Patent Filings Roundup: Gilstrap Cancels Trials Until March, Board Denies Under Fintiv Anyway; IP Edge Sues Another 35; Xerox Goes on the Attack

By Jonathan Stroud
December 3, 2020

Patent LawNew petitions stayed steady again this week at 29, while district court patent filings were one shy of 100, on the strength of at least 35 new complaints by various IP Edge subsidiaries. A number of known-financed entities launched suits or added defendants; Xerox launched a rather serious suit against three social media giants; and the Board denied some petitions based on trial dates and also on there being a significant relationship between suppliers and customers (in the Mitek cases).

The trial date that wasn’t: A number of Samsung/Google petitions filed within the one-year deadline against NPE AGIS Software Development, LLC were denied last week based on an April trial date before Judge Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas—just days before Judge Gilstrap suspended all jury trials through March 2021. Presumably, the jury trials scheduled for the next four months would be “ahead” of that aspirational trial date in April; and presumably all jury trials will be substantially delayed given the pause of all jury trials and the attendant delay. It’s worth noting that a substantial number of first-filed petitions have been denied this year based largely on Eastern District of Texas scheduled trial dates; and it’s worth further noting that those denials now appear to have had no basis, given those trial dates never materialized. Here, while the parties argued over the uncertainty surrounding COVID and that trial dates in general suggested a Fintiv denial would be inapposite, the Board discounted those concerns, focusing only on the trial date and the “good cause” standard for changing it. While it is still possible the parties request rehearing here, many of the earlier denials under Fintiv now appear to have been premised on trial dates that will never materialize.

As backstory here, AGIS previously (circa 2014) pursued and lost or settled claims against Life360 and then later after that suit failed, ZTE, as well as Apple, HTC, Huawei, and LG Electronics (LGE). Some of those claims were dismissed just after transfer of the claims out of the Eastern District; either way, the denials show the iffy nature of relying on projected scheduled trial dates in making policy-based denial decisions.

Palo Alto Research Center and Xerox Launch Suits: Xerox, in what appears to be the first time they’ve brought a patent suit in over a decade, has sued Snap, Facebook, and Twitter on eight overlapping patents related to social media platforms, combatting fraud, and policing comments, through subsidiary Palo Alto Research Center. Represented by McKool Smith, the complaint lays out PARC’s and Xerox’s substantial and long pedigree in the space, noting that PARC contributed to the first personal computer, artificial intelligence, and other foundational innovations. 

They keep going and going: IP Edge rolls on. Just last week alone, they filed 35 known new complaints through known subsidiaries Fusion IP LLC, Coretek Licensing LLC, Kaleasy Tech LLC, Tunnel IP LLC, Nitetek Licensing LLC, Milestone IP, LLC, Sonohm Licensing LLC, Realm Licensing LLC, Altair Logix LLC, Swirlate LLC, Digi Portal LLC, Celebration IP LLC, and Harmony Licensing LLC. They sued a whole range of U.S. companies small and large, including, among others, Unify, Inc., Bumble Trading, Inc., Lifesize, Inc., Jefferson Bank, Fuze Inc., Monday.com Inc., Endress+Hauser, Inc., Eagle Eye Networks, Zions Bancorporation, Plantronics Co., TeamViewer US, Inc., The Conference Group, FreeConferenceCall.com, Party City, and Guaranty Bank & Trust, N.A. It’s worth noting that none of these cases has made it anywhere near trial; virtually all IP Edge cases settle well before any real motions practice. The rise in cases filed against banks post-CBM expiry alone is notable.

                                      PTAB (29)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00141 Filed Pixmarx IP LLC [Endpoint IP] Snap, Inc. 9792662
IPR2021-00204 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC [Concert Technology Corp.] Google LLC 8874554
IPR2021-00259 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. Juniper Networks, Inc. 8817790
IPR2021-00142 Filed Pixmarx IP LLC [Endpoint IP] Snap, Inc. 10102601
IPR2021-00235 Filed Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 10196101
IPR2021-00124 Filed Xrs Corp [Omnitracs Holdings, LLC] Platform Science Inc. 7043365
IPR2021-00205 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC [Concert Technology, LLC] Google LLC 8874554
IPR2021-00238 Filed Oyster Optics LLC [Techquity, L.P., Techquity Capital Management, TQ Gamma LLC, poss. Fortress IP] Cisco Systems, Inc. 10205516
IPR2021-00221 Filed Pinn Inc. [Randolph Square IP] Apple Inc. 10455066
IPR2021-00187 Filed Omnitracs LLC [Omnitracs Holdings LLC, XRS Corp.] Platform Science, Inc. 9147335
IPR2021-00260 Filed Doggyphone LLC Tomofun, LLC 9723813
IPR2021-00215 Filed Cambria Company LLC Cosentino S.A.U
C&C North America Inc.
9289923
PGR2021-00010 Filed Cambria Company LLC Cosentino S.A.U
C&C North America Inc.
10773418
IPR2021-00251 Filed HandyLab, Inc NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. 10625261
IPR2021-00143 Filed Pixmarx IP LLC [Endpoint IP] Snap, Inc. 10489873
PGR2021-00012 Filed Wangs Alliance Corporation D/B/A Wac Lighting Co. Cast Lightning, LLC 10571101
IPR2021-00250 Filed HandyLab, Inc NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. 10625262
IPR2021-00232 Filed Pixmarx IP LLC [Endpoint IP] Snap Inc. 10102601
IPR2021-00233 Filed Pixmarx IP LLC [Endpoint IP] Snap, Inc. 10489873
IPR2021-00234 Filed Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 10196101
IPR2021-00140 Filed Pixmarx IP LLC [Endpoint IP] Snap, Inc. 9477689
IPR2021-00214 Filed Cambria Company LLC Cosentino S.A.U
C&C North America Inc.
10252440
IPR2021-00265 Filed Sito Mobile R&D IP, LLC
Sito Mobile, Ltd
Hulu, LLC 9591360
IPR2021-00220 Filed Pinn Inc. [Randolph Square IP] Apple Inc. 10455066
IPR2021-00253 Filed HandyLab, Inc. [Becton, Dickinson & Co.] NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. 10632466
IPR2021-00236 Filed Densys Ltd. 3Shape Trios A/S
3Shape A/S
6402707
IPR2021-00230 Filed Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Satco Products, Inc. 7646031
IPR2021-00255 Filed Koss Corp Apple Inc. 10298451
IPR2021-00216 Filed Cambria Company LLC Cosentino S.A.U
C&C North America Inc.
10195762
IPR2020-00969 Not Instituted – Merits Sound View Innovations, LLC [Monarch Investments, LLC, Patent Capital LLC] Dish Network Corporation
DISH Technologies LLC
Sling TV LLV.
Dish Network LLC
Sling TV LLC
6708213
IPR2020-01057 Not Instituted – Merits Arnouse Digital Devices Corp. Klas Telecom, Inc
Klas Telecom Government Inc.
10101769
IPR2020-00940 Not Instituted – Merits SAP SE Teradata Corporation 7421437
IPR2020-00941 Not Instituted – Merits SAP SE Teradata Operations, Inc.
Teradata Corporation
9626421
IPR2020-00942 Not Instituted – Merits SAP SE Teradata Corporation 8214321
IPR2020-00872 Not Instituted – Procedural AGIS Software Development, LLC Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9820123
IPR2020-00870 Not Instituted – Procedural AGIS Software Development, LLC Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9749829
IPR2020-00871 Not Instituted – Procedural AGIS Software Development, LLC Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9749829
IPR2020-00975 Not Instituted – Procedural United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 8977571
IPR2020-00882 Not Instituted – Procedural United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 9818090
IPR2020-00873 Not Instituted – Procedural AGIS Software Development, LLC Google LLC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9820123
IPR2020-00976 Not Instituted – Procedural United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 8699779
IPR2020-00912 Instituted Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. 10213108
IPR2020-00778 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc.
Microsoft Corporation
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
7821425
IPR2020-01052 Instituted Ultravision Technologies, LLC [Aral Holdings Inc., Ultravision Holdings, Partners for Growth V, L.P.] Glux Visual Effects Tech (Shenzhen) Co.
Leyard Optoelectronic Co.
Shenzhen Liantronics Co., Ltd.
Unilumin Group Co., Ltd.
9047791
IPR2020-00954 Instituted Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. 9788735
IPR2020-00967 Instituted Masimo Corporation Sotera Wireless, Inc. RE47244
IPR2020-00922 Instituted BOT M8, LLC Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 8078540
IPR2020-00939 Instituted SAP SE Teradata Operations, Inc.
Teradata Corporation
7437516
PGR2020-00058 Instituted Bayer Cropscience Aktiengesellschaft Syngenta Crop Protection AG
Sygenta Crop Protection AG
10364243
IPR2020-00943 Instituted SAP SE
Sap SE
Teradata Corporation 7617179
IPR2020-00973 Instituted Impinj, Inc. NXP USA, Inc 8952792
IPR2020-01119 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
7821425
IPR2019-01083 Final Written Decision United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 8699779
IPR2019-01026 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC (Fortress IP, Softbank) Microsoft Corporation 6993049
IPR2019-01082 Final Written Decision United Services Automobile Association Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 8977571
IPR2019-01167 Final Written Decision Contemporary Display LLC [IPValuation Partners LP] Dish Network Corporation
Dish Network LLC
6028643

 

                              District Court (99)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
3:20-cv-08248 Filed Raj Abhyanker Mr Airbnb, Inc. 8874489
1:20-cv-01573 Filed Fusion IP LLC [IP Edge LLC] Unify, Inc. 7020670
6344902
7941486
1:20-cv-01221 Filed DACA Design LLC
ES Distribution, LLC
HANGTIME LLC 9060588
4:20-cv-02631 Filed The Chork, Inc. Sysco Corporation
Berk Enterprises, Inc.
Teriyaki Madness
D601389
2:20-cv-05871 Filed Midwest Athletics and Sports Alliance, LLC [Midwest Youth A&S, Inc.] Ricoh Company, Ltd. 6718285
7502582
7720425
1:20-cv-01589 Filed Astellas Pharma [Astellas Pharma Inc.] Sawai USA
Teva Pharmaceutical
Windlas Biotech Ltd.
HUAHAI US, Inc.
Windlas Healthcare Pvt. Ltd.
et al.
10842780
1:20-cv-01594 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Bumble Trading, Inc. 8861512
9173154
9369575
9591551
6:20-cv-01080 Filed Cosentino Research and Development SLU
C&C North America Inc
Cosentino SAU
Cambria Company LLC 7815827
1:20-cv-01606 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Lifesize, Inc. 8861512
9591551
9173154
9369575
1:20-cv-01609 Filed Kaleasy Tech LLC [IP Edge LLC] Mango Technologies, Inc. dba ClickUp 7899479
1:20-cv-01615 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge LLC] Furrion, LLC 7916877
2:20-cv-10755 Filed Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. [Xerox Corporation] Snap, Inc. 8489599
9208439
8966362
4:20-cv-04036 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Vertiv Co. 6661783
6:20-cv-01085 Filed Milestone IP, LLC [IP Edge LLC] Jefferson Bank 6236994
6473523
6:20-cv-01087 Filed Milestone IP, LLC [IP Edge LLC] Frost Bank 6236994
6473523
5:20-cv-08368 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Creative Labs, Inc. 6651207
1:20-cv-01570 Filed Fusion IP LLC [IP Edge LLC] Fuze, Inc. 7941486
7020670
6344902
3:20-cv-08291 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Adobe Inc. dba Adobe Systems Incorporated
X.Commerce, Inc. dba Magento
3:20-cv-08297 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Adobe Inc. dba Adobe Systems Incorporated
X.Commerce, Inc. dba Magento
9063755
9471287
9928044
7594168
6546397
1:20-cv-01585 Filed Boehringer-Ingelheim
BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM INTERNATIONAL GMBH
Ohm Laboratories, Inc.
Sun Pharmaceutical
7579449
1:20-cv-01590 Filed Realm Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Pipedrive Inc. 6330573
6324551
6:20-cv-01082 Filed DynaEnergetics US, Inc
DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH
Yellowjacket Oilfield Services, L.L.C. 10844697
1:20-cv-07002 Filed Wahl Clipper Corp 3versince
Enrique Tapia
7841091
1:20-cv-01610 Filed Kaleasy Tech LLC [IP Edge LLC] Monday.com Inc. 7899479
1:20-cv-01612 Filed Kaleasy Tech LLC [IP Edge LLC] Verity Systems 7899479
2:20-cv-02161 Filed Traeger Pellet Grills LLC GMG Products LLC 10158720
10218833
2:20-cv-10754 Filed Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. [Xerox Corporation] Twitter 7167871
8966362
8489599
9208439
7043475
8606781
4:20-cv-04024 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Endress+Hauser, Inc. 6661783
4:20-cv-00903 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Arris International LTD
AirTies Kablosuz Iletisim Sanayi Ve Dis Ticaret Anonim Sirketi
Altice USA, Inc.
Cequel Communications, LLC dba Suddenlink Communications
Commscope, Inc.
et al.
7088782
7310304
7706458
6847803
4:20-cv-00905 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Dish Network
Arcadyan Technology Corporation
7706458
6847803
7088782
7310304
4:20-cv-00906 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities] JVC Kenwood Corp. 7088782
7310304
7706458
6847803
4:20-cv-00907 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Synology Inc. 7088782
7310304
7706458
6847803
1:20-cv-01576 Filed Altair Logix LLC [IP Edge LLC] Nuvision International Inc. 6289434
1:20-cv-01578 Filed Altair Logix LLC [IP Edge LLC] Logic Controls, Inc. 6289434
1:20-cv-01136 Filed SINGLE DIGITS, INC. Guest Tek Interactive Entertainment, Ltd.
6:20-cv-01076 Filed kajeet, Inc. Impero Solutions Inc. 8667559
3:20-cv-08295 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Adobe Inc. dba Adobe Systems Incorporated
X.Commerce, Inc. dba Magento
1:20-cv-01580 Filed Guardant Health, Inc. Foundation Medicine, Inc. 10704085
10704086
10793916
9840743
9834822
10501810
10801063
1:20-cv-01587 Filed Realm Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Freshworks, Inc. 6330573
6324551
3:20-cv-17040 Filed CATALYST PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
SERB SA
PANTHERX SPECIALTY, LLC
PANTHER SPECIALTY HOLDING, CO.
10793893
1:20-cv-01169 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge LLC] Eagle Eye Networks, Inc. 7567622
7154961
1:20-cv-01599 Filed Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., LTD.
H Lundbeck A/S
Zenara Pharma Private Ltd.
Biophore India Pharmaceuticals Private Ltd.
RE48059
1:20-cv-01603 Filed Kaleasy Tech LLC [IP Edge LLC] TeamViewer US, Inc. 7899479
1:20-cv-01607 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Plantronics Co. 8861512
9369575
9591551
9173154
6:20-cv-01086 Filed Milestone IP, LLC [IP Edge LLC] Zions Bancorporation, N.A. DBA Amegy Bank 6236994
6473523
6:20-cv-01090 Filed S3G Technology LLC Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC 9304758
8572571
5:20-cv-02463 Filed Brother Industries, Ltd.
Brother International Corporation (USA)
Brother Industries (USA), Inc
5:20-cv-02464 Filed Brother Industries, Ltd.
Brother International Corporation (USA)
Brother Industries (USA), Inc
Linkyo Corp. RE46596
1:20-cv-01572 Filed Fusion IP LLC [IP Edge LLC] The Conference Group, LLC 7941486
6344902
1:20-cv-01574 Filed RAB Lighting E-conolight
Ideal Industries Lighting LLC dba Cree Lighting
9010970
8985816
D745202
1:20-cv-01575 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Broan-Nutone, LLC 6651207
7106705
1:20-cv-01577 Filed Realm Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Bullhorn, Inc. 6324551
6330573
2:20-cv-05707 Filed HMTX Industries
Teknoflor Supply, LLC
Halstead New England Corp.
Ecointeriors Corp. 10753100
5:20-cv-00630 Filed Westech Engineering, Inc
Nordic Water Products AB
Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies 10188971
2:20-cv-00369 Filed 21st Century Garage LLC PACCAR Inc 5978737
6584403
6208948
3:20-cv-08369 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Uniform Industrial Corporation (U.S.A.) 6651207
7106705
6:20-cv-01091 Filed Texas Secure Authentication, LLC [poss. Evolutionary Intelligence, LLC; IIRC, Inc.] FCT Bancshares, Inc.
First National Bank of Central Texas
7873682
1:20-cv-01571 Filed Fusion IP LLC [IP Edge LLC] Highfive Technologies, Inc. 7941486
6344902
1:20-cv-01581 Filed Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., LTD.
H Lundbeck A/S
Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd. RE48059
1:20-cv-01588 Filed Realm Licensing [IP Edge LLC] Infor (US), Inc. 6330573
7996356
1:20-cv-01591 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Cobham Mission Systems Davenport AAR Inc. 6661783
1:20-cv-01593 Filed Digi Portal LLC [IP Edge] Party City Corporation 8352854
7171414
7565359
9626342
5983227
3:20-cv-08321 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Oath Holdings, Inc. dba Verizon Media Group fka Yahoo! 9063755
9471287
9928044
7594168
6546397
3:20-cv-08335 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Pinterest, Inc. 9471287
9928044
9063755
6546397
3:20-cv-08339 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Amazon.com, Inc. 6546397
9471287
9928044
9063755
1:20-cv-07014 Filed Celebration IP LLC [IP Edge] BYD Electronic America Corp. 6346795
1:20-cv-01597 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] FreeConferenceCall.com, Inc. 8861512
9173154
9369575
9591551
1:20-cv-01604 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Fusion Connect, Inc. 8861512
9591551
9173154
9369575
1:20-cv-01608 Filed Harmony Licensing, LLC [IP Edge] Skyworks Solutions RE42219
6:20-cv-01083 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development Arista Networks 7409715
8472447
9450884
2:20-cv-10753 Filed Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. [Xerox Corporation] Facebook, Inc. 7167871
8489599
9208439
9137190
8732584
7043475
8606781
6:20-cv-01089 Filed Milestone IP, LLC [IP Edge] Guaranty Bank & Trust, N.A. 6236994
6473523
5:20-cv-08367 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Ampro Adlink Technology Inc. 6651207
7106705

 

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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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