Patent Filings Roundup: Neodron Settles En Masse; Pineapple34 Expresses Interest Over Old IV Patents; Pharma IPR Denied Over Prosecution History, Secondary Considerations Evidence

By Jonathan Stroud
March 3, 2021

PTABA light week at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) saw two post grant reviews (PGRs) and 16 inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed, while the District Court clocked in with 49 new complaints, fueled mostly by additions to a few Rothschild campaigns, a few new IV selloff suits, a new defendant added to the WSOU madness (this time, Netgear), and a fair number of competitor suits, pharmaceutical suits, and even a new Gil Hyatt complaint. Oso IP subsidiary Boccone, LLC walked away from their three patents entirely, post-institution. Samsung and a few others had petitions denied under Section 314 discretion (the power of which was really driven home this week when VLSI earned a $2 billion judgment on patents that had been challenged but denied institution under that rubric).

Now Leaving the Neodron: The Neodron/Magnetar/Atlantic IP campaign appears to have settled—either with an RPX license or some other bulk JDG license, given the massive wave of terminations (13 more this week) due to settlement before the Board.  Samsung, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple, Microsoft—all appear to be out following what one must assume was a hefty payday for the capital-backed campaign.

Pineapple34 Express: Another old Intellectual Ventures selloff/ new LLC has popped up this week, suing Sony, Panasonic, Dynabook, and Microsoft (which, normally one would assume they would be licensed).  The entity was incorporated a few years ago and has a virtual mailbox registered on the Internet (539 W Commerce St. #1983, Dallas, TX, 75208), seemingly registered through “Virtual Office Dallas” or physicaladdress.com.  The three patents came from IV’s Assets 137 LLC, by way of Xylon and Chronodata, both seemingly wholly owned IV subsidiaries.  What’s hard to fathom is why IV would be suing Microsoft, who is presumably licensed to all three major IV funds. The patents cover (predictably) generic programming for user interfaces, and are asserted against basically all major devices of the four companies challenged (with Isaac Rabicoff representing Pineapple34 here).  The case against Sony has already been voluntarily dismissed without prejudice less than two weeks after filing, so maybe somebody made a mistake or maybe it’s part of a file-and-dismiss strategy.

Interesting Denial Double-Take: In a high-profile pharmaceutical IPR against a Novartis patent on valsartan or sacubitril (which covers their Entresto® product) the Board exercised its discretion under 35 U.S.C. 325(d) to not institute, citing and relying on the recently precedential Advanced Bionics factors.  In doing so, they took a curious tack—that 325(d) discretion can be applied EITHER if there is the same or substantially the same prior art used, OR if the same or substantially the same arguments are used.  (“Footnote 4: Because we determine that the “same or substantially the same prior art” was presented previously to the Office, we need not reach whether the “same or substantially the same arguments” were presented previously to the Office.” (citing Advanced Bionics)).  It’s a nuance—and it’s not, perhaps, inconsistent with the plain language or the Advanced Bionics factors—but it’s worth noting that the Board relied on that to summarily ignore the rest of the arguments by petitioner about how dissimilar the arguments were (at least, that’s what they said they were doing).  Some of the art had been cited by the examiner, and some of it in an IDS; per the patent owner’s take, the arguments and art that was different were all duplicative of art raised below. While they didn’t exactly do so here, it would be a misapplication of their discretion if the Board started analyzing ONLY whether the prior art had been cited previously (say, in an IDS) OR that the arguments were similar without at least taking into consideration the other piece of their discretion.

Perhaps more notably, the Board strongly pushed back on the idea that mere inclusion in an IDS wasn’t probative and didn’t weigh in favor of dismissal.  And perhaps of the most probative value, the Board found that the petitioner hadn’t shown any material error in the prosecuting examiner’s consideration of record evidence of secondary considerations (here, unexpected results).

In the end, this suggests (unsurprisingly) that a detailed record including evidence of secondary considerations below might help strengthen the case for non-institution in myriad ways, not just on the merits of an obviousness challenge. 

                                PTAB (18)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2021-00056 Filed Cisco Technology, Inc. Voltserver Inc. 10735105
IPR2021-00570 Filed Ancora Technologies Inc
Mypd Technologies Ltd C/o Keren-schechter Law Firm
HTC Corporation 6411941
IPR2021-00440 Filed Sydnexis, Inc. Nevakar, Inc. 9770447
IPR2021-00557 Filed Pictos Technologies, Inc. [Semiconductor Holding Corp.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 6838651
IPR2021-00566 Filed Polaris Powerled Technologies LLC [Microchip Technology Inc.] Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 7239087
IPR2021-00541 Filed Tigo Energy Inc. Altenergy Power Systems Inc. 8933321
IPR2021-00526 Filed Kewazinga Corp. Google LLC 6535226
IPR2021-00194 Filed Nokia Corp. VMware, Inc. [Dell Technologies, Inc.] 8165024
IPR2021-00556 Filed Broadband Itv Inc AT&T Services, Inc. 10028026
PGR2021-00055 Filed Cisco Technology, Inc. Voltserver Inc. 10735105
IPR2021-00548 Filed FIPA Frohwitter Intellectual Property AG Nokia of America Corporation
Ericsson, Inc.
7778310
IPR2021-00568 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9832726
IPR2021-00540 Filed Tigo Energy Inc.. Altenergy Power Systems Inc. 10256770
IPR2021-00565 Filed Oyster Optics LLC Ciena Corporation 10554297
IPR2021-00525 Filed Kewazinga Corp. Google LLC 6522325
IPR2021-00527 Filed Kewazinga Corp. Google LLC 9055234
IPR2021-00569 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9319211
IPR2021-00567 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9277436
IPR2020-01446 Not Instituted – Merits MQ Gaming, LLC Lego Systems, Inc.
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc
WB Games Inc.
8790180
IPR2020-01628 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY
Supercell Oy
9561439
IPR2020-01263 Not Instituted – Procedural Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. Biocon Pharma Limited 8101659
PGR2020-00077 Not Instituted – Procedural NCS Multistage Inc., Tco AS 10465445
IPR2020-01506 Not Instituted – Procedural Luminati Networks Ltd. Code 200 UAB
TESO LT, UAB
Metacluster LT UAB
Oxysales UAB
CODE200, UAB
et al.
10469614
IPR2020-01401 Not Instituted – Procedural Clear Imaging Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8630484
PGR2020-00078 Not Instituted – Procedural NCS Multistage Inc. Tco AS 10465445
IPR2020-01551 Not Instituted – Procedural Clear Imaging Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8630484
IPR2020-01633 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 9079107
IPR2020-01159 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
7596375
IPR2020-01426 Instituted Purewick Corporation Sage Products, LLC 8287508
IPR2020-01162 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
8948756
IPR2020-01444 Instituted MQ Gaming, LLC Lego Systems, Inc.
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc
WB Games Inc.
9463380
IPR2020-01389 Instituted Kirsch Research and Development, LLC Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt, LLC 6308482
IPR2020-01161 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
8472955
IPR2020-01471 Instituted Jager Pro, Inc. W-W Manufacturing Co., Inc. 10098339
PGR2020-00079 Instituted Clearone, Inc Shure Incorporated 10728653
IPR2020-01609 Instituted Ancora Technologies, Inc. TCT Mobile Inc
Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen TCL Creative Cloud Technology Co., Ltd.,
TCT MOBILE (US) INC.
6411941
IPR2020-01160 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
8275374
IPR2020-01447 Instituted MQ Gaming, LLC Lego Systems, Inc.
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc
WB Games Inc.
8475275
IPR2020-01470 Instituted Jager Pro, Inc. W-W Manufacturing Co., Inc. 9814228
IPR2020-01410 Instituted Martin Kuster Western Digital Corporation
Western Digital Technologies, Inc
SanDisk Corporation
Sandisk, LLC
8705243
IPR2020-01448 Instituted MQ Gaming, LLC Lego Systems, Inc.
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc
WB Games Inc.
8814688
IPR2020-01404 Instituted Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation MediaTek, Inc.
MediaTek USA, Inc.
7280551
IPR2020-01258 Instituted Justservice Net LLC Unified Patents, LLC 10476868
IPR2020-00325 Instituted Oyster Optics, LLC Infinera Corporation
Cisco Systems, Inc.
6665500
IPR2020-01445 Instituted MQ Gaming, LLC Lego Systems, Inc.
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc
WB Games Inc.
9770652
IPR2020-01158 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A.  [Fineur International] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
7460868
IPR2020-01438 Instituted Cloudbreak Therapeutics, LLC Allgenesis Biotherapeutics Inc. 10149820
IPR2020-01391 Instituted Martin Kuster Western Digital Corporation
Western Digital Technologies, Inc
SanDisk Corporation
Sandisk, LLC
8693206
IPR2020-01469 Instituted Treefrog Developments, Inc. Fellowes, Inc. 9549598
IPR2020-01157 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International] Dell, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE Corporation
7274933
IPR2020-00665 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 8931106
IPR2020-01209 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 7694342
IPR2020-01347 Instituted Oyster Optics, LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 6665500
IPR2020-01443 Instituted MQ Gaming, LLC Lego Systems, Inc.
Lego Brand Retail, Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc
WB Games Inc.
9162149
IPR2020-01472 Instituted Daedalus Blue LLC [Poss. IBM] DJI Europe B.V. 7286913
IPR2020-01288 Instituted BOT M8, LLC Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 7664988
IPR2020-00849 Adverse Judgment Boccone, LLC [Oso IP] Google LLC
LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics USA, Inc
10027727
IPR2020-00850 Adverse Judgment Boccone, LLC [Oso IP] Google LLC
LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics USA, Inc
10027726
IPR2020-00851 Adverse Judgment Boccone, LLC [Oso IP] Google LLC
LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics USA, Inc
10019136
IPR2019-01485 Final Written Decision Willis Electric Co., Ltd. Everstar Merchandise Co. Ltd 9157588
IPR2019-01490 Final Written Decision EarthStone International LLC
W. Gene Ramsey
Earthstone International LLC
Runway Safe Inc.
Runway Safe Group AB,
9382671
IPR2019-01465 Final Written Decision Provisur Technologies, Inc. Weber, Inc. 9399531
PGR2019-00056 Final Written Decision Willis Electric Co., Ltd. Everstar Merchandise Co. Ltd 10222037
IPR2019-01197 Final Written Decision VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Intel Corporation 6212633
IPR2019-01464 Final Written Decision Provisur Technologies, Inc. Weber, Inc. 9399531
IPR2017-01264 Final Written Decision X One, Inc. Uber Technologies, Inc. 8798647
IPR2019-00143 Final Written Decision Cywee Group Ltd. ZTE Corporation
LG Electronics, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (USA), INC
8441438
IPR2019-01203 Final Written Decision Cywee Group Ltd. LG Electronics, Inc.
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (USA), INC
8441438

                        District Court (49)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-01351 Filed Trinity Info Media, LLC f/k/a Trinity Intel Media, LLC Hornet Networks, Inc. 9087321
4:21-cv-01121 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Drive Headquarters, Inc. 8856221
2:21-cv-01361 Filed Trinity Info Media, LLC f/k/a Trinity Intel Media, LLC Raya App, Inc. 9087321
2:21-cv-01362 Filed Trinity Info Media, LLC f/k/a Trinity Intel Media, LLC The League App, Inc. 9087321
3:21-cv-02683 Filed Aerodefense LLC Tim Just 10665117
10665116
4:21-cv-00513 Filed Enventure Global Technology, Inc. [Halliburton] Weatherford International 6892819
1:21-cv-00159 Filed Symbology Innovations [Leigh Rothschild] Coldwell Banker Real Estate, LLC 8424752
2:21-cv-00051 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Kelly Services, Inc. 6662194
9152943
7490086
1:21-cv-00875 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D725695
D719209
D725696
1:21-cv-00220 Filed Keystone Global, LLC Walmart, Inc. 8047601
8850727
7866715
1:21-cv-00469 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Envysion, Inc. 8856221
3:21-cv-00409 Filed Xiamen Baby Pretty Products Co Ltd Talbots Pharmaceuticals Family Products L L C D888208
2:21-cv-01546 Filed Cordelia Lighting, Inc. Katerra, Inc., D.B.A. Dodo Lighting 9557021
1:21-cv-00229 Filed Novartis Lupin Limited 9388134
8796331
8101659
8877938
1:21-cv-00231 Filed Bayer Ecomed Solutions LLC 7018363
10060758
2:21-cv-01360 Filed Trinity Info Media, LLC f/k/a Trinity Intel Media, LLC COVALENT, INC. 9087321
5:21-cv-00267 Filed Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
Unicorn Global, Inc.
DGI Product Inc.
Chengjia Wang
Walmart, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores
WAL-MART STORES EAST, LP
et al.
10538286
10696347
3:21-cv-01145 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Dropbox, Inc. 6546397
9928044
9471287
9063755
1:21-cv-00164 Filed Fresenius Kabi CUSTOPHARM, INC. 10398669
9782376
6:21-cv-00157 Filed Cybersoft IP, LLC [DynaIP] Blackberry, Ltd. 6763467
1:21-cv-01319 Filed Chewy, Inc. International Business Machines, Corp. 7072849
6704034
9569414
7076443
1:21-cv-00209 Filed Kaneka Corp. American River Nutrition LLC
Designs for Health, Inc.
7145044
7829080
1:21-cv-00177 Filed Gilbert P. Hyatt Andrew Hirshfeld
2:21-cv-00663 Filed J Morita MFG Kavo Kerr Group
Dental Imaging Technologies
7486759
7347622
8300762
6289074
6118842
2:21-cv-00054 Filed Arigna Technology Limited Mercedes-Benz
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Volkswagen
Toyota
Daimler AG Co.
et al.
7397318
6:21-cv-00151 Filed Pineapple34, LLC [Intellectual Ventures] Sony Electronic Inc. 6611252
7181252
1:21-cv-00228 Filed Hikma Pharmaceuticals, LLC Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd. 9555029
8927607
9399036
9789108
9675613
0:21-cv-00437 Filed Nitride Semiconductors Co., Ltd. Digi-Key Corporation dba Digi-Key Electronics 6861270
6:21-cv-00154 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Craig Etchegoyen] Netgear, Inc. 9338171
2:21-cv-02683 Filed Aerodefense LLC Tim Just 10665117
10665116
5:21-cv-00046 Filed Linda`s Leather, LLC Horse Cents, Inc.
Victor Zambrano
10398129
D869783
6:21-cv-00148 Filed Custopharm, Inc. Fresenius Kabi 10398669
9782376
1:21-cv-01442 Filed Bitro Group, Inc. American Lighting, Inc. 9113558
6:21-cv-00152 Filed S3G Technology LLC Movoto, Inc. 8572571
9304758
6:21-cv-00155 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Craig Etchegoyen] Netgear, Inc. 7551630
6:21-cv-00159 Filed Riggs Technology Holdings, LLC DIVERSYS LEARNING, INC. 7299067
5:21-cv-01129 Filed Carl Zeiss X-Ray Microscopy, Inc. Sigray, Inc. 7057187
6:21-cv-00149 Filed Pineapple34, LLC [Intellectual Ventures] Dynabook, Inc. 7068499
6697251
1:21-cv-00214 Filed PF Prism C.V.
C. P. Pharmaceuticals International C.V.
PF PRISM IMB BV
Pfizer
PBG Puerto Rico LLC
Cadila Healthcare RE41783
696502
1:21-cv-01391 Filed Bitro Group, Inc. Outwater Plastics /Industries, Inc. 9113558
1:21-cv-00674 Filed Karmagreen, LLC MRSS Inc. 10624902
1:21-cv-00154 Filed Knape & Vogt Manufacturing Company NewAge Products, Inc. 7152535
2:21-cv-00053 Filed Pineapple34, LLC [Intellectual Ventures] Panasonic Corp. 7068499
6:21-cv-00150 Filed Pineapple34, LLC [Intellectual Ventures] Microsoft 8594076
6697251
7181252
1:21-cv-00227 Filed DigiMedia Tech, LLC [IP Investments Group] Motorola Mobility
Lenovo, Inc.
6741250
6473532
6744818
6684220
1:21-cv-00494 Filed Ginegar LLC [K.Mizra] Slack Technologies 9760865
9367521
3:21-cv-00365 Filed Cybersoft IP, LLC [DynaIP] FireEye, Inc. 6763467
6:21-cv-00153 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC [WSOU Holdings, Craig Etchegoyen] Netgear, Inc. 7512096
6:21-cv-00158 Filed Maxell, Ltd. Apple 10911719
8130284
10529372
8736729
10264456
7551209
10389978
10418069
6816491
8098695
6484034
7072673

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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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