Patent Filings Roundup: Dozens of Patents DJed Under Alice; Counterfeit Kids’ Bikes Challenged; Board Refuses Non-Fintiv Policy Arguments

By Jonathan Stroud
September 30, 2020

patent filingsDistrict court patent filings were low this week with 49, a substantial percentage of which were filed against small or medium-sized companies by IP Edge or Leigh Rothschild-owned subsidiaries.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was steady with 33, one post grant review (PGR), the rest inter partes reviews (IPRs).  The fallout from the Magnetar-backed Irish entity Neodron filing in the International Trade Commission (ITC) continued with the usual trickle of filings against their portfolio; frequent litigant Omnitracs, LLC (through various subsidiaries), a fleet management company, was the target of a handful of challenges, and a handful of parties filed challenges on semiconductor-related disputes.

The Great 101 DJ of 2020: The Alice-related fallout between two well-heeled Wall Street players continues a decade after it began with a new declaratory judgment (DJ) action over the entire remaining portfolio of 50+ patents based on five earlier-challenged patents (of a 65-patent portfolio) being held unpatentable.

The backstory (and complaint) here is long, but boils down to a financial services firm (Double Rock) hired in 2009 to farm out “cash sweep” services, i.e., distribute customer funds between multiple bank accounts so that the balance in each is below the $250,000 FDIC-insured limit.  At some point, the firm, Reich & Tang, realized they could acquire Double Rock and do the work themselves in-house.  But as a part of the agreement, they took a license to patents held by Island IP.  Reich & Tang acquired Double Rock, and as part of that acquisition paid millions in licensing fees to the principals. After Alice in 2015, Reich & Tang analyzed the portfolio and found the patents invalid under Alice, and refused to continue license payments. Double Rock filed suit in the New York Supreme Court (state court) alleging breach of contract and that the license prevented validity challenges. Eventually that dispute (which involved multiple DJ actions and other collateral amicus filings and more), settled on the eve of trial.
Unrelatedly, in a litigation against Deutsche Bank over some of the patents of the portolio, those patents were eventually held unpatentable, starting in 2012 and culminating in an order following some intervening decisions.
This is where it gets even harder to follow.  Apparently, an affiliate of Stone Castle Management, Stone Castle Insured Sweep, through a series of actions, obtained a license to the portfolio originally developed by Double Rock (and now owned by Island IP).  Later, Stone Castle alleges, Island IP (now owning Double Rock) began in 2018 to threaten it with patent infringement and trade secret violations.  According to the DJ complaint, which asserts unpatentability under Alice for the rest of the portfolio, Island IP filed a civil action against StoneCastle alleging infringement of five of the 65 patents of the portfolio.
StoneCastle and affiliates moved to dismiss Island IP’s patent infringement claims under 35 U.S.C. § 101; the court agreed and dismissed Island IP’s complaint.
Undeterred, the discussions over the remaining portfolio apparently continued, prompting this massive DJ action the remaining assets (and two others that recently issued).

Wanna ride bikes?: In what appears to be a counterfeit enforcement action, Hyper Bicycles, Inc. moved to sue Taiwanese national Fa-Shing Lu for making and marketing the child’s 16-inch Moto Hyper Nitro Circus Bike (which a quick Google search reveals is sold by, among others, Wal-Mart), as infringing on two of their design patents covering their own Hyper Bicycle products.  Such counterfeit enforcement actions are becoming increasingly common on the docket, suggesting parties are finally turning away from their general aversion to using the district court to enforce relatively small claims.

PTAB considers policy arguments, refuses others: In another Fintiv denial benefitting a foreign company over a U.S. one, Apple had another IPR denied consideration on a Maxell (i.e., Hitachi) digital camera patent.  While this has grown routine and the trial date was scheduled for December, it’s notable that the Board panel (again) refused to consider policy arguments not specifically identified in Fintiv as designated by the Director, stating:

Petitioner also presents extensive policy arguments against the Board’s application of Fintiv and NHK […]. We need not address these arguments, as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has designated Fintiv and NHK as precedential decisions of the Board.

                                 PTAB (33)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2020-01517 Filed Omnitracs LLC [Omnitracs Holdings, LLC] Platform Science, Inc. 7725216
IPR2020-01639 Filed iRobot Corporation SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
10296007
IPR2020-01661 Filed Enventure Global Technology, Inc. Weatherford U.S., LP 7159665
IPR2020-01669 Filed Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur
Foerderung Der Angewadten Forschung EV
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 6548391
IPR2020-01683 Filed Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung Electronics
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Sony Corporation
Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc.
8749251
IPR2020-01612 Filed Omnitracs LLC [Omnitracs Holdings, LLC] Platform Science, Inc. 6925308
IPR2020-01672 Filed Management Science Associates, Inc. [Clark Consulting Inc.] Datavant, Inc. 9614814
IPR2020-01643 Filed Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
10507088
IPR2020-01688 Filed Ideahub Inc Vudu, LLC [Comcast] 10270830
IPR2020-01640 Filed iRobot Corporation SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
7389156
PGR2020-00086 Filed Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10653719
IPR2020-01644 Filed Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
10507089
IPR2020-01642 Filed Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
10507088
IPR2020-01689 Filed Ideahub Inc Vudu, LLC [Comcast] 10313414
IPR2020-01668 Filed Pinn Inc. [Law Office of Ryan E. Hatch, P.C.; Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz PLLC; and Connor Kudlac Lee PLLC, Randolph Square IP] Apple Inc. 9807491
IPR2020-01518 Filed Omnitracs LLC [Omnitracs Holdings, LLC] Platform Science, Inc. 7725216
IPR2020-01677 Filed Maxpower Semiconductor Inc., Rohm Semiconductor USA, LLC 8659076
IPR2020-01660 Filed R421a LLC Dynatemp International, Inc. 9982179
IPR2020-01667 Filed Mexichem Amanco Holding Sa De Cv [Orbita Advance Corporation] The Chemours Company FC, LLC 8633340
IPR2020-01682 Filed Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Sony Corporation
Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc.
8749251
IPR2020-01613 Filed Omnitracs LLC [Omnitracs Holdings, LLC] Platform Science, Inc. 6925308
IPR2020-01674 Filed Maxpower Semiconductor Inc. Rohm Semiconductor USA, LLC 7843004
IPR2020-01662 Filed JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. [JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. – Israel] Quibi Holdings, LLC 9271015
IPR2020-01629 Filed NXP USA, Inc Impinj, Inc. 7374097
IPR2020-01645 Filed Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
10507089
IPR2020-01670 Filed Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Zur
Foerderung Der Angewadten Forschung EV
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 6548391
IPR2020-01676 Filed Maxpower Semiconductor Inc. Rohm Semiconductor USA, LLC 8466025
IPR2020-01675 Filed Maxpower Semiconductor Inc. Rohm Semiconductor USA, LLC 8067719
IPR2020-01666 Filed Enventure Global Technology, Inc. [Halliburton] Weatherford U.S., LP 7918284
IPR2020-01647 Filed Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited [Broadcom, Inc.] Netflix, Inc. 8259121
IPR2020-01664 Filed Core Optical Technologies LLC Juniper Networks, Inc.
Nokia Corp.
Nokia of America Corporation
6782211
IPR2020-01663 Filed JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. Quibi Holdings, LLC 9271015
IPR2020-01622 Filed Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
9675430
IPR2020-00898 Not Instituted – Merits United Technologies Corporation General Electric Company 8641366
IPR2020-00740 Not Instituted – Merits Kannuu Pty Ltd. Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8676852
IPR2020-00736 Not Instituted – Merits Kannuu Pty Ltd. Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9697264
IPR2020-00739 Not Instituted – Merits Kannuu Pty Ltd. Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8996579
IPR2020-00597 Not Instituted – Procedural Maxell, Ltd. [Maxell Holdings, Ltd.] Apple Inc. 8339493
IPR2020-00737 Instituted Kannuu Pty Ltd. Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9436354
CBM2020-00011 Instituted Trioptima AB Quantile Technologies Limited 7613649
IPR2020-00768 Instituted WorldSource Enterprises LLC
Eco Agro Resources, LLC
Eco World Group, LLC, d/b/a Presidon Ag
World Source Enterprises, LLC
Eco World Group, LLC d/b/a Presidion AG
et al.
Solvay USA Inc. 10301231
IPR2020-00738 Instituted Kannuu Pty Ltd. Samsung
Samsung Electronics America, Inc
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8370393
IPR2020-00680 Instituted Medtronic, Inc. Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. 8457758
IPR2020-00007 Instituted Novoluto GmbH EIS Gmbh 9849061
IPR2020-00686 Instituted Parus Holdings Inc. Apple Inc. 7076431
IPR2020-00712 Instituted Medtronic, Inc. Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. 8738148
IPR2020-00681 Instituted Targeted Radio LLC [Acacia Research] Unified Patents, LLC 8948684
IPR2020-00687 Instituted Parus Holdings Inc. Apple Inc. 9451084
IPR2020-00713 Instituted Medtronic, Inc. Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. 9821112
IPR2019-00820 Final Written Decision MPH Technologies Oy Apple Inc. 7937581
IPR2019-00606 Final Written Decision KOM Software Inc. NetApp, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
8234477
IPR2019-00819 Final Written Decision MPH Technologies Oy Apple Inc. 7620810
IPR2019-00895 Final Written Decision Wright Medical Technology, Inc. [Wright Medical Group NV] Paragon 28, Inc. 9259252
IPR2019-00897 Final Written Decision Spin Master Ltd. Choirock Contents Factory Co., Ltd 8500508
IPR2019-00879 Final Written Decision Ioengine, LLC Ingenico Inc. 9059969
IPR2019-00846 Final Written Decision Autel Robotics USA LLC SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd. 9260184
IPR2019-00900 Final Written Decision Spin Master Ltd. Choirock Contents Factory Co., Ltd 9868073
IPR2019-00608 Final Written Decision KOM Software Inc. NetApp, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
9361243
IPR2019-00607 Final Written Decision KOM Software Inc. NetApp, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
9361243
IPR2019-00865 Final Written Decision Pharmacyclics LLC [Abbvie Corporation] Sandoz, Inc. 9795604
IPR2019-00901 Final Written Decision Spin Master Ltd. Choirock Contents Factory Co., Ltd 9975058
IPR2016-00850 Final Written Decision Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Dropbox, Inc. 6671757
IPR2019-00894 Final Written Decision Wright Medical Technology, Inc. Paragon 28, Inc. 9144443
IPR2016-00851 Final Written Decision Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Dropbox, Inc. 6671757
IPR2019-00929 Final Written Decision Ioengine, LLC Ingenico Inc. 9774703

                          District Court (49)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:20-cv-00311 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Oliver Street Dermatology Management, LLC d/b/a U.S. Dermatology Partners
Oliver Street Dermatology ASC, LLC
Oliver Street 5.01(a), Inc. d/b/a U.S. Dermatology Partners
8391298
7068684
7123699
6067349
3:20-cv-06607 Filed Largan Precision Co., Ltd. Ability Opto-Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
Newmax Technology Co., Ltd.
Hewlett-Packard
8395691
7274518
8988796
9146378
6:20-cv-00860 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection LLC Best Buy Co., Inc. 7162735
1:20-cv-02871 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Anatomie Corporation 7917285
1:20-cv-07868 Filed Stonecastle Cash Management LLC [Stonecastle Partners, LLC] Island Intellectual Property, LLC [Double Rock Corp., Reserve Management Co.] 7509286
7519551
7536350
7668771
7668772
7933821
7672886
7680734
7716131
7769688
7809640
8311916
8386383
8612324
8311939
8370236
8521569
8719062
7672902
8019667
8260697
8352342
8566200
8566201
8583545
7996308
8452702
8458089
8589289
7752107
7752129
8032456
8260705
8380621
8688577
7672901
7680716
8019668
8239321
8386382
8571960
8606676
8290859
8290860
8290861
8355985
8401962
8560442
8571984
8498933
RE43246
1:20-cv-03941 Filed Merrill Manufacturing Co. Simmons Manufacturing Co. D881817
1:20-cv-00878 Filed Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co.
H Lundbeck A/S
Accord Healthcare
Intas Biopharmaceuticals
7453267
9270552
9329659
9689899
6:20-cv-00875 Filed ONSCREEN DYNAMICS, LLC Getac Technology Corp. 9395917
9645663
6:20-cv-00862 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection LLC McAfee, LLC 7162735
1:20-cv-02878 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC  [Leigh Rothschild] Zoom Video Communications, Inc. 8856221
3:20-cv-06621 Filed Display Technologies, LLC  [Leigh Rothschild] Zenreach, Inc. 9300723
2:20-cv-00665 Filed Grip6 MPforLife 10004301
1:20-cv-01284 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge, LLC] Coolpad Technologies, Inc. 7154961
7567622
7:20-cv-07899 Filed CARDINAL MOTORS, Inc., H&H Sports Protection USA, Inc. D661027
6:20-cv-00867 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC True Protection, LLC 9125079
6:20-cv-00874 Filed ONSCREEN DYNAMICS, LLC EMBROSS North America, Ltd. 9395917
9645663
6:20-cv-00876 Filed Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
CHENGDU MONOLITHIC POWER SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
PROMATE ELECTRONIC CO., LTD.
MERAKI INTEGRATED CIRCUIT (SHENZHEN) TECHNOLOGY, LTD.
8067973
8400790
10432104
1:20-cv-01263 Filed Q3 Networking, LLC [IP Edge] Commscope, Inc.
ARRIS US Holdings, Inc.
CommScope Holding Company, Inc.
Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
7895305
8797853
7457627
7609677
1:20-cv-07803 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Cloud4Wi, Inc. 9300723
1:20-cv-11739 Filed Fa-Hsing Lu Hyper Bicycles, Inc. D529842
D556642
3:20-cv-02930 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] BMC Stock Holdings, Inc. 7917285
3:20-cv-06687 Filed Be TopNotch Wyoming, LLC Joy Life, Inc. 9373104
1:20-cv-05729 Filed Dr. Fraser Stoddart
Northwestern University
PanaceaNano, Inc.
Youssry Botros
9808788
9834803
9816049
10583147
10736967
3:20-cv-00232 Filed Alaska Railroad Corp. Flying Crown Subdivision Addition No. 1 and Addition No. 2 Property Owners Association
5:20-cv-02129 Filed Location Based Services, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Alimentation Couche-Tard (US), Inc. 9702713
6:20-cv-00861 Filed Trust & Verify Data Protection LLC Electronic Arts 7162735
1:20-cv-07817 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Mobstac, Inc. 9300723
1:20-cv-02873 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Brandfolder, Inc. 9936086
6:20-cv-00863 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Williams-Sonoma, Inc., d/b/a Pottery Barn 7917285
3:20-cv-06684 Filed TeleNav, Inc. Omnitek Partners, LLC 8645057
8224569
5:20-cv-06686 Filed ROHM Semiconductor, U.S.A., LLC MaxPower Semiconductor, Inc. 7843004
8076719
8466025
8659076
1:20-cv-23901 Filed Panther Innovations, LLC TERAMIND, INC. 7502797
2:20-cv-00312 Filed SEVEN Networks, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple
1:20-cv-01283 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge] Keep Truckin, Inc. 7154961
7567622
3:20-cv-00755 Filed Schneider Pvt Ltd. Anord Mardix (USA), Inc.
Anord Mardix (Ireland), Ltd.
RE48059
7888362
6:20-cv-00865 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC Fort Knox Security Services 9125079
6:20-cv-00873 Filed Monolithic Power Systems, Inc.
CHENGDU MONOLITHIC POWER SYSTEMS CO., LTD.
1:20-cv-01264 Filed Q3 Networking, LLC [IP Edge] Netgear, Inc. 7457627
7609677
7895305
8797853
1:20-cv-01265 Filed Q3 Networking, LLC [IP Edge] Aruba Networks
Hewlett-Parkard Co.
7609677
7895305
8797853
7457627
1:20-cv-07816 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Rothschild] Leantegra, Inc. 9300723
3:20-cv-13103 Filed Janssen Research & Development, LLC
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V., [Johnson & Johnson]
Mylan Laboratories, Ltd.
Mylan
10143693
4:20-cv-03297 Filed STYLWAN IP HOLDING, LLC
Stylwan, Inc.
Stress Engineering Services, Inc. 7231320
7403871
8050874
8086425
8428910
8831894
2:20-cv-00313 Filed Eighth Street Solutions, LLC [Endpoint IP] McAfee, LLC 7664924
9600661
10503418
4:20-cv-00722 Filed Wistaria Trading, Ltd.
Blue Spike, LLC
Blue Spike International Ltd
Cable One, Inc. 8224705
8473746
RE44222
RE44307
9021602
9104842
7475246
8739295
1:20-cv-01282 Filed Altair Logix LLC [IP Edge] Ascom (US), Inc. 6289434
6:20-cv-00864 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC DFW Security, LLC 9125079
6:20-cv-00866 Filed Wireless Communications Mobile LLC Protect America, Inc. 9125079
6:20-cv-00870 Filed Parkervision, Inc. Hisense Visual Technology Co., Ltd. F/K/A QINGDAO HISENSE ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
Hisense Co. Ltd.
7292835
6049706
6580902
7110444
8588725
8660513
9246736
9444673
6266518
9118528
6:20-cv-00872 Filed Worlds, Inc. Microsoft Corp. 8082501

 

*This article was updated on October 1 to clarify the details of the Double Rock declaratory judgment dispute.


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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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