Patent Filings Roundup: Qualcomm Keeps Monterey at Bay; H&R Block Hit with Revived Uniloc Patent; Board Rejects 11 Intel Petitions Against Fortress Sub

By Jonathan Stroud
August 27, 2020

patent filings - https://depositphotos.com/182092430/stock-photo-patent-law-gavel-word-patent.htmlDistrict court patent filings and filings with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) were relatively subdued this week, with 53 new complaints and 31 PTAB filings; the PTAB filings were puffed up by L&L Candle Company firing off three IPRs against Sterno company, three diaper IPRs dropped on Paul Hartmann AG, and Qualcomm IPRs as outlined below; the district court saw the typical activity, plus a pro se Patent Term Adjustment suit and a few further complaints from frequent and longtime litigants Gil Hyatt and Lakshmi Arunchalam.

Qualcomm tries keeping Monterey at Bay: Qualcomm filed IPRs against an often-asserted patent once the subject of an International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation by Cypress Semiconductor, then later asserted by Vector Capital Corp.-backed Monterey Research, LLC (and apparently at one point, Marvell Semiconductor). The patent, which has been reexamined and IPRed by AMD, and was the subject of the ITC case as well as district court case, seems prime for discretionary denial by the Board.

Chip off the H&R Block: Kansas-based H&R Block is the latest to feel the sting of a Softbank-controlled Uniloc patent suit, this one on once-cancelled claims under 101 that were recently reversed by the Federal Circuit.  It didn’t take long for the Fortress-funded Uniloc to sue again, this time in Missouri Federal Court.

Impenetrable Fortress: Another Fortress subsidiary, VLSI Technology, completed a total coup at the PTAB, getting the Board to deny all 11 petitions Intel filed under their NHK Spring/Fintiv “discretionary denial” rules. The underlying district court case, filed in the Western District of Texas, is set for trial later this year; Intel filed all of their petitions within the one-year bar (and in many instances much sooner).  In the denials, as it has in others, the Board refused to consider factors not found in precedential decisions.

                                    PTAB (31)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01486 Filed Sensormatic Electronics, LLC [Johnson Controls Int’l PLC] Wyze Labs, Inc., 8208019
IPR2020-01478 Filed Paul Hartmann AG [Schwenk Limes GmbH & Company KG] Attends Healthcare Products, Inc 8784398
IPR2020-01502 Filed Sysmex Corporation
Sysmex America, Inc.
Beckman Coulter, Inc 10401351
IPR2020-01490 Filed Sensormatic Electronics, LLC [Johnson Controls Int’l PLC] Wyze Labs, Inc., 8610772
IPR2020-01491 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Qualcomm Incorporated 6534805
IPR2020-01488 Filed Sensormatic Electronics, LLC [Johnson Controls Int’l PLC] Wyze Labs, Inc., 7730534
IPR2020-01483 Filed Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
6900750
IPR2020-01501 Filed Sysmex Corporation
Sysmex America, Inc.
Beckman Coulter, Inc 10401350
IPR2020-01480 Filed Paul Hartmann AG [Schwenk Limes GmbH & Company KG] Attends Healthcare Products, Inc 8708990
IPR2020-01477 Filed Paul Hartmann AG [Schwenk Limes GmbH & Company KG] Attends Healthcare Products, Inc 8152788
IPR2020-01287 Filed Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 9411472
IPR2020-01170 Filed Sterno Home Inc. L&L Candle Company LLC 8858043
IPR2020-01423 Filed Broadcom Corporation Netflix, Inc. 6341375
IPR2020-01489 Filed Sensormatic Electronics, LLC [Johnson Controls Int’l PLC] Wyze Labs, Inc., 7936370
IPR2020-01493 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.’ Qualcomm Incorporated 6765407
IPR2020-01504 Filed Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8498753
IPR2020-01468 Filed President and Fellows of Harvard College
United Kingdom Research and Innovation
10X Genomics, Inc. 9919277
IPR2020-01485 Filed The Hillman Group, Inc. Keyme, LLC [KeyMe Incorporated] 10400474
IPR2020-01484 Filed Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
6900750
IPR2020-01166 Filed Sterno Home Inc. L&L Candle Company LLC 6719443
IPR2020-01167 Filed Sterno Home Inc. L&L Candle Company LLC 8562186
IPR2020-01503 Filed Sysmex Corporation
Sysmex America, Inc. [Johnson Controls Int’l PLC]
Beckman Coulter, Inc 10401351
IPR2020-01487 Filed Sensormatic Electronics, LLC [Johnson Controls Int’l PLC] Wyze Labs, Inc., 7954129
IPR2020-01467 Filed President and Fellows of Harvard College
United Kingdom Research and Innovation
10X Genomics, Inc. 9919277
IPR2020-01436 Filed Proven Networks LLC NetApp, Inc. 7450507
IPR2020-01383 Filed Intellectual Ventures II LLC VMware, Inc. 7016963
IPR2020-01421 Filed Netlist, Inc. SK Hynix, Inc.
SK Hynix America, Inc.
10217523
IPR2020-01509 Filed Treefrog Developments, Inc. Fellowes, Inc. 8526180
IPR2020-01479 Filed Paul Hartmann AG Attends Healthcare Products, Inc 8771249
IPR2020-01492 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Qualcomm Incorporated 6651134
IPR2020-01500 Filed Sysmex Corporation
Sysmex America, Inc.
Beckman Coulter, Inc 10401350
IPR2020-00600 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 9010044
IPR2020-00683 Not Instituted – Merits Stoller Enterprises, Inc. Fine Agrochemicals Ltd. 10104883
IPR2020-00605 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 9702140
IPR2020-00474 Not Instituted – Merits Cellect, LLC Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6982740
PGR2020-00030 Not Instituted – Merits Compass Pathways Limited Kohn & Associates PLLC 10519175
IPR2020-00601 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 9382713
IPR2020-00607 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 10072415
IPR2020-00596 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 8474197
IPR2020-00604 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 9689159
IPR2020-00606 Not Instituted – Merits Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisiana-Pacific Corporation 9695588
IPR2020-00552 Not Instituted – Procedural Impinj, Inc. NXP Semiconductors
NXP USA, Inc
8600298
IPR2020-00527 Not Instituted – Procedural VLSI Technology LLC (Softbank, Fortress IP) Intel Corporation 6633187
IPR2020-00498 Not Instituted – Procedural VLSI Technology LLC (Softbank, Fortress IP) Intel Corporation 7725759
IPR2020-00484 Not Instituted – Procedural Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd. Cisco Systems, Inc. 10461866
IPR2020-00526 Not Instituted – Procedural VLSI Technology LLC (Softbank, Fortress IP) Intel Corporation 6633187
IPR2020-00609 Not Instituted – Procedural Huber Engineered Woods LLC Louisia-Pacific Corporation
Louisiana-Pacific Corporation
9546479
IPR2020-00519 Not Instituted – Procedural Impinj, Inc. NXP Semiconductors
NXP USA, Inc
8115597
IPR2020-00520 Instituted Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, U.S. LLC
L’Air Liquide Societe Anonyme a Directoire et Conseil de Surveillance pour l’Etude e l’Exploration des Procedes Georges Claude
Cobham Mission Systems Davenport LSS Inc. (f/k/a Carleton Life Support Systems, Inc.) 6746513
IPR2020-00512 Instituted Cellect, LLC Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9186052
IPR2020-00514 Instituted Impinj, Inc. NXP Semiconductors
NXP USA, Inc
9471816
IPR2020-00475 Instituted Cellect, LLC Samsung
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9186052
IPR2020-00470 Instituted Intellectual Ventures I LLC
Intellectual Ventures, LLC
VMware, Inc. 7949752
IPR2020-00469 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Microsoft Corporation
HP, Inc.
Dell, Inc.
Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Dell Products LP
10088960
IPR2020-00503 Instituted The Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas Nanosys, Inc. 7105051
IPR2020-00692 Instituted Innovative Global Systems, LLC Keep Truckin, Inc. 8032277
IPR2020-00511 Instituted Divx, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Netflix, Inc. 9184920
IPR2020-00553 Instituted Impinj, Inc. NXP Semiconductors
NXP USA, Inc
8600298
IPR2019-00594 Final Written Decision KOM Networks, Inc.
KOM Software Inc.
NetApp, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
6654864
IPR2019-00635 Final Written Decision Velos Media, LLC Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
8767824
IPR2019-00688 Final Written Decision Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adapt Pharma Operations Limited
Nalox-1 Pharmaceuticals, LLC 9468747
IPR2019-00700 Final Written Decision Uniloc
Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank]
Apple Inc. 8406116
IPR2019-00757 Final Written Decision Velos Media, LLC Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
9930365
IPR2019-00705 Final Written Decision CoolIT Systems, Inc. Asetek Danmark A/S
Asetek A/S
9496200
IPR2019-00694 Final Written Decision Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adapt Pharma Operations Limited
Nalox-1 Pharmaceuticals, LLC 9629965
IPR2019-00701 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple Inc. 8018877
IPR2019-00652 Final Written Decision Guardant Health, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. 9834822
IPR2019-00743 Final Written Decision Ortiz & Associates Consulting, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] Unified Patents, LLC
Unified Patents, Inc.
8971914
IPR2019-00685 Final Written Decision Opiant Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Adapt Pharma Operations Limited
Nalox-1 Pharmaceuticals, LLC 9211253
IPR2019-00634 Final Written Decision Guardant Health, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. 9840743
IPR2019-00712 Final Written Decision James J. Fallon et al.
Realtime Adaptive Streaming, LLC [Brickell Key, Juridica]
Adobe Inc. 8929442

                           District Court (53)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:20-cv-07438 Filed Paul E. Arlton
David J Arlton
Aerovironment, Inc. 8042763
2:20-cv-00269 Filed Garrity Power Services, LLC Samsung Group 9906067
3:20-cv-00928 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] First Federal Bancorp, Inc. 8424752
1:20-cv-01824 Filed Symbology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Swagelok Co. 8424752
2:20-cv-01520 Filed Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. Spartan Fire, LLC 7784554
6:20-cv-00749 Filed Intellectual Ventures Co.
Intellectual Ventures II, LLC
Arista Networks 6618736
7173931
2:20-cv-00590 Filed Beauty Industry Group Opco Landmark Technology A 7010508
4:20-cv-00264 Filed Graco, Inc.
Graco Minnesota, Inc.
Smart Spray LLC
1:20-cv-01102 Filed Carl Zeiss X-Ray Microscopy, Inc. Sigray, Inc.
1:20-cv-11039 Filed Norgine B.V.
Salix Pharmaceuticals
BAUSCH HEALTH IRELAND LIMITED
Lupin Limited
8:20-cv-00338 Filed Saprex, LLC Lincoln Industries, Inc.
6:20-cv-00761 Filed Kortek Industries Pty Ltd. Hubbell, Inc.
6:20-cv-00763 Filed Kortek Industries Pty Ltd. SDI Technologies, Inc.
1:20-cv-00985 Filed Eurica Califorrniaa Hon Andrei lancu
1:20-cv-06598 Filed Pop Top Corp. Barnesandnoble.com, LLC 7966623
9:20-cv-81340 Filed Glen Dimplex Americas Ltd. f/k/a Dimplex North America Limited Twin-Star International,Inc. 9709229
9739433
5:20-cv-01650 Filed Xiaohua Huang We Buy Used IT Equipment 6999331
1:20-cv-04868 Filed Kioba Processing, LLC [IP Investments Group] Discover Financial Services
DFS Services, LLC
Discover Bank
6917902
6931382
7110792
7136841
7107078
1:20-cv-01093 Filed Fantasia Trading, LLC [Anker Innovations] 360 Electrical, LLC D834520
D866472
D879721
6:20-cv-00758 Filed Richman Technology Corp. Robert Bosch GmbH 9449484
2:20-cv-00271 Filed Oceana Innovations, LLC [Endpoint IP LLC] Compal Electronics, Inc. 6508678
1:20-cv-01094 Filed Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Alkem Laboratories Limited 10493028
6:20-cv-00762 Filed Wireless Discovery LLC Bumble Holding Ltd.
Badoo Limited
Worldwide Vision Limited
Lumen App Limited
Magic Lab Co.
et al.
6:20-cv-00764 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] DoorDash, Inc.
6:20-cv-00765 Filed Panther Innovations, LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Birch Grove Software, Inc.
4:20-cv-00629 Filed RFC Lenders of Texas, LLC (IP Investment Group] Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. 7430471
4:20-cv-00662 Filed Mycroft AI, Inc. Voice Tech Corp.
6:20-cv-00745 Filed Endotrans Technologies, LLC Apollo Endosurgery, Inc. 8961545
6:20-cv-00746 Filed IP Program, Inc. Juniper Networks 7415723
7487264
2:20-cv-04033 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Continental Materials, Inc. 6308482
3:20-cv-05896 Filed Parus Holdings, Inc. Apple 7076431
9451084
1:20-cv-06721 Filed Kamatani Cloud, LLC [General Patent Corp.] NEC
4:20-cv-00659 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] H and R Block, Inc.
H&R Block Enterprises, LLC
HRB Digital, LLC
6324578
7069293
2:20-cv-00147 Filed Leonardi Manufacturing Co. Bay Electric, Inc.
Bay Engineering, Inc.
6550504
3:20-cv-00471 Filed Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. Spartan Fire, LLC 7784554
3:20-cv-02312 Filed DSL Extension LLC (poss. Brad Liddle) EXFO America Co. 6829246
6:20-cv-00461 Filed Global Locating Systems LLC (Fred DuFrense) Coolpad Technologies, Inc.
6:20-cv-00752 Filed eCeipt LLC (IPValuation Partners) Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. 8643875
1:20-cv-00979 Filed Richman Technology Corp. ADT 8350698
8981933
9449484
1:20-cv-04916 Filed Fitness Anywhere, LLC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D669945
1:20-cv-01098 Filed W. R. Grace & Co.-Conn. Elysium Health, Inc.
4:20-cv-00628 Filed RFC Lenders of Texas, LLC (IP Investment Group) State Farm Insurance Cos. 7430471
1:20-cv-04806 Filed ABC Corporation II
ABC Corporation I
The Partnership and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
4:20-cv-00660 Filed Mycroft AI, Inc. Voice Tech Corp.
6:20-cv-00747 Filed eCeipt LLC (IPValuation Partners, LLC) Victoria’s Secret Stores 8643875
3:20-cv-02313 Filed DSL Extension LLC (poss. Brad Liddle) Planet Technologies Inc 6829246
3:20-cv-01426 Filed Sennco Solutions Mobile Technologies, Inc. 7154039
9303809
4:20-cv-02921 Filed Shoes By Firebug LLC Academy 8327561
9015965
6:20-cv-00754 Filed eCeipt LLC (IPValuation Partners, LLC) Bath & Body Works, LLC 8643875
2:20-cv-00274 Filed RFCyber Corp. GOOGLE, LLC
Google Payment Corp.
1:20-cv-01099 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc. Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd.
2:20-cv-11087 Filed THERAPEUTICSMD, INC. Teva Pharmaceutical
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited
2:20-cv-01558 Filed Lakshmi Arunachalam CSAA Insurance Group 5987500
8037158
8108492
1:20-cv-00983 Filed Gilbert P. Hyatt Andrei Iancu

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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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