3:20-cv-04626 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. KEEP VAPOR ELECTRONIC TECH. CO., LTD.
3:20-cv-08655 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. The Kind Group LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-02022 Filed Meetrix IP, LLC [Anixa Biosciences, Inc.] Zoom Video Communications, Inc. 9253332
9094525
8339997
9843612
6:20-cv-01237 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Access Vapor, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
0:20-cv-61396 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. DripTip Vapes, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
4:20-cv-00217 Filed Merrill Manufacturing Co. Simmons Manufacturing Co. D881817
1:20-cv-03097 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. WeVapeUSA D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
2:20-cv-03095 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Ejuicedb D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-00638 Filed FRANK J. MARTIN, COMPANY ETN CAPITAL, LLC
6:20-cv-00624 Filed Intellectual Ventures Co.
Intellectual Ventures II, LLC
Hewlett-Packard
4:20-cv-04482 Filed Pop Top Corp. Rakuten Kobo 7966623
1:20-cv-00913 Filed Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. [Techtronic Industries Company Ltd.] Apex Tool Group, LLC 10697747
8:20-cv-01538 Filed Yunior Dominguez
Salt Addict, Inc. dba The Ballyhoop
Barracuda Tackle, LLC
David Burton Young
Florida Fishing Tackle MFG. CO., Inc.
10165764
2:20-cv-02989 Filed Soter Technologies, LLC A+ Technology & Solutions, Inc.
Advance Convergence Group, Inc.
Halo Smart Solutions, Inc.
IP Video Corp.
10699549
3:20-cv-04545 Filed HTC Corp. ZIPIT WIRELESS 7894837
7292870
1:20-cv-04007 Filed Medical Light Technology, LLC Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. 6290713
6:20-cv-00618 Filed BAMM Holdings, Inc. Plum Safety Aps 7241279
4:20-cv-00526 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable IP] Farmers Group, Inc.
1:20-cv-04070 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. JC Pods D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04073 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. JUULSite, Inc. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04086 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Sky Distribution, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04091 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Vape `n Glass D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04092 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Vaperistas D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-00931 Filed AbCellera Biologics, Inc. Berkeley Lights, Inc. 10107812
10274494
10466241
10578618
10697962
10087408
10421936
10704018
6:20-cv-01239 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Ana Equity, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
2:20-cv-11882 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Puff E-Cig D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-01538 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. All Puff Store
3:20-cv-01825 Filed Aqua Haze LLC
3:20-cv-01829 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. EZfumes
1:20-cv-00911 Filed Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma France SAS
Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma Ltd.
Teva Pharmaceutical
Lupin Limited
10682376
10695367
4:20-cv-02375 Filed Tama Group Gosun Business Development Co. Ltd.
Hai` An Xin Fu Yuan of Agricultural Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
6787209
6:20-cv-00610 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Merck and Co., Inc. 6409599
1:20-cv-03991 Filed Unwired Asset Management LLC [IPValuation Partners] Dialogtech, Inc. 8768756
1:20-cv-00922 Filed Arbor Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.
Lupin, Ltd.
Lupin Limited
7157584
7572920
9066936
2:20-cv-00233 Filed Altpass, LLC Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp., LTD. 7350078
7725725
8429415
2:20-cv-06184 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Cigar Road, Inc.
1:20-cv-04066 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Alternative Pods D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04080 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Midwest Goods, Inc. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-04094 Filed Allergan
Vistakon Pharmaceuticals
Gland Pharma, LTD. 8664215
10617695
0:20-cv-61398 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Vape Central Group, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
5:20-cv-00300 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Wireless N Vapor Citi, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-11304 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. NILKANT 167, INC. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
2:20-cv-11886 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Smoker`s Express D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
3:20-cv-01823 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. 2nd Wife Vape
7:20-cv-00167 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Tobacco Alley of Midland
3:20-cv-04456 Filed Software Research Qualys, Inc. 7757175
8650493
8495585
8392890
8327271
8984491
10489286
4:20-cv-04459 Filed KlausTech, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 6128651
8:20-cv-01528 Filed Ideal Industries Lighting, LLC DBA Cree Lighting Vootu, Inc. D743084
D721844
2:20-cv-11829 Filed Lexidine, LLC Brandmotion, LLC 7609961
3:20-cv-01779 Filed Overhead Door
GMI Holdings, Inc.
The Chamberlain Group, Inc. 7173516
7180260
7956718
8410895
8970345
9483935
7315143
7143804
3:20-cv-01781 Filed Kioba Processing, LLC [IP Investments Group] American Express Co. 6332134
6917902
6931382
7110792
7136841
1:20-cv-03958 Filed Think Products, Inc. Acco Brands USA, LLC
ACCO Brands
10704299
1:20-cv-00914 Filed Symmetrix Video Systems, LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 10547811
3:20-cv-01810 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Versace USA, Inc. 7917285
2:20-cv-00232 Filed Altpass, LLC Vivo Communication Technology Co. LTD. 7350078
7725725
8429415
1:20-cv-04042 Filed Vivid Seats, LLC Digi Portal, LLC [IP Edge] 5983227
8352854
7171414
7565359
9626342
1:20-cv-00925 Filed Cytyc Surgical Products, LLC
Hologic, Inc.
Minerva Surgical 9095348
4:20-cv-00528 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable IP] TD Ameritrade Holding
3:20-cv-04617 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Guangdong Cellular Workshop Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
1:20-cv-04054 Filed Pilot, Inc. The Duracell Company
1:20-cv-04088 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Valgous D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-00932 Filed Allergan
Vistakon Pharmaceuticals
Gland Pharma, LTD. 8664215
10617695
2:20-cv-08650 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. EON PODS, LLC D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
7:20-cv-05335 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Naturally Peaked Health Co. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-00961 Filed ARIES GASIFICATION, LLC PHOENIX BIOMASS ENERGY, INC.
NORTH FORK COMMUNITY POWER, LLC
EQTEC, PLC
9242219
9809769
10696913
2:20-at-00690 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Shenzhen Azure Tech. USA, LLC f/k/a DS Vaping P.R.C. D842536
D858870
D858869
D858868
1:20-cv-00870 Filed SwissDigital USA Co., Ltd. Naina Parekh
Avon Lifestyle Pvt. Ltd.
10561225
3:20-cv-01824 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. 2nd Wife Vape
3:20-cv-01827 Filed JUUL Labs, Inc. Aqua Haze LLC
3:20-cv-01828 Filed
4:20-cv-02436 Filed Cali Pods
JUUL Labs, Inc.

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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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  1. Josh Malone July 15, 2020 1:14 pm

    the Board denied institution for…filing two petitions simultaneously (IPR2020-00448)

    Everyone knows the game now, right? The infringers are filing TWO petitions against every patent. The PTAB “punishes” them by only instituting one petition. Then the PTAB reports a 50% institution rate while the patent gets 100% invalidated. What a scam.

    https://www.joshtheballoonguy.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/google-double-petition.jpg

  2. Josh Malone July 15, 2020 1:24 pm

    the Board denied institution for 1) a tentative Eastern District trial date in October (IPR2020-00203) where the judge refused to stay the case…

    Why do you say “refused”? You think the courts should pretend the patent doesn’t exists and let Google and Unified attack it for a few years before they do their job? The judge “declined” to be jerked around by the USPTO who can’t make up their mind.

    Here is how a reasonable justice system would work. The USPTO gets first shot at the application. If it issues, it goes to the courts for enforcement. If the court thinks there is a problem or otherwise desires help from the so-called “expert” agency, then they will stay the case. The USPTO should not be aggressively trying to claw back patents after they grant them, to the point of interfering with the judicial branch.

    You simply don’t respect the courts and are advocating to destroying the civil justice system to get your way.

  3. Josh Malone July 15, 2020 1:44 pm

    I should have said Apple (not Google) in the comment at 2. Which raises another point, these trillion dollar corporations do not need the PTAB at all, they are completely capable of pleading their case in a real court. PTAB has nothing to do with efficiency, it is simply corporate welfare paid for by hapless inventors.

  4. Anon July 15, 2020 5:21 pm

    Josh, paid for by … inventors?

    Maybe partially paid for…

  5. Jonathan R Stroud July 17, 2020 2:22 pm

    Josh, I don’t think it’s particularly political to duly consider a petition to the US government on the merits. And while the PTO is certainly capable of reversing the procedure and practice they’ve had for the past five years, the APA and Congress dictate they do so through notice and comment rulemaking. Nothing about what I wrote should be particularly political, though—they refused, or refrained, or demurred—pick your word—from considering the petition duly filed pursuant to Congress’ statutes and the agency’s own long-standing practice.

  6. Anon July 17, 2020 6:02 pm

    Mr. Stroud,

    Why be obtuse? The point being presented by Josh has nothing to do with any sense of “propriety” in and of any individual filing on its own, and clearly points to a gaming of the system.

    You do yourself no favors in your reply here, as your views are often suspect due to your relationship with Unified.

  7. Josh Malone July 17, 2020 9:01 pm

    I understand your interest in having your employer’s petitions considered by the PTAB, since Unified Patents has no standing to file in a real court. But this blog is not about Unified Patent’s business interests, it is about patent policy. Your clients are fully capable of answering for their infringement in a real court as well. So there is no good cause for you to be indignant toward a real judge who did not stay a case in his jurisdiction because the USPTO might change their mind again.

    What is political is complaining about separation of powers and due process, and agitating for more cases to be tried by the PTAB which overwhelmingly favors your big clients.

  8. Jonathan Stroud July 19, 2020 10:45 am

    Not indignant. My follow-up was to say you’re zeroing in on my word choice—refused—which is what he did, and carries no meaning other than denied. Judge Gilstrap denied the motion to stay, and that factored into the Board’s decision whether to institute. As to discussing the following of Congress’ intent with the APA and due process and separation of powers, you yourself have been one of the more vocal advocates for those things. But to Anon’s point, the messenger invariably colors the message, I get it. I’ll continue to work to maintain objectivity; I’m just noting that the Board is routinely exercising their discretion. The Juul fight is far more interesting.

  9. Anon July 19, 2020 9:10 pm

    Thank you Mr. Stroud, I appreciate that you took the time to think about the point, and even to take it into consideration.

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