Patent Filings Round-up: Small Companies Challenge Landmark Lawsuits; Raft of Uniloc/Samsung settlements; Koss Goes After Headphone Market

By Jonathan Stroud
July 29, 2020

There was a spike in Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings this week—almost double the average, at 56—driven in part by eight new petitions (adding to those previously filed) against patents owned by the Moskowitz family by Globus Medical. That was good enough to rival newly filed complaints for the first time this year (57). It also appears Uniloc (Fortress) and Samsung have come to some sort of agreement, as a handful of pending inter partes reviews (IPRs) settled; Samsung was denied institution in all of the IPRs it has filed against Cellect to date (eight petitions, with 12 still pending—at least some patents have no remaining challenges, meaning the litigation is sure to continue in due course). Some highlights:

Koss of doing business: Erstwhile speaker company Koss has continued aggressively asserting against the industry, provoking a number of IPRs and filing a number of new suits, this week against Skullcandy, Bose, Polycom, Apple (i.e., Beats), JLab Audio, and other headphone companies, on at least four patents.

Endpoint IP has a new campaign, Evolve Interactive, LLC, against hotel chains, and the usual IP Edge and

A Landmark challenge: Some of the 250+ small companies sued by Laurence B. Lockwood (many after the Board found the patent is a covered business method) have decided it’s better to fight rather than pay the $65,000 (or less) he is offering for a license. The same week the Art of Beauty Company was sued, the small American Metals Supply Co., Inc. filed a declaratory judgment action for invalidity under 101, 102, 103, and 112, as well as noninfringement, and laid out Landmark’s demand letter practices in detail. Other companies threatened with suit against these patents can now look to this complaint and file their own at little cost.

Family Affair: The Moskowitz Family—an entity controlled by a doctor and two sons, per the complaint—shared patented surgical techniques in spinal fusion (a lucrative practice) with Globus Medical as early as 2015, had licensing discussions, received an offer to license their portfolio, but could not agree on the amount. The Family sued Globus earlier this month; this week, less than a month after filing, Globus filed IPRs on all eight of the patents in the portfolio, which ranges from covering the surgical screws used in spinal fusion to the design of the implantable bone spacers that assist in spinal fusion surgery.

                                 PTAB (56)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01337 Filed Polaris Powerled Technologies, LLC [Microchip Technology Inc.] Hisense Co., Ltd.
LG Electronics, Inc.
8223117
IPR2020-01345 Filed Largan Precision Co., Ltd. Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. 8395691
IPR2020-01269 Filed Synkloud Technologies, LLC Microsoft Corporation 9219780
IPR2020-01261 Filed Texas Instruments Incorporated 6546508
IPR2020-01305 Filed Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10478319
IPR2020-01306 Filed Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10478319
IPR2020-01220 Filed Universal Secure Registry LLC Apple Inc. 9947000
IPR2020-01361 Filed Neenah, Inc. 6723773
PGR2020-00076 Filed Kansas State University Research Foundation Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. 10450351
IPR2020-01325 Filed Snik LLC, Inc. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 9167329
IPR2020-01323 Filed The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York Illumina, Inc. 10428380
IPR2020-01339 Filed Largan Precision Co., Ltd. Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd. 8988796
IPR2020-01280 Filed Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 9998791
IPR2020-01311 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8870410
IPR2020-01191 Filed LBT IP I LLC [Location Based Technologies, LLC] Apple Inc. 8102256
IPR2020-01308 Filed MOSKOWITZ FAMILY LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 9889022
IPR2020-01363 Filed Neenah, Inc. 6410200
IPR2020-01357 Filed Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 9270485
IPR2020-01340 Filed Cirba IP Inc. Turbonomic, Inc. 8209687
IPR2020-01324 Filed Snik LLC, Inc. Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 9167329
IPR2020-01270 Filed Synkloud Technologies, LLC Microsoft Corporation
HP, Inc.
9219780
IPR2020-01312 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8870410
IPR2020-01192 Filed LBT IP I LLC [Location Based Technologies, LLC] Apple Inc. 8421618
IPR2020-01221 Filed Universal Secure Registry LLC Apple Inc. 9947000
IPR2020-01258 Filed Justservice.net LLC Unified Patents, LLC 10476868
IPR2020-01304 Filed Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10307268
IPR2020-01333 Filed Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 10506269
IPR2020-01332 Filed Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 10506269
IPR2020-01189 Filed LBT IP I LLC [Location Based Technologies, LLC] Apple Inc. 8497774
IPR2020-01356 Filed Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 8995253
IPR2020-01173 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9978294
IPR2020-01174 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9990869
IPR2020-01275 Filed Solas Oled, Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 7446338
IPR2020-01322 Filed Optimum Imaging Technology, LLC Canon, Inc. 8451339
IPR2020-01336 Filed Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
7012463
IPR2020-01281 Filed Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 9998791
IPR2020-01223 Filed Universal Secure Registry LLC Apple Inc. 9928495
IPR2020-01303 Filed Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10307268
IPR2020-01352 Filed Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 8995253
IPR2020-01252 Filed Novo Nordisk A/S Pfizer, Inc. 8114833
IPR2020-01253 Filed NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Apple Inc. 9075136
IPR2020-01190 Filed LBT IP I LLC [Location Based Technologies, LLC] Apple Inc. 8542113
IPR2020-01346 Filed Amazon.com, Inc. 9015049
IPR2020-01254 Filed NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Apple Inc. 9885782
IPR2020-01309 Filed Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10028740
IPR2020-01307 Filed MOSKOWITZ FAMILY LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 8353913
IPR2020-01193 Filed LBT IP I LLC [Location Based Technologies, LLC] Apple Inc. 8421619
IPR2020-01222 Filed Universal Secure Registry LLC Apple Inc. 9928495
IPR2020-01347 Filed Cisco Systems, Inc. 6665500
IPR2020-01335 Filed LG Electronics, Inc. Hisense Visual Technology Co.,Ltd., RE46795
IPR2020-01326 Filed CommScope Technologies LLC [CommScope Holding Company, Inc.] Matsing, Inc. 10418716
IPR2020-01310 Filed Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10251643
IPR2020-01338 Filed Ideahub Inc. Unified Patents, LLC 8645562
IPR2020-01175 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9047791
IPR2020-01313 Filed Ultravision Technologies, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10223946
IPR2020-01321 Filed Optimum Imaging Technology, LLC Canon, Inc. 7612805
IPR2020-00563 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6424369
IPR2020-00559 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6982742
IPR2020-00561 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6982742
IPR2020-00562 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6424369
IPR2020-00560 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6982742
IPR2020-00564 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6424369
IPR2020-00472 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6043839
IPR2020-00473 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC [Micro-Imaging Solutins LLC] Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6275255
IPR2020-00453 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6571157
IPR2020-00694 Instituted Innovative Global Systems, LLC Keep Truckin, Inc. 10157384
IPR2019-00554 Final Written Decision Arbutus Biopharma Corporation Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. 8058069
IPR2019-00511 Final Written Decision Pulse Electronics, Inc. U.D. Electronic Corp. 6773302
IPR2019-00484 Final Written Decision Pure Data Systems, LLC Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
5999947
IPR2014-00787 Final Written Decision Intellectual Ventures II LLC Google LLC 6121960
IPR2018-00690 Final Written Decision Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur
Forderung Der Angewandte
Forschung E.V.
Forderung Der Angewandten
Fordernung Der Angewandten E.V.
Sirius XM Radio Inc. 6314289
IPR2019-00510 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC Apple Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc.
Samsung
6868079
IPR2019-00555 Final Written Decision Rovi Guides, Inc. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC 9668014
IPR2019-00134 Final Written Decision Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
9299192
IPR2019-00513 Final Written Decision Portal Communications, LLC Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
7376645
IPR2019-00453 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC Unified Patents, LLC 7020252
IPR2016-00045 Final Written Decision Ji-Soo Lee
AND HEUNG-SOO LEE
Google LLC
LG Electronics, Inc.
Samsung
HTC America, Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
et al.
6233518
IPR2017-00087 Final Written Decision Gamon Plus, Inc. Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Sales Company
Trinity Manufacturing LLC
8827111
IPR2019-00408 Final Written Decision Shockwave Medical, Inc. Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. 9642673

                            District Court (57)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
5:20-cv-04851 Filed Carnegie Mellon University LSI Corp. [Ricoh]
Avago Technologies U.S. Inc [Broadcom]
Aleksandar Kavcic
3:20-mc-80121 Filed Carnegie Mellon University LSI Corp. [Ricoh]
Avago Technologies U.S. Inc [Broadcom]
Aleksandar Kavcic
1:20-cv-00966 Filed Chimetech Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Sonos 9984703
3:20-cv-09292 Filed AbbVie, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 8546399
9174982
8722657
6:20-cv-00664 Filed Koss Corp. Skullcandy 10469934
10506325
10368155
10491982
10206025
1:20-cv-00980 Filed Acera Surgical, Inc.
Washington University
Retectix,LLC
Paragen Technologies, LLC
Renovoderm, LLC
Nanofiber Solutions, LLC
Atreon Orthopedics, LLC
10617512
10080687
10682444
10632228
6:20-cv-00666 Filed Health Discovery Corp. Intel Corp. 7117188
7542959
8095483
10402685
5:20-cv-01473 Filed Innovative Imports, Inc. Xtreme
1:20-cv-04358 Filed Aristors Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Federal Signal Corp.
6:20-cv-00656 Filed Evolve Interactive, LLC [Endpoint IP] Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC 7068596
3:20-cv-09211 Filed AC HOLDCO, INC.
ACHIEVE3000, INC.
BEABLE EDUCATION, INC.
SAKI DODELSON
9652993
2:20-cv-00519 Filed Alpha Grillers John Does 1-5, DBA Grill Spark D871773
1:20-cv-00975 Filed Almirall, LLC Perrigo UK FINCO LP 9517219
2:20-cv-04129 Filed Marine Concepts, LLC Richard Chris Koppitz
Lawrence Fabric Structures, Inc.
Premium Custom Covers, LLC
9409628
8601971
7194976
1:20-cv-00205 Filed 1925WORKBENCH, LTD. JON WHALEY
THE BARN DOOR HARDWARE STORE, LLC
10619392
6:20-cv-00669 Filed Correct Transmission, LLC Adtran, Inc. 6876669
7127523
7283465
7768928
7983150
6:20-cv-00670 Filed Correct Transmission, LLC Juniper Networks 6876669
7127523
7283465
7768928
7983150
1:20-cv-04368 Filed G.A. Braun, Inc. Ellis Corp. 9840802
1:20-cv-00984 Filed Prolitec, Inc. ScentAir Technologies, LLC
1:20-cv-01637 Filed Landmark Technology A, LLC [Lawrence B. Lockwood] Art of Beauty Company, Inc.
1:20-cv-00578 Filed Boxey Tech, LLC [IP Edge] Asics america Corp. 8560238
8731833
6:20-cv-00672 Filed DataWidget, LLC QuantumDigital, Inc. 10102557
5:20-cv-04849 Filed Crandall Technologies LLC Vudu, Inc. 9563341
9645720
1:20-cv-00765 Filed Bandspeed, LLC Realtek Semiconductor Corp. 7477624
7903608
8542643
8873500
9379769
9883520
7027418
7570614
6:20-cv-00655 Filed Evolve Interactive, LLC [Endpoint IP] Hyatt Corp. 7068596
8:20-cv-01317 Filed Argo Import Export, Ltd. Maxlite, Inc. 10677397
5:20-cv-04882 Filed Argo Import Export, Ltd. Green Creative, LLC 10677397
1:20-cv-00773 Filed Environmental Tree and Design, Inc. Erik D. Hess
Hess Landscape Construction, Inc.
8844449
6:20-cv-00662 Filed Koss Corp. Peag, LLC dba JLab Audio 10206025
10506325
10368155
10491982
8:20-cv-01341 Filed Zadro Products, Inc. Topnet, Inc.
5:20-cv-01640 Filed Jewel Pathway, LLC [IP Edge] Adidas 8818711
3:20-cv-01959 Filed Magnacross [IP Edge] OKI Data Americas, Inc. 6917304
4:20-cv-00557 Filed Akoloutheo, LLC MediaKind 7426730
1:20-cv-00964 Filed Magnacross [IP Edge] GE MDS, LLC 6917304
3:20-cv-01165 Filed Schneider Pvt Ltd. Company B, LLC DBA Incusense 7453267
9270552
9329659
9689899
1:20-cv-00968 Filed AbbVie, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 8546399
9174982
8722657
6:20-cv-06519 Filed Document Dynamics, LLC Xerox 7872772
1:20-cv-00977 Filed Shionogi
VIIV Healthcare UK (No 3), Ltd.
ViiV Healthcare
CIPLA Ltd. 9242986
6:20-cv-00665 Filed Koss Corp. Apple 10491982
10206025
10506325
10298451
10469934
3:20-cv-09369 Filed Janssen Products, L.P.
PHARMA MAR, S.A.
EVENUS PHARMACEUTICALS LABORATORIES, INC.
Natco Pharma Ltd.
Sun Pharmaceutical
Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd.
8895557
7420051
6:20-cv-00667 Filed Gallio IP, LLC [Endpoint IP] Xerox 10176332
6:20-cv-00674 Filed DataWidget, LLC Tecra Systems, Inc.
Propago, LLC
10102557
6:20-cv-00675 Filed Aristors Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Alert Media, Inc. 8013734
6:20-cv-00654 Filed Evolve Interactive, LLC [Endpoint IP] Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc. 7068596
2:20-cv-01130 Filed International Business Machines, Corp. Zillow 6778193
7543234
9569414
6785676
10115168
1:20-cv-00972 Filed NXP USA, Inc. Heritage IP, LLC [IP Edge] 7221200
6854067
3:20-cv-09299 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc.
Organon USA, Inc.
Microspherix 10493181
9636401
9636402
8821835
1:20-cv-00575 Filed Bridgestone America Tire Operations, LLC Pacific Industrial Co. Ltd.
Pacific Industries USA, Inc.
Pacific Manufacturing Ohio, Inc.
Schrader-Bridgeport International, Inc. AKA SCHRADER-PACIFIC
6630885
7161476
6:20-cv-00661 Filed Koss Corp. Bose Corp. 10206025
10368155
10469934
6:20-cv-00663 Filed Koss Corp. Polycom, Inc.
Plantronics Co.
10206025
10469934
10506325
10368155
8:20-cv-01327 Filed Contego Spa Designs, Inc. Dion Nails Supply, Inc. DBA Skylark Nail Supply
Gulfstream, Inc.
9439831
1:20-cv-04320 Filed Deckers Outdoor Corp. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D866941
2:20-cv-09299 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme B.V.
Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc.
Organon USA, Inc.
Microspherix 10493181
9636401
9636402
8821835
2:20-cv-01452 Filed Pilot, Inc. Noco Co. 9525297
9007015
2:20-cv-00261 Filed National Products Corp. NORTHE COMPANY LLC
4:20-cv-00967 Filed American Metals Supply Co., Inc. Landmark Technology A, LLC [Lawrence B. Lockwood]
6:20-cv-00673 Filed Magnacross [IP Edge] Itron, Inc. 6917304

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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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  1. Josh Malone July 29, 2020 1:22 pm

    The Moskowitz family should move for summary dismissal at the PTAB on the basis that USPTO should not support IP theft. It is outrageous that every time a big corporation doesn’t want to pay for our patented technology they file an IPR to drive down the price. It is time for the USPTO to start supporting inventors again.

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