Patent Filings Roundup: Battle-Tested Off-Roading Patent Asserted; Jack Henry Battered Again

By Jonathan Stroud
November 25, 2020

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/45517555-xl-2015.html?filter=all&qview=45517555It was another light week at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), with 19 petitions filed (all inter partes reviews [IPRs]), while 78 district court patent filings brought us up to the Thanksgiving holiday week. While I don’t normally report on terminations, it appears that RPX has settled with frequent filer, Castlemorton Wireless, and has passed that license on to a number of litigants; and last week alone more than a dozen IP Edge suits settled prior to the answer being filed, suggesting small-dollar settlements across their various entities.

High-Performance Terrain Response® Complaint: Call it a battle of luxury sports cars; Jaguar Land Rover Limited has sued Porsche, Lamborghini, Volkwagen, and Audi over infringement of a single patent related to its proprietary Terrain Response® technology, RE46,828. A reissue of U.S. 7,349,776, JLR accuses Porsche’s Cayenne models. The patent has a long and tortured history—Porsche’s sister company Bentley tried and failed to cancel the patent under 101 in district court, and later challenged the patents via IPR, naming Porsche as a real-party-in-interest. The Board declined institution of both.

The technology at bottom includes electronic control of the vehicle’s subsystems like steering, suspension, brakes, and engine in ways that help with various off-road terrain. Where this complaint is going, they don’t need roads. No word yet if flying Deloreans are potential prior art here.

My Man Jack Henry & Associates: You have to feel bad for certain suppliers in certain markets, where indemnification of commercial-facing products requires them to routinely step into the breach when suits are filed against their customers. In the financial services industry, Jack Henry & Associates is that supplier. They were forced to spend years fighting Raymond Anthony Joao and Joao Bock Transaction Systems LLC, eventually earning an eye-popping $1 million attorney’s fees award upheld on appeal (only to meet with a quick bankruptcy and, one would assume, no collection). They have been pulled into the wide-ranging but short-lived bank-targeting Lighthouse Consulting Group suit, about depositing electronic checks; they faced the infamous Datatreasury patents; they were brought into Cryptopeak Solutions, Plano Encryption, and other once-controlled Brad Liddle entities; and they’ve been dragged into the Mirror Imaging case, where all of the patents were eventually cancelled under 101. (Not to mention Enfish.) Now they’ve been dragged into the recent glut of IP Edge cases targeting commercial financial products, including now the three-patent Milestone IP LLC. It’s unclear what effect the sunset of CBM challenges will have on the shelf life of such campaigns, but in the meantime, it appears their role as defender/target/punching bag for the commercial-facing financial industry shows no sign of diminishing.

PTAB (19)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00231 Filed JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. [Interlude US, Inc.] Quibi Holdings, LLC 10418066
IPR2021-00195 Filed Masimo Corp Apple Inc. 10376190
IPR2021-00191 Filed Bell Semiconductor, LLC [Hilco Inc.] Microchip Technology, Inc.
Microsemi Corporation
7221173
IPR2021-00196 Filed Proven Networks LLC [RAK Investments III, LLC, Russ, August, & Kabat) VMware, Inc.
Dell Technologies Inc.
7450507
IPR2021-00219 Filed Sito Mobile R&D IP, LLC
Sito Mobile, Ltd
Hulu, LLC 9135635
IPR2021-00203 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. [Sable IP, LLC, unknown third party] Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Dell Technologies Inc.
Juniper Networks, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Aruba Networks, Inc.
6977932
IPR2021-00201 Filed Thaddeus Gabara Facebook, Inc. 8836698
IPR2021-00208 Filed Masimo Corp Apple Inc. 10258266
IPR2021-00209 Filed Masimo Corp Apple Inc. 10376191
IPR2021-00206 Filed Sito Mobile R&D IP, LLC
Sito Mobile, Ltd
Hulu, LLC 9135636
IPR2021-00063 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. [Sable IP, LLC, unknown third party] Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
Dell Technologies Inc.
Juniper Networks, Inc.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
Aruba Networks, Inc.
6977932
IPR2021-00193 Filed Masimo Corp Apple Inc. 10299708
IPR2021-00200 Filed Thaddeus Gabara Facebook, Inc. 8620545
IPR2021-00102 Filed Interdigital VC Holdings, Inc. [Interdigital, Inc.] Unified Patents, LLC 8363724
IPR2021-00211 Filed Malvern Panalytical Inc. TA Instruments-Waters Technologies Corporation 10036715
IPR2021-00210 Filed Malvern Panalytical Inc. TA Instruments-Waters Technologies Corporation 9404876
IPR2021-00213 Filed Malvern Panalytical Inc. TA Instruments-Waters Technologies Corporation 10254239
IPR2021-00212 Filed Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. [poss. Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, Government of the United States of America] Dropworks, Inc., 9127310
IPR2021-00218 Filed Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC [Government of the United States of America, poss. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.] Dropworks, Inc., RE41780
PGR2020-00064 Not Instituted – Merits Exela Pharma Sciences, LLC [Exela Holdings Inc.] Eton Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10478453
CBM2020-00014 Not Instituted – Merits Savvy Dog Systems LLC Banilla Games, Inc. 7736223
IPR2020-00963 Not Instituted – Merits BOT M8, LLC [Poss. Universal Entertainment, Acceleration Bay] Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
7338363
IPR2020-00946 Not Instituted – Procedural Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8131497
IPR2020-00921 Not Instituted – Procedural RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. [British American Tobacco, Inc.] Philip Morris Products S.A. 9814268
IPR2020-00968 Not Instituted – Procedural Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8423322
IPR2020-00947 Not Instituted – Procedural Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8131497
IPR2020-00919 Not Instituted – Procedural RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. [British American Tobacco, Inc.] Philip Morris Products S.A. 9901123
IPR2020-00783 Instituted Philips North America LLC [Koninklijke Philips N.V.] Fitbit, Inc.
Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin USA, Inc.
Garmin Ltd.
7088233
IPR2020-00937 Instituted Truinject Corp. SHDS, Inc
Galderma Laboratories LP
10290232
IPR2020-00910 Instituted Philips North America LLC [Koninklijke Philips N.V.] Garmin International, Inc.
Garmin USA, Inc.
Garmin Ltd.
7088233
IPR2020-00908 Instituted Document Security Systems, Inc. [Fortress IP, Softbank] Nichia Corporation 6879040
IPR2020-00938 Instituted Document Security Systems, Inc. [Fortress IP, Softbank] Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. 7315119
IPR2020-00994 Instituted Paice LLC & The Abell Foundation, Inc. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
BMW of North America, LLC
7104347
IPR2020-01013 Instituted IP Reservoir, LLC
Exegy, Inc
Activ Financial Systems, Inc. 9047243
IPR2020-00920 Instituted RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. [British American Tobacco, Inc.] Philip Morris Products S.A. 8314591
IPR2020-00935 Instituted Truinject Corp. SHDS, Inc
Galderma Laboratories LP
10290231
IPR2020-00930 Instituted Sendsig, LLC [IP Investments Group] Square, Inc. 6564249
IPR2019-01101 Final Written Decision Carucel Investments, L.P. [Curiam Capital] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 7221904
IPR2019-01105 Final Written Decision Carucel Investments, L.P. [Curiam Capital] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 8718543
IPR2017-00440 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc. Cook Medical, Inc.
Cook group Inc.
Cook Medical LLC
9271731
IPR2019-01110 Final Written Decision Frederick E. Shelton IV, et al.
Ethicon, Inc.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 8602288
IPR2019-01002 Final Written Decision Citrix Systems, Inc Workspot, Inc 8135843
IPR2019-01094 Final Written Decision DMF, Inc. AMP Plus, Inc. dba Elco Lighting
AMP Plus, Inc.
Elco Lighting
9964266
IPR2017-00134 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc. Cook Medical, Inc.
Cook Group Inc.
Cook Medical LLC
8709027
PGR2019-00048 Final Written Decision Corcept Therapeutics, Inc Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.
10195214
IPR2019-00856 Final Written Decision SRR Patent Holdings, LLC
Leigh M. Rothschild
Askeladden LLC 8799088
IPR2019-00855 Final Written Decision SRR Patent Holdings, LLC
Leigh M. Rothschild
Askeladden LLC 8799088
IPR2019-01573 Final Written Decision Carucel Investments, L.P. [Curiam Capital] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 7221904
IPR2019-01129 Final Written Decision Australian Mud Company. Ltd. Boart Longyear Ltd.
Globaltech Corporation Pty Ltd.
7584055

District Court (78)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:20-cv-01537 Filed Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC dba ON Semiconductor IGO, Inc. 7904738
7977823
1:20-cv-09610 Filed E&E Co., Ltd. London Luxury 10820376
6:20-cv-01056 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners] Signify North America Corporation
Signify Holding B.V.
Signify N.V.
7154125
7161190
7490959
6803606
7012277
7301176
6982522
3:20-cv-08082 Filed Commstech LLC [Ni, Wang, & Massand PLLC] Dialogic (US) Inc. 6349028
7769028
7990860
6:20-cv-01057 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] E-MDs, Inc. 8156158
6:20-cv-01063 Filed Context Directions, LLC Samsung Group 9807791
1:20-cv-01726 Filed Hydra-Flex Inc Cleaning Systems LLC 8887743
1:20-cv-01544 Filed Bard Peripheral Vascular
CR Bard, Inc.
AngioDynamics, Inc. 7947022
7959615
7785302
8:20-cv-02208 Filed QC Manufacturing, Inc. Does
Brighter Concepts, Inc. dba Solatube Home Daylight
Solatube International, Inc.
10753627
5:20-cv-08103 Filed Masterobjects Amazon.com, Inc. 9760628
10311073
10394866
8539024
1:20-cv-01554 Filed Jaguar Land Rover Ltd Porsche Cars North America, Incorporated
Dr. ING. H.C.F. Porsche AG
RE46828
0:20-cv-02358 Filed Westfield Outdoor Simple Sourcing LLC 9211897
9073564
6:20-cv-01068 Filed Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. Milestone IP LLC [IP Edge] 6473523
7114124
6236994
5:20-cv-08205 Filed Samsung Semiconductor, Inc
Samsung Group
Trenchant Blade Technologies, LLC
Longhorn IP LLC
6720619
7056821
7494846
1:20-cv-01560 Filed Streamline Automation, LLC Icon Health and Fitness, Inc. 9144709
9272186
9586091
1:20-cv-00498 Filed Halcyon Brand Services, Inc
Performance Solutions, LLC
321 Holdings
Ron Johnson Engineering, Inc.
Ronald B. Johnson
9656112
9668933
8002682
9345921
7918774
9539167
4:20-cv-03964 Filed US Synthetic Corp. FIDC Beijing Fortune International Diamond 10508502
10507565
4:20-cv-03970 Filed US Synthetic Corp. Henan Jingrui New Materials Technology Co., Ltd. 10508502
10507565
9932274
9315881
1:20-cv-01534 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Nanonets Inc. 6904168
1:20-cv-04662 Filed ATLeisure Sunvilla Corporation 8104492
4:20-cv-00886 Filed SB IP Holdings LLC Vivint Smart Home, Inc. 9432638
9635323
9648290
10674120
9414030
9485478
9516284
4:20-cv-00887 Filed Akoloutheo, LLC ScienceSoft USA Corporation 7426730
3:20-cv-08096 Filed OptraHealth, Inc. BotsCrew, Inc. 10754882
1:20-cv-24742 Filed MINDBASEHQ LLC Alphabet, Inc. 6510433
6665680
2:20-cv-00365 Filed Biometric Associates, LP Ulta Beauty, Inc. 7480637
1:20-cv-01553 Filed Jaguar Land Rover Ltd Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Automobili Lamborghini America, LLC
Audi AG
RE46828
2:20-cv-02226 Filed EquiStem Technology LLC dba Equus Innovations Hilltop Biosciences Incorporated 9814746
9132156
10517903
1:20-cv-01150 Filed CONCRETE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, LLC Bradley Bond
BOND FORMWORK SYSTEMS, LLC
10024069
1:20-cv-01558 Filed Salient Systems Corporation Hawk Technology Systems, LLC
Mark Shulman
1:20-cv-01567 Filed Loren Maggiore
Skell, Inc. dba Bug-A-Salt
Dillard’s, Inc.
William E. Connor & Associates Ltd.
8251051
D676923
1:20-cv-09817 Filed USAData, Inc. DataWidget, LLC
Eprintwerx International LLC, d/b/a LeadsPlease.com
10102557
4:20-cv-03968 Filed US Synthetic Corp. Iljin Diamond Co., Ltd.
Iljin Holdings Co., Ltd.
Iljin USA Inc.
Iljin China Co., Ltd.
Iljin Europe GmbH
et al.
10508502
10507565
3:20-cv-01059 Filed Metal Pless Inc Kage Innovation LLC
Kage Innovation Corporation
9611604
2:20-cv-05565 Filed Elkay Manufacturing Co. Kraus USA Inc. 10151085
1:20-cv-06821 Filed OsteoMed LLC Stryker Corporation 8529608
9351776
9763716
10245085
1:20-cv-01543 Filed Bard Peripheral Vascular
CR Bard, Inc.
Smiths Group 7947022
7785302
1:20-cv-01111 Filed Darrell K. Thompson Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc.
Stryker Corporation
Jolife AB
Physio-Control International
et al.
6988499
1:20-cv-01552 Filed Jaguar Land Rover Ltd Audi of America, LLC
Audi AG
RE46828
2:20-cv-00811 Filed Purple Innovation Advanced Comfort Technologies dba Intellibed 7666341
7964664
1:20-cv-06905 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] CBC Group, LLC 6711204
1:20-cv-01566 Filed Aristors Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Genasys, Inc. 8013734
1:20-cv-24807 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] Carecloud Corp. 8156158
4:20-cv-03962 Filed US Synthetic Corp. CR Gems 10508502
10507565
4:20-cv-03973 Filed US Synthetic Corp. International Diamond Services, Inc.
Zhengzhou New Asia Superhard Materials Composite Co., Ltd.
10508502
10507565
8616306
4:20-cv-03975 Filed US Synthetic Corp. Fujian Wanlong Superhard Material Technology Co., Ltd. 10508502
9932274
9315881
2:20-cv-00827 Filed Longhorn Vaccines & Diagnostics Spectrum Solutions 8084443
8293467
8415330
8669240
9212399
9683256
2:20-cv-05708 Filed Eko Brands, LLC Jacent Strategic Merchandising, LLC fka LAMI PRODUCTS, LLC 10154751
8707855
2:20-cv-05710 Filed Streamlight, Inc. Tractor Supply Company 10670251
1:20-cv-09654 Filed Global Edge Design Inc. Matthew Justin Michel
1:20-cv-09657 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Aircall.io, Inc.
1:20-cv-09686 Filed T.C.M. International Trade Ltd. Yuval Ravid
Itamar Eshet
Craftology Ltd. dba Mixology & Craft
D857430
2:20-cv-02204 Filed Novariant Incorporated
AgJunction, LLC
Ag Leader Technology Incorporated 7256388
7648004
8:20-cv-03338 Filed rothchild broadcast distribution systems llc curiositystream, Inc. 8856221
6:20-cv-01061 Filed Coldiron Specialized Company Norton Transportation, Inc.
6:20-cv-01064 Filed Context Directions, LLC LG Corp. 9807564
2:20-cv-16564 Filed Jaguar Land Rover Ltd Volkswagen RE46828
9:20-cv-82126 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] FamHis, Inc. 8156158
8381309
1:20-cv-01149 Filed BOND FORMWORK SYSTEMS, LLC
CONCRETE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, LLC
3:20-cv-00797 Filed Halcyon Brand Services, Inc
Performance Solutions, LLC
321 Holdings
Sea Ties LLC 9668933
8002682
9345921
7918774
9539167
9656112
4:20-cv-03963 Filed US Synthetic Corp. Synergy Materials Technology Ltd.
Element Six GmbH
Element Six Global Innovation Centre
Element Six Hard Materials (Wuxi) Co., Ltd.
ServSix US
et al.
10508502
10507565
4:20-cv-03971 Filed US Synthetic Corp. Zhuhai Juxin Technology 10508502
8616306
4:20-cv-03974 Filed US Synthetic Corp. SF Diamond USA, Inc.
SF Diamond Co. Ltd.
10508502
10507565
8616306
6:20-cv-01073 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Subway Subs, Inc.
Postmates, Inc.
Subway Sandwich Shops Inc.
Franchise World Headquarters, LLC d/b/a Subway Restaurants d/b/a Subway
Doctor’s Associates, Inc.
7490086
9760864
6662194
10096000
3:20-cv-00637 Filed Selex ES, Inc. NDI TECHNOLOGIES, INC. D/B/A NDA RECOGNITION SYSTEMS 7504965
6:20-cv-01062 Filed Coldiron Specialized Company Norton Transport, Inc. 7980809
7547179
8202036
1:20-cv-01547 Filed Sanofi
SANOFI MATURE IP
Hong Kong King-Friend Industrial Company Ltd. 10583110
10716777
2:20-cv-16456 Filed Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. FCB I, LLC 7608605
7608608
8178518
7320968
7608609
7608610
7935690
8063029
7608607
7608606
2:20-cv-03135 Filed Wilco Marsh Buggies and Draglines Inc Weeks Marine 6918801
2:20-cv-05815 Filed Dental Imaging Technologies Corporation J. MORITA MFG. CORP. 6118842
6289074
7347622
7486759
8300762
6:20-cv-01066 Filed Aeritas, LLC [poss. RBC Global Asset Management] Burger king Corp. 9390435
10362160
9888107
8055285
7706819
1:20-cv-01417 Filed Jagadeshwar Reddy Nomula Andrei Iancu
2:20-cv-10641 Filed Emart International, Inc. Shenzen Maitewei Investment and Development Co., Ltd. D881980
1:20-cv-01565 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Barco 6711204
3:20-cv-03466 Filed Remote Concepts, LLC Vonage Holdings Corp. 7016942
4:20-cv-03966 Filed US Synthetic Corp. Shenzhen Haimingrun Superhard Materials Co., Ltd. 10508502
10507565
8616306
6:20-cv-01070 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Black Box Corp. 6711204
6:20-cv-01071 Filed Panther Innovations, LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Microsoft 7840652
8069231
6:20-cv-01074 Filed Paitrix Co. Ltd. WIPS Co., Ltd. 8922804

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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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  1. Josh Malone November 30, 2020 12:08 pm

    The Jack Henry case raises an interesting issue. Big corporations require their suppliers like Jack Henry Associates to provide indemnification. Yet these same corporation refuse to indemnify their own customers. For instance, Austin Meyer of X-plane fame was forced to defend himself for using the Android app store. Why didn’t Google defend him? Likewise, why didn’t Xerox defend their customers in the MPHJ scan-to-email patent assertions? Corporations are gaming the system by passing on their liabilities to small businesses. It is sad to see these small business owners tricked into pushing the agenda of their corporate abusers.

  2. Jonathan Stroud November 30, 2020 4:14 pm

    You’ve got it backward—patent law is a strict liability offense that applies equally to those who make, to those who sell, and to those who use, regardless of whose product it is. See 35 USC 271 (“whoever without authority makes, uses, offers to sell, or sells any patented invention … infringes the patent.”). If I use or sell a Bunch-O-Balloons product I’m as liable as the manufacturer is, it’s just much smaller in terms of how much anyone can recover. If parties decide to contract to protect each other that’s up to them. But if they do so it’s assuming a liability, not passing one on.

  3. Josh Malone November 30, 2020 9:16 pm

    That’s what indemnification is for. Google, Microsoft, Xerox, etc require their suppliers to defend them against claims of infringement. But they refuse to defend their own customers.

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