Patent Filings Roundup: Quiet Week for the Courts, Qualcomm Takes Semiconductor Suits to the PTAB

By Jonathan Stroud
November 12, 2020

patent filingsDistrict court patent filings dropped to 38 new complaints this week, with 28 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions – one post grant review (PGR) and 27 inter partes reviews (IPRs) – filed. It was a subdued week for WSOU and the usual big filers, with the IPRs propped up by a big funded semiconductor fight with an International Trade Commission (ITC) component.  Dominion Harbor’s Vista Peak Ventures filed against a number of overseas companies, and frequent filer Blue Spike came back with a vengeance, but on the whole, a quieter post-election week all around.

The PTAB’s Semiconductor Kinda Life: In response to the November ITC and district court suits against Qualcomm last year on semiconductor technology and the subsequent suits against Nanya Technology Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Qualcomm and Nanya have punched back at the PTAB just under the wire, finishing out their filings with another five IPRs. See IPR2021-00167 (U.S. Patent 6,651,134), IPR2021-00172 (U.S. Patent 6,902,993), IPR2021-00171 (U.S. Patent 6,680,516), IPR2021-00130 (U.S. Patent 6,459,625), IPR2021-00170 (U.S. Patent 7,158,429). In addition to the three IPRs Qualcomm filed earlier, which we previously discussed, that brings us to at least eight total, all filed near the end of the one-year bar. The case was filed in Delaware before Judge Colm Connoly. AMD has reexamined and IPRed some of the portfolio as well. Per recent

PTAB (28)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00148 Filed Bell Semiconductor, LLC [Hilco Inc.] Microchip Technology, Inc.
Microsemi Corporation
8049340
IPR2021-00162 Filed BlackBerry Limited MobileIron, Inc. 8442489
IPR2021-00157 Filed BlackBerry Limited MobileIron, Inc. 9270682
IPR2021-00167 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp., IP Value Management Inc.] Nanya Technology Corporation
Nanya Technology Corporation U.S.A.
Nanya Technology Corporation Delaware
6651134
IPR2021-00172 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp., IP Value Management Inc.] Nanya Technology Corporation
Nanya Technology Corporation U.S.A.
Nanya Technology Corporation Delaware
6902993
PGR2021-00009 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10549187
IPR2021-00176 Filed DigiMedia Tech, LLC [IP Investments Group] Unified Patents, LLC 7715476
IPR2021-00164 Filed Singular Computing LLC Google LLC [Alphabet] 9218156
IPR2021-00144 Filed Aequitas Technologies LLC Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 8095879
IPR2021-00171 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp., IP Value Management Inc.] Nanya Technology Corporation
Nanya Technology Corporation U.S.A.
Nanya Technology Corporation Delaware
6680516
IPR2021-00130 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp., IP Value Management Inc.] Qualcomm Incorporated 6459625
IPR2021-00165 Filed Singular Computing LLC Google LLC [Alphabet] 9218156
IPR2021-00161 Filed Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 10053167
IPR2021-00173 Filed AGC, Inc. Guardian Glass, LLC 8075983
IPR2021-00136 Filed Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 9908571
IPR2021-00145 Filed Aequitas Technologies LLC Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 8812993
IPR2021-00147 Filed Bell Semiconductor, LLC [Hilco Inc.] Microchip Technology, Inc.
Microsemi Corporation
8288269
IPR2021-00163 Filed Nokia Technologies OY Google LLC [Alphabet] 8583706
IPR2021-00095 Filed The Solaria Corporation Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar USA Inc.
10522707
IPR2021-00170 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp., IP Value Management Inc.] Nanya Technology Corporation
Nanya Technology Corporation U.S.A.
Nanya Technology Corporation Delaware
7158429
IPR2021-00126 Filed Blackberry Limited MobileIron, Inc. 9282099
IPR2021-00178 Filed Singular Computing LLC Google LLC 8407273
IPR2021-00166 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc.
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Aruba Networks, Inc.
8817790
IPR2021-00078 Filed Teleputers LLC Oracle Corporation 7174014
IPR2021-00179 Filed Singular Computing LLC Google LLC 8407273
IPR2020-01534 Filed Aker BioMarine Antarctic AS Rimfrost AS 10010567
IPR2021-00135 Filed Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 9908571
IPR2021-00146 Filed Olati LLC Haas Automation, Inc. 8136432
IPR2020-00916 Not Instituted – Merits Carl-Zeiss Meditec
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
9044164
IPR2020-00911 Not Instituted – Merits Carl-Zeiss Meditec
Carl Zeiss AG
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
9044164
IPR2020-00917 Not Instituted – Merits Carl-Zeiss Meditec
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG
Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
9044164
IPR2020-00885 Not Instituted – Merits Chevron HK Limited
Chervon HK Limited
One World Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
9648805
IPR2020-00828 Not Instituted – Procedural Philips North America LLC Fitbit, Inc. 8277377
IPR2020-00883 Not Instituted – Procedural Chevron HK Limited
Chervon HK Limited
One World Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
One World Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
9060463
IPR2020-00884 Instituted Chervon HK Limited One World Technologies, Inc. d/b/a Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
One World Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
9596806
IPR2020-00915 Instituted Jodi A. Schwendimann Neenah, Inc. 7766475
IPR2020-00860 Instituted Corephotonics Ltd. [Samsung] Apple Inc. 10326942
IPR2020-00892 Instituted Wildcat Licensing WI, LLC Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly LLC
General Motors LLC
Faurecia Automotive Seating LLC
Magna International Inc.
RE47232
IPR2020-00887 Instituted Chervon HK Limited One World Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
9986686
IPR2020-00891 Instituted Wildcat Licensing WI, LLC Atlas Copco Tools and Assembly LLC
General Motors LLC
Faurencia Automative Seating LLC
Magna International Inc.
Faurecia Automotive Seating LLC
RE47220
IPR2020-00877 Instituted Corephotonics Ltd. Apple Inc. 10288840
IPR2020-00888 Instituted Chevron HK Limited
Chervon HK Limited
One World Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
10070588
IPR2020-00886 Instituted Chevron HK Limited
Chervon HK Limited
One World Technologies, Inc.
Techtronic Industries Power Equipment
9826686
IPR2020-00859 Instituted Intellectual Ventures I LLC
Intellectual Ventures II LLC
VMware, Inc. RE44818
IPR2020-00923 Instituted Innovative Pressure Testing, LLC Offshore Technical Compliance, LLC 9207143
IPR2020-00878 Instituted Corephotonics Ltd. [Samsung] Apple Inc. 10330897
IPR2020-00487 Instituted Corephotonics Ltd. [Samsung] Apple Inc. 9661233
CBM2020-00010 Adverse Judgment Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC Fidelity Information Services, LLC 8590940
IPR2017-00378 Final Written Decision Wyeth LLC [Pfizer] Merck Sharp & Dohme 8562999
IPR2019-00964 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Cisco Systems, Inc. 6285892
IPR2019-00814 Final Written Decision IPA Technologies, Inc. [Quarterhill, f/k/a Wi-Lan] Microsoft Corporation 6851115
IPR2017-00380 Final Written Decision Wyeth LLC Merck Sharp & Dohme 8562999
IPR2019-01103 Final Written Decision Carucel Investments, L.P. [Curiam Capital] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 7979023
IPR2019-01102 Final Written Decision Carucel Investments, L.P. [Curiam Capital] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 7848701
IPR2019-01079 Final Written Decision Carucel Investments, L.P. [Curiam Capital] Unified Patents, LLC 7979023
IPR2019-00992 Final Written Decision NetFuel, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 9663659
IPR2019-00826 Final Written Decision MPH Technologies Oy Apple Inc. 9838362
IPR2019-00994 Final Written Decision RTC Industries, Inc. Fasteners For Retail, Inc 9895007
IPR2019-00823 Final Written Decision MPH Technologies Oy Apple Inc. 9712494
IPR2019-00824 Final Written Decision MPH Technologies Oy Apple Inc. 9712502

District Court (38)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:20-cv-06510 Filed Forming Concepts, Inc. EFCO Corporation 9611663
8020271
1:20-cv-01492 Filed 3Shape A/S
3Shape Trios A/S
3Shape, Inc
Align Technology, Inc. 10750152
10791934
10791936
10709527
10728519
10750151
9101433
1:20-cv-01326 Filed Daedalus Blue, LLC [IBM, Ed Gomez entities] Microstrategy, Inc. 8341172
9032076
3:20-cv-02166 Filed Wrethink, Inc. Seeminex.com, Inc.
Seeminex Co. Ltd.
John Doe
10778856
2:20-cv-10207 Filed Pilot, Inc. Battery-Biz, Inc. 10046653
10328806
2:20-cv-00352 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises] HKC Overseas Limited
Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
HKC Corporation Limited
7499119
5929947
6579749
6674093
6891196
7088401
2:20-cv-00354 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises] HKC Overseas Limited
Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
HKC Corporation Limited
7046327
6549259
6812528
6594143
7593070
6870593
7006065
6657619
1:20-cv-01498 Filed RealTime Data, LLC dba IXO [Juridica Investment Limited, Brickell Key Investments LP] Egnyte 9667751
8717203
9054728
9116908
1:20-cv-01331 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Craig Etchegoyen] F5 Networks 7953884
8:20-cv-02116 Filed Open Text Corp. Hyland Software, Inc. 8724907
7370059
7627726
8712980
1:20-cv-06495 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D659180
8:20-cv-02123 Filed OPEN TEXT SA ULC
Open Text, Inc.
Hyland Software, Inc. 7062515
7590665
8645318
8117152
2:20-cv-01618 Filed Cutting Edge Vision, LLC HTC Corp. 10257401
9936116
10063761
7697827
2:20-cv-01692 Filed BC MEDIA, INC. ANUJ CHAWLA
ACTIVE PHOTO SERVICES PVT.LTD. dba PROAIM
D588621
D722637
2:20-cv-00551 Filed Daedalus Blue, LLC [IBM, Ed Gomez entities] Microstrategy, Inc. 8341172
9032076
2:20-cv-00353 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises] HKC Overseas Limited
Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
HKC Corporation Limited
6657699
7009673
6078375
6646691
6513943
6404474
1:20-cv-01497 Filed RealTime Data, LLC dba IXO [Juridica Investment Limited, Brickell Key Investments LP] Buurst, Inc. fka SoftNAS, Inc. 9116908
7415530
9667751
9054728
6:20-cv-01031 Filed K.Mizra LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 8965892
8234705
3:20-cv-02145 Filed Netafim Irrigation, Inc
Netafim Ltd
Rivulis Irrigation, Ltd.
Rivulis Irrigation, Inc.
RE47697
2:20-cv-00349 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] NetScout Systems 6954790
7260846
2:20-cv-00350 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Mitel Software Technologies Ltd. 6954790
7260846
2:20-cv-00351 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Samsung Group 8725924
1:20-cv-01496 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc. Ajanta Pharma 7326708
1:20-cv-06600 Filed Wistaria Trading LTD
Blue Spike, LLC
Blue Spike International Ltd
Mediacom Communications Corp.
Mediacom Broadband
RE44307
8538011
7475246
8739295
9021602
9104842
7159116
7287275
8224705
8473746
RE44222
1:20-cv-06604 Filed Wistaria Trading LTD
Blue Spike, LLC
Blue Spike International Ltd
WideOpenWest, Inc.
WideOpen West Finance, LLC
WideOpenWest Networks, Inc.
RE44307
8538011
7475246
8739295
9021602
9104842
7159116
7287275
8224705
8473746
RE44222
3:20-cv-00856 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.] F5 Networks 7953884
1:20-cv-06506 Filed Deckers Outdoor Corp. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D866941
5:20-cv-00168 Filed Sipco [Glocom, Inc.] Commscope, Inc.
ARRIS Enterprises, Inc.
CommScope Holding Company, Inc.
Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
ARRIS US Holdings, Inc.
et al.
7480501
8606284
8606284
6891838
7697492
8924587
5:20-cv-07760 Filed SynKloud Technologies, LLC [Ideahub, Inc.] Adobe Inc. 8606880
8856195
8868690
9239686
9219780
10015254
1:20-cv-01483 Filed Arendi S.A.R.L. [Arendi Holding Ltd.] LG Corp. 7917843
2:20-cv-02050 Filed DTiQ Technologies, Inc. Hawk Technology Systems, LLC 10499091
2:20-cv-10096 Filed VenKee Communications, LLC [IP Valuation Partners, LLC] TP-Link USA Corp.
TP-Link Technologies Co.
7916684
4:20-cv-07802 Filed Purotecs, Inc. Ozone Solutions, Inc. 10046077
10646606
3:20-cv-01668 Filed PACTIV EVERGREEN INC. Inline Plastics Corp. 7118003
9630756
2:20-cv-01621 Filed New World Medical, Inc.
THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO
MicroSurgical Technology, Inc. 10786391
2:20-cv-00348 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Trend Micro, Inc. 6954790
7260846
3:20-cv-02167 Filed Ameranth, Inc. Ameranth, Inc.
ChowNow, Inc.
1:20-cv-06605 Filed Wistaria Trading LTD
Blue Spike, LLC
Blue Spike International Ltd
RCN Telecom Services, LLC 8538011
7475246
8739295
9021602
9104842
RE44307
7159116
7287275
8224705
8473746
RE44222

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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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