Patent Filings Roundup: CBM Goes Out with a Whimper; Board Denies Unwired Planet Challenge After District Court Verdict; Fortress-Owned Divx Targets Devices

By Jonathan Stroud
September 16, 2020

https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/45517555-xl-2015.html?filter=all&qview=45517555District court patent filings were substantially lulled this week, with about a third of what’s normal—33—filed to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s 32 petitions, propped up by lithium-ion battery company Amprius filing eight inter partes reviews (IPRs) against the Japanese Softbank (via Fortress IP)-owned Traverse CF non-practicing entity (NPE).

CBM Sunset: The little-used covered business methods (CBM) program sunsets today. As evidenced by the lack of any substantial rush to file any at the last minute, the proceeding had for years been eclipsed both by Federal Circuit rulings narrowing the scope of the program and by the explosion and success of subject matter challenges in the district courts. While there have been rumors of a last-minute attempt to revive the program, for now it seems destined for the dustbin of history.

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu himself has expressed his support for letting the program expire, commenting in a fireside chat yesterday that “It served its purpose. And now it can safely sunset. There are very few CBMs filed now.… Beyond that, it’s inherently problematic in that it isolates a particular area of technology, and…as a general principle, it’s not good and it’s not in the tradition of the American patent system to isolate for whatever purpose a particular area of technology.” 

PTAB Discretionarily Denies IPR after $500 Million Jury Verdict—The PTAB denied consideration of one of the Unwired Planet/ Optis Wireless Inc./Brevets Capital patents that formed the basis of the recent first-back patent case in the Eastern District of Texas brought by Irell & Manella and McKool Smith—which resulted in at $506 million verdict. The PTAB panel invoked the Apple v. Fintiv factors and, though the trial date had already concluded, found that reviewing the petition on the merits would waste the Board’s time and resources. No consideration was given to other companies or industries that may face licensing demands in the future.

Devices Diversifying Divx: Earlier last year, the Softbank & Fortress IP-owned NPE Divx LLC sued streaming media companies Hulu and Netflix, who responded with a flurry of mostly instituted IPRs that have resulted in a stay of that litigation. Divx responded with a new suit against LG Electronics, Realtek Semiconductor, Samsung, and Mediatek asserting three new patents and one old one (the only patent not challenged in the previous round); the patents are on streaming-related chips and software components.

PTAB (32)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01523 Filed JP Morgan Chase Bank Apple Inc. 8457703
PGR2020-00084 Filed Blackhawk Network Inc. Interactive Communications International, Inc. 10769894
PGR2020-00085 Filed Blackhawk Network Inc. Interactive Communications International, Inc. 10769894
IPR2020-01620 Filed Terves, LLC Ecometal Inc. 10329653
IPR2020-01607 Filed Nippon Telegraph
Telephone Corporation
MediaTek, Inc.
MediaTek USA, Inc.
7242720
IPR2020-01605 Filed Nordic Interactive Technologies LLC [Longhorn IP] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
7590097
IPR2020-01563 Filed Nevro Corp. Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
10076665
IPR2020-01587 Filed CF Traverse LLC [Softbank, Fortress] Amprius, Inc., 8652683
IPR2020-01615 Filed NCS Multistage Inc. Nine Energy Services Inc., 10465445
IPR2020-01598 Filed Maxell, Ltd. [Hitatchi] Hisense Co., Ltd. 9578369
IPR2020-01609 Filed Ancora Technologies, Inc. TCT Mobile Inc
Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen TCL Creative Cloud Technology Co., Ltd.,
6411941
IPR2020-01614 Filed Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC YAK Acess, LLC 9985390
IPR2020-01621 Filed Terves, LLC Ecometal Inc. 9903010
IPR2020-01584 Filed Vigilant Solutions, LLC Rekor Systems, Inc
Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc.
Openalpr Software Solutions, LLC
8781169
IPR2020-01586 Filed CF Traverse LLC [Softbank, Fortress] Amprius, Inc., 8420258
IPR2020-01562 Filed Nevro Corp. Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
9002460
IPR2020-01540 Filed Joseph Wiesel Apple Inc. 7020514
IPR2020-01617 Filed Newpark Mats & Integrated Services LLC [Newpark Resources Inc.] YAK Access, LLC 10340637
IPR2020-01588 Filed CF Traverse LLC [Softbank, Fortress] Amprius, Inc., 8658310
IPR2020-01582 Filed Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited, Netflix, Inc. 8572138
IPR2020-01420 Filed Smart Shooter Ltd. Israel Weapon Industries Ltd 10097764
IPR2020-01589 Filed CF Traverse LLC [Softbank, Fortress] Amprius, Inc. 9979017
IPR2020-01597 Filed Xilinx, Inc. Analog Devices, Inc. 7224184
IPR2020-01601 Filed Xilinx, Inc. Analog Devices, Inc. 7015838
IPR2020-01600 Filed Maxell, Ltd. [Hitatchi] Hisense Co., Ltd. 10327029
IPR2020-01546 Filed Solas Oled Ltd [Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 7573068
IPR2020-01580 Filed Enventure Global Technology, Inc. [Halliburton] Weatherford U.S., LP 6409175
IPR2020-01610 Filed Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
7821502
IPR2020-01603 Filed Nordic Interactive Technologies LLC [Longhorn IP] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
6345095
IPR2020-01599 Filed Xilinx, Inc. Analog Devices, Inc. 7088767
IPR2020-01595 Filed STC.UNM [University of New Mexico] Quest Diagnostics Incorporated 7666683
PGR2020-00035 Not Instituted – Merits Ingevity South Carolina, LLC BASF Corporation 10323553
IPR2020-00532 Not Instituted – Merits Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 8471593
IPR2020-00614 Not Instituted – Merits Divx, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Netflix, Inc.
Hulu, LLC
7295673
IPR2020-00537 Not Instituted – Merits Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 7928763
IPR2020-00642 Not Instituted – Procedural Unwired Planet International Limited, [Optis, Brevet Capital] Apple Inc. 9001774
IPR2020-00337 Instituted Packet Intelligence LLC Juniper Networks, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
6771646
IPR2020-00540 Instituted Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 9037807
IPR2020-00338 Instituted Packet Intelligence LLC Juniper Networks, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
6839751
IPR2020-00752 Instituted Sherwood Sensing Solutions LLC [Acacia Research] Frymaster LLC
Henny Penny Corporation
10285539
IPR2020-00541 Instituted Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 9075605
PGR2020-00037 Instituted Ingevity South Carolina, LLC BASF Corporation 10323553
IPR2020-00649 Instituted P Tech, LLC Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 9192395
IPR2020-00650 Instituted P Tech, LLC Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 9149281
IPR2020-00486 Instituted Packet Intelligence LLC Juniper Networks, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
6954789
IPR2020-00339 Instituted Packet Intelligence LLC Juniper Networks, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
6954789
PGR2020-00033 Instituted Basf Plant Science Company GmbH Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 10301638
IPR2020-00539 Instituted Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 9552047
IPR2020-00336 Instituted Packet Intelligence LLC Juniper Networks, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
6665725
IPR2020-00542 Instituted Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 9170812
IPR2020-00452 Instituted Michigan Motor Technologies LLC Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 6561166
IPR2019-00988 Final Written Decision DoDots Licensing Solutions LLC [Strategic Intellectual Solutions LLC, David White] Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
Lenovo Holding Company, Inc.,
9369545

District Court (33)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
6:20-cv-01646 Filed Rifle, Inc
Rifle Holdings, LLC
Rifle Paper Co
Petco Animal Supplies Stores, Inc.
6:20-cv-00819 Filed Flexiworld Technologies, Inc. Roku, Inc. 10346114
8989064
10740066
1:20-cv-05314 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D659180
1:20-cv-01203 Filed DIVX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] TCL Electronics Holdings Limited
MStar Semiconductor, Inc.
TCL Smart Device (Vietnam) Co. Ltd.
TTE Technology, Inc.
TCL Corporation
et al.
8832297
10484749
10412141
10212486
1:20-cv-12470 Filed Alkermes, Inc. Teva Pharmaceutical 7919499
1:20-cv-02356 Filed Somero Enterprises Ligchine International Corp. 8038366
2:20-cv-01344 Filed Omega Patents, LLC [Kenneth Flick] Firsttech, LLC 7305293
RE47225
RE47354
8032278
1:20-cv-05416 Filed Illinois Tool Works Inc. LISI Automotive, SA
Termax, LLC
10683882
1:20-cv-00937 Filed Slyce Acquisition Inc.
Slyce Canada Inc
Syte – Visual Conception Ltd.
6:20-cv-00830 Filed RecursiveWeb, LLC AirCheck of Texas, Inc.
6:20-cv-00831 Filed RecursiveWeb, LLC Cision Ltd.
6:20-cv-00834 Filed Slyce Acquisition Inc.
Slyce Canada Inc
Syte – Visual Conception Ltd.
2:20-cv-00297 Filed U.S. Silica Company Amberger-Kaolinwerke Eduard Kick GmbH & Co. KG
3:20-cv-06322 Filed ONSCREEN DYNAMICS, LLC Elo Touch Solutions, Inc. 9395917
2:20-cv-00635 Filed Datrec AdvancedMD
1:20-cv-01197 Filed Tonal Systems, Inc. ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. 10709925
10758767
2:20-cv-04399 Filed LUMITECH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, LLC IKEA North America Services, LLC 9206723
9574723
6:20-cv-00818 Filed eCeipt LLC [IP Valuation Partners] Ulta Beauty, Inc. 8643875
4:20-cv-00679 Filed Biomedcraft Designs, Inc. Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.
Karl Storz SE & Co. KG
10299855
8974455
8231622
8187272
1:20-cv-01202 Filed DIVX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
LG Corp.
10212486
8832297
10484749
10412141
6:20-cv-00822 Filed Embedded Software LLC Ansys, Inc. 7069546
1:20-cv-01215 Filed Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Intercept Pharma Europe, LTD.
Optimus Drugs Private Ltd.
Optimus Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
3:20-cv-01367 Filed Dongtai Metal Goods Co., Ltd. Arturo Salice S.p.A.
2:20-cv-00301 Filed DIVX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Samsung Electronics HCMC CE Complex, Co., Ltd.
Samsung Group
10212486
8832297
6:20-cv-00827 Filed Dali Wireless, Inc. Corning, Inc. 9826508
9769766
1:20-cv-02032 Filed Norsync Technology AS Oracle 7502791
3:20-cv-01786 Filed NANTKWEST, Inc. Fox Chase Cancer Center Foundation
John Doe
NANTKWEST, Inc.
Institute for Cancer Research
2:20-cv-00296 Filed IGO, Inc. Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC 7904738
7977823
2:20-cv-00298 Filed U.S. Silica Co. Amberger-Kaolinwerke Eduard Kick GmbH & Co. KG 9303407
9714512
10145115
8865303
2:20-cv-12470 Filed Alkermes, Inc. Teva Pharmaceutical 7919499
6:20-cv-00828 Filed Chemoil Corporation Profuel, LLC 10604403
10752491
1:20-cv-01214 Filed Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Intercept Pharma Europe, LTD.
MSN LABORATORIES PVT., LTD.
MSN Life Sciences Private Ltd.
MSN PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc.
1:20-cv-01063 Filed RecursiveWeb, LLC CARMA International, Inc.

 

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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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