Patent Filings Roundup: Video Codec Wars, Gaming Industry Stung by Section 325 Discretionary Denial, Remote Surgical Robotics Suit Filed

By Jonathan Stroud
October 21, 2020

patent filingsPatent filings were down ever so slightly last week, with 30 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions filed (29 inter partes reviews [IPRs] and one post grant review [PGR], the biggest chunk being Lenovo’s nine IPR filings against Nokia’s standard-essential patents) and 61 litigations. District court filings were driven in part by WSOU against their now-regular defendant, OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen), and in part by another wave of mostly Western District of Texas cases against another six major device manufacturers by Aquis Technologies—a decades-long Texas-based assertor of patents against USB-connection devices (the patents have already seen claim construction at least once; this brings the total number of defendants involved to 20 over the past 10 years.)

Tech Titans Square Off Over Old Streaming Codec: A year ago, Nokia filed suit against Lenovo as part of the very tail-end of licensing efforts around the old and widely adopted AVC streaming video-codec, otherwise known as H.264. Most of that codec and those patents had been licensed successfully through the MPEG-LA pool. As of the filing of that suit, 91% of the industry had adopted it (per Wikipedia). Lenovo waited until the one-year bar to file their many petitions, and filed multiple petitions on some patents, ranking them per the Board’s practice. The patents, which have relevance to the subsequent H.265 standard and the subsequent-subsequent VVC standard, should be closely watched by those in the streaming media industry.

Gaming Industry Patent Benefits from the Board’s Discretion: Sony and seemingly the entire gaming industry are the most recent petitioner-defendants to feel the sting of the Board’s increased use of their discretion to deny institutions without considering the merits, here under the Board’s expanded understanding of Section 325(d). There, the prior art relied on by the petitioner had been cited in an information disclosure statement (IDS), but not otherwise discussed as the basis for any rejection. The majority opinion denied institution under the Becton-Dickinson factors as not pointing to an error in the examiner’s prosecution and consideration of the IDS. The dissenting administrative patent judge (APJ) argued that, without any substantive consideration of the prior art, it should not be said that the office previously considered it.

Sony (and other defendants Epic Games, Take-Two Interactive Software, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts, and Blizzard, mostly in different district courts, though the lead case is in the Eastern District of Texas) is now launching headlong into trial against Infernal Technology, LLC, where claim construction has occurred and they are at the summary judgment stage. Electronic Arts has previously filed and settled two IPR proceedings. Just after the denial, Take-Two pulled the trigger on their own IPR, IPR2021-00056, on the 7,061,488 patent. The two patents at issue relate generally to rendering light and shadow in computer graphics.

Telemedicine Competitors Go to Socially Distanced War: Telemedicine companies American Well Corp. and Teladoc Health, Inc. are headed to court over remote robotic surgery patented technology. American Well acquired InTouch Technologies and a bevy of patents on surgical robotics, naming Dr. Yulun Wang, who, according to the complaint, is known as the “father of modern surgical robotics.” American Well sent a demand letter September 14 of this year on the now-accused patents, and pulled the trigger just over a month later on this suit, per the complaint. Five patents, 7761185, 10471588, 8670017, 10483007, 8179418, are pled.

                                     PTAB (30)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00038 Filed Nokia Corp LENOVO (UNITED STATES) INC. 7280599
IPR2021-00037 Filed Nokia Technologies OY Lenovo (United States) Inc. 7280599
IPR2021-00062 Filed Virtek Vision International ULC (Gerber Scientific) Assembly Guidance Systems, Inc., 10052734
IPR2021-00025 Filed NEXTracker Inc. [Flex, Ltd.] Northern States Metals Company 9806669
IPR2021-00043 Filed Nokia Corp Lenovo (United States) Inc. 8036273
IPR2021-00040 Filed Nokia Corp Lenovo (United States) Inc. 8036273
IPR2021-00061 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Aruba Networks, Inc.
8085775
IPR2021-00015 Filed Royal J. O’Brien Microsoft Corporation 8380808
IPR2021-00069 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47031
IPR2021-00071 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47713
IPR2020-01690 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC Texas Instruments Incorporated 6544907
IPR2021-00039 Filed Nokia Corp LENOVO (UNITED STATES) INC. 7280599
IPR2021-00056 Filed Infernal Technology, LLC, Terminal Reality, Inc. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. 7061488
IPR2021-00073 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47713
IPR2021-00075 Filed Advanced Cluster Systems Inc NVIDIA Corporation 8140612
IPR2021-00035 Filed Nokia Technologies OY Lenovo (United States) Inc. 6950469
IPR2021-00055 Filed Infernal Technology, LLC
Terminal Reality, Inc.
Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. 6362822
IPR2021-00058 Filed Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Tech. Corp.] Google LLC RE47704
PGR2021-00004 Filed BASF Plant Science Gmbh Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 10533183
IPR2021-00051 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. [Mobile Convergence Ltd. (MCC)] Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 7012919
IPR2021-00070 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47031
IPR2021-00068 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47031
IPR2021-00072 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47713
IPR2021-00065 Filed Microsurgical Technology Inc New World Medical, Inc. 10123905
IPR2021-00036 Filed Nokia Technologies OY Lenovo (United States) Inc. 6950469
IPR2021-00067 Filed Visroboro LLC Fantasia Trading LLC D/B/A AnkerDirect RE47031
IPR2021-00080 Filed Ideal Time Consultants Ltd SHENZHEN BUXIANG NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. 7353555
IPR2021-00050 Filed Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 9708020
IPR2021-00042 Filed Nokia Corp Lenovo (United States) Inc. 8036273
IPR2021-00041 Filed Nokia Corp Lenovo (United States) Inc. 8036273
IPR2020-00823 Not Instituted – Merits GM Global Technology Operations LLC [General otors] LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D837105
IPR2020-00774 Not Instituted – Merits Koninklijke Philips N.V. Fitbit, Inc. 9717464
IPR2020-00769 Not Instituted – Merits United Therapeutics Corporation Liquidia Technologies, Inc. 9593066
IPR2020-00711 Not Instituted – Procedural Infernal Technology, LLC
Terminal Reality, Inc.
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 7061488
IPR2020-00757 Not Instituted – Procedural Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 7012960
PGR2020-00043 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10328346
IPR2020-00710 Not Instituted – Procedural Infernal Technology, LLC
Terminal Reality, Inc.
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 6362822
PGR2020-00049 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10335689
IPR2020-00661 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 8191158
IPR2020-00735 Instituted iRobot Corporation SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
10045676
PGR2020-00054 Instituted GM Global Technology Operations LLC [General Motors] LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D864065
IPR2020-00756 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 9564952
PGR2020-00055 Instituted GM Global Technology Operations LLC [General Motors] LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D855508
IPR2020-00662 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 6640304
IPR2020-00825 Instituted CoolIT Systems, Inc. Asetek Danmark A/S 10274266
IPR2020-00821 Instituted GM Global Technology Operations LLC [General Motors] LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D813759
IPR2020-00770 Instituted United Therapeutics Corporation Liquidia Technologies, Inc. 9604901
IPR2020-00660 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 6785815
PGR2020-00057 Instituted Basf Plant Science Company GmbH Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 10351870
IPR2020-00755 Instituted Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Google LLC 6366908
IPR2020-00780 Instituted The Regents of the University of California Satco Products, Inc. 10217916
IPR2020-00327 Adverse Judgment GlaxoSmithKline LLC Epizyme, Inc., 9562041
IPR2019-00916 Final Written Decision Omni Medsci, Inc. Apple Inc. 9651533
IPR2019-00813 Final Written Decision IPA Technologies, Inc. [Quarterhill, f/k/a Wi-Lan] Microsoft Corporation 6851115
PGR2019-00045 Final Written Decision Southern Visions, LLP Red Diamond, Inc. 10071852
IPR2019-00975 Final Written Decision Cochlear Limited Oticon Medical AB
Oticon Medical LLC
William Demant Holding A/S
9838807
IPR2019-00734 Final Written Decision IPA Technologies, Inc. [Quarterhill, f/k/a Wi-Lan] Google LLC 7036128
IPR2019-00918 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple Inc. 8369298
IPR2019-00935 Final Written Decision David June, et al.
OneSubsea IP UK Limited
FMC Technologies, Inc. 9945202
IPR2019-00835 Final Written Decision IPA Technologies, Inc. [Quarterhill, f/k/a Wi-Lan] Microsoft Corporation 7069560
IPR2019-00995 Final Written Decision Frac Shack Inc. Alaska Fuel Distributors Inc.
AFD Petroleum (Texas) Inc.
AFD Petroleum Ltd.
10029906
IPR2019-00733 Final Written Decision IPA Technologies, Inc. [Quarterhill, f/k/a Wi-Lan] Google LLC 7036128
IPR2019-00812 Final Written Decision IPA Technologies, Inc. [Quarterhill, f/k/a Wi-Lan] Microsoft Corporation 6851115

                             District Court (61)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
6:20-cv-00943 Filed Akoloutheo, LLC Badger Meter, Inc. 7088239
1:20-cv-02333 Filed Spectrum Laboratories, LLC 513 Ventures, LLC 7192776
9128105
6:20-cv-00946 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners] Home Depot 6803606
7012277
7301176
6982522
7154125
7161190
7490959
2:20-cv-00333 Filed Ahern Rentals, Inc. Equipmentshare.com, Inc. 9193330
6:20-cv-00963 Filed RFID Technology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] ZOHO Corp. 9582689
2:20-cv-09498 Filed Shinmax Industry Co., Ltd. Wahuda LLC
1:20-cv-01393 Filed Warner-Lambert Co
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
CIPLA Ltd.
3:20-cv-14590 Filed CATALYST PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
SERB SA
JACOBUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
1:20-cv-06071 Filed Shenzhen Lianqi E-Commerce Co., Ltd. Wenjuan Huang D888316
6:20-cv-01754 Filed Mike`s Novelties Eyce, LLC D825101
D872357
D879372
D844227
3:20-cv-07114 Filed Trinity Info Media, LLC COFFEE MEETS BAGEL, INC. 9087321
1:20-cv-01377 Filed Teladoc Health, Inc. American Well Corp. 7761185
10471588
8670017
10483007
8179418
8849680
8780165
9602765
10059000
2:20-cv-14389 Filed Celgene Hetero Drugs
Hetero Labs Ltd Unit V
Hetero USA, Inc.
Hetero Labs, Ltd.
7977357
8193219
2:20-cv-02040 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Webconnex, LLC 10600101
6:20-cv-00949 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Walt Disney Company 6526411
7173177
6721489
8165867
6:20-cv-00952 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [d/b/a Brazos Licensing, WSOU Holdings, LLC] OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 8149776
2:20-cv-00335 Filed RFCyber Corp. Samsung Group
2:20-cv-00336 Filed RFCyber Corp. LG Corp.
4:20-cv-00804 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable IP] McDonald’s Corporation
McDonald`s USA, LLC
6:20-cv-00951 Filed SKULL SHAVER, LLC Magicfly, LLC
Wenzhou Wending Electric Appliance Co., Ltd.
Yiwu City Qiaoyu Trading Co., Ltd.
Rayenbarny, Inc.
Shenzhen Aiweilai Trading Co., Ltd.
et al.
8726528
D672504
6:20-cv-00953 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC [d/b/a Brazos Licensing, WSOU Holdings, LLC] OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 8767614
5:20-cv-00546 Filed LAUNDRY LOOPS, INC. KEVIN L. BUNN
SOCKDOCK, LLC
10501886
10113265
6:20-cv-00961 Filed RFID Technology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Touma, Inc. DBA ASAP SYSTEMS 9582689
6:20-cv-00966 Filed ACQIS, LLC AsusTek Computer, Inc. 8977797
RE45140
9529769
8756359
RE44654
RE44739
8626977
9529768
9703750
6:20-cv-00967 Filed ACQIS, LLC LCFC (HEFEI) Electronics Technology Co., Ltd.
Lenovo (Beijing) Information Technology Ltd.
Lenovo Centro Technologico S DE R.L. DE CV
Lenovo PC HK, Ltd.
Lenovo International Information Products (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
et al.
8977797
RE45140
9529769
8756359
RE44654
RE44739
8626977
9529768
9703750
4:20-cv-00800 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable Corp.] 7-Eleven, Inc.
3:20-cv-07273 Filed Cooperative Entertainment, Inc. Kollective Technology, Inc.
1:20-cv-01396 Filed Warner-Lambert Co
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
Cadila Healthcare
2:20-cv-14590 Filed CATALYST PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
SERB SA
JACOBUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
6:20-cv-00945 Filed Parkervision, Inc. TCL Industries Holdings Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen TCL New Technology Co., Ltd.
TCL King Electrical Appliances (Huizhou) Co. Ltd.
TCL Moka Manufacturing S.A. DE C.V.
TCL Electronics Holdings Ltd.
et al.
6266518
9118528
6049706
6580902
7110444
8588725
8660513
9246736
9444673
7292835
1:20-cv-06098 Filed
6:20-cv-00947 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Dish Network 6502194
6526411
7173177
6721489
7642443
8165867
3:20-cv-02010 Filed Roger P. Jackson, M.D. Nuvasive, Inc. 8353932
8696711
9788866
9808292
10335200
10561444
10722273
10441319
6:20-cv-00957 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC [d/b/a Brazos Licensing, WSOU Holdings, LLC] OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 8712708
3:20-cv-07201 Filed Yuntek International Xiamen Sunnypet Products Co., Ltd.
Xiamen JXD Electronic Commerce Co., Ltd.
6715446
6:20-cv-00962 Filed ACQIS, LLC [Acqis Technology Inc.] MITAC Holdings Corp.
MiTAC Computing Technology Corp.
8977797
RE45140
8756359
RE44654
RE44739
RE43602
RE42984
8626977
9529769
9529768
9703750
6:20-cv-00964 Filed Select Research, Ltd. Amazon.com Services, LLC
Amazon.com, Inc.
8374671
6:20-cv-00965 Filed ACQIS, LLC [Acqis Technology Inc.] Inventec Corp. 8756359
RE44654
RE44739
RE43602
RE42984
9529768
9703750
8977797
4:20-cv-00805 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable Corp.] Tractor Supply Company
1:20-cv-01392 Filed Warner-Lambert Co
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
Alembic
1:20-cv-01395 Filed Warner-Lambert Co
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
Mylan
6:20-cv-00944 Filed Liberty Patents, LLC Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell Technologies
6920573
7493612
8:20-cv-02964 Filed Global Interactive Media, Inc. Urban One, Inc. 8032907
6314577
1:20-mc-01041 Filed GREE, Inc. GREE, Inc.
Supercell Oy
1:20-cv-01212 Filed SawStop Holding, LLC Andrei Iancu 9927796
1:20-cv-01385 Filed Gustav Klauke, GmbH Huskie Tools, LLC 6769356
3:20-cv-02015 Filed RICMIC, LLC Salient Networks, Inc. 10380873
9305450
6:20-cv-00956 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC [d/b/a Brazos Licensing, WSOU Holdings, LLC] OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 7477876
6:20-cv-00958 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC [d/b/a Brazos Licensing, WSOU Holdings, LLC] OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 9231746
6:20-cv-00959 Filed CDN Innovations, LLC [IP Investments Group] TDS Broadband Service, LLC 7006844
7860462
7293291
7565699
6865532
7164714
6628344
6311180
1:20-cv-01386 Filed ICON Health & Fitness, Inc. [HF Holdings Inc.] Peloton Interactive, Inc. 7166062
10293211
1:20-cv-03104 Filed Location Based Services, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Pamela`s Products, Inc. 9702713
8:20-cv-02417 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Actsoft, Inc. 9261365
4:20-cv-00212 Filed THOMAS A PERSON CIGAR RESERVE, LLC
BRIAN KURLAND
COLLETT ENTERPRISES, INC.
CHANDA KURLAND
8507070
D664292
2:20-cv-04956 Filed Satco Products, Inc. The Regents of the University Of California 10593854
10644213
10658557
6:20-cv-00968 Filed ACQIS, LLC [Acqis Technology Inc.] Wiwynn Corp.
Wistron Corp.
8977797
7676624
8041873
RE44654
RE44468
RE46947
9529768
9703750
4:20-cv-00802 Filed Communication Interface Technologies, LLC [Equitable Corp.] Foot Locker, Inc.
1:20-cv-01397 Filed PerdiemCo, LLC. Calamp Corp.
2:20-cv-14580 Filed Warner-Lambert Co
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
Cadila Healthcare
3:20-cv-14580 Filed Warner-Lambert Co
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
Cadila Healthcare

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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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