Patent Filings Roundup: Pulling the Pinn; Cal Tech Expands Chip Suit; USF Research Foundation Patent Petitioned

By Jonathan Stroud
March 25, 2021

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/46023047/stock-photo-lawsuit-word-smashing-glass.htmlIt was another typical Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)/district court split this week, with 33 petitions (two of them post grant reviews [PGRs]) and 71 district court complaints filed. There’s a seemingly new non-practicing entity (NPE) campaign by Jeffrey Gross, Netcom Global Solutions, LLC, with a few new filings, a Chinese e-Bike manufacturer, Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Tech., Co., Ltd & Unicorn Global, Inc.] who has sued a number of companies over U.S. patents in district court; and somehow the Symbology (and other Rothschild) suits continue to find defendants to sue, this time targeting mall storefronts David Yurman and Perfumania.com. A number of petitions were filed against NPE K.Mizra (also associated with NPE Ginegar LLC, who last week continued to assert U.S. Patent 9,367,531).

Pulling the Pinn: Apple voluntarily withdrew at least three inter partes review (IPR) petitions against Pinn Inc. (and their apparent financial backers Randall Square IP) in a dispute over earbuds where an earlier petition was denied under the Board’s Fintiv discretion in a PGR (technically under Section 324, not 314, but it serves the same purpose). Apple, reading the tea leaves from the earlier denial, is steaming toward trial, and presumably moved to file ex parte reexams. The Northern District of California trial has recently been reset again to September 14; Pinn had earlier sued Google and Samsung as well, both of whom are out. The withdrawn IPRs are IPR2021-00221, IPR2020-01668, and IPR2021-00220. Public PAIR has been finicky for a few weeks and reexamination data is difficult to ID, but it’s possible that Apple has either filed reexams at this point or has chosen to take their chances at trial.

The UTLP Way: The California Institute of Technology (CIT) expanded their campaign (which resulted in a huge $1.1 billion judgment earlier last year, in apparent partnership with litigation funding) to include Microsoft, Dell, and HP. The earlier suit, against Broadcom and Apple, was on rather general but purportedly new error correction coding in chipsets and accused (effectively) all current chipsets of infringing, with a $1.40 per device royalty rate for handsets and $.26 royalty rate for the chip companies, according to the earlier jury verdict. It wouldn’t have taken a crystal ball to predict that they would take that judgment and assert it against the rest of the device industry. It’s worth noting that the Department of Justice issued a letter approving of the now-launched pool licensing practices of the Unified Technology Licensing Pool, in which CIT and a number of major U.S. universities participate.

South Florida Foundation: The USF Research Foundation has been monetizing U.S. Patent 6,630,937 for some time now, going back to May 2016, against a half-dozen companies. Their most recent suit, against Hologic, Inc., has provoked an IPR from the company against the patent—now expired—related to a method of digital mammography.

                                     PTAB (33)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00669 Filed Acqis LLC [Aquis Technology Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
RE44654
IPR2021-00655 Filed Rab Lightning Inc. Ideal Industries Lighting LLC 9010970
IPR2021-00682 Filed Correct Transmission, LLC Juniper Networks, Inc. 7283465
PGR2021-00066 Filed iRobot Corporation SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
10835096
IPR2021-00593 Filed KMizra LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 8234705
IPR2021-00594 Filed KMizra LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 8965892
IPR2021-00684 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10285150
IPR2021-00685 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10306669
IPR2021-00673 Filed Commvault Systems, Inc. Rubrik, Inc. 9740723
IPR2021-00681 Filed LITL LLC [Tri Ventures, Inc.] Lenovo (U.S.) Inc. 8289688
IPR2021-00639 Filed 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur Int’l] Cradlepoint, Inc.
Dell, Inc.
Honeywell International, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
et al.
8189611
IPR2021-00663 Filed Ancora Technologies, Inc Sony Mobile Comm’ns, AB
Sony Mobile Communications, Inc.
Sony Elects. Inc.
Sony Corporation
6411941
IPR2021-00668 Filed Acqis LLC [Aquis Technology Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9703750
IPR2021-00666 Filed Acqis LLC [Aquis Technology Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9529768
IPR2021-00665 Filed Sentrilock, LLC Carrier Fire & Security Americas Corporation 8606589
IPR2021-00630 Filed Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10075565
IPR2021-00680 Filed Koss Corporation Bose Corporation 10469934
IPR2021-00683 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10374768
IPR2021-00626 Filed Koss Corporation Apple Inc 10206025
IPR2021-00629 Filed Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10075564
IPR2021-00627 Filed Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10375215
IPR2021-00659 Filed The Solaria Corporation Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar USA Inc.
10651333
PGR2021-00065 Filed iRobot Corporation SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
10813517
IPR2021-00618 Filed 802 Systems Inc. [Alan R. Loudermilk] Cisco Systems, Inc. 8458784
IPR2021-00619 Filed 802 Systems Inc. [Alan R. Loudermilk] Cisco Systems, Inc. 7013482
IPR2021-00664 Filed Sentrilock, LLC Carrier Fire & Security Americas Corporation 7949541
IPR2021-00656 Filed U. of South Florida Board of Trustees Hologic, Inc.
Varex Imaging Corp., Melvis Medical Solutions AG
6630937
IPR2021-00628 Filed Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10075564
IPR2021-00442 Filed Sydnexis, Inc. Nevakar, Inc. 10201534
IPR2021-00620 Filed 802 Systems Inc. [Alan R. Loudermilk] Cisco Systems, Inc. 7031267
IPR2021-00670 Filed Acqis LLC [Aquis Technology Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
RE45140
IPR2021-00667 Filed Acqis LLC [Aquis Technology Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8977797
IPR2021-00633 Filed FG Src LLC [Freeman Capital Partners, LLC] Xilinx, Inc 7149867
CBM2020-00021 Not Instituted – Merits Oanda Corporation Gain Capital Holdings, Inc., 8392311
IPR2020-01540 Not Instituted – Merits Joseph Wiesel Apple Inc 7020514
CBM2020-00022 Not Instituted – Merits Oanda Corporation Gain Capital Holdings, Inc., 7146336
PGR2020-00081 Not Instituted – Merits The Toro Company Vermeer Manufacturing Company 10597843
PGR2020-00085 Not Instituted – Procedural Blackhawk Network, Inc. Interactive Communications International, Inc., 10769894
IPR2020-01585 Not Instituted – Procedural Gigamon Inc. Apcon, Inc. 9077656
IPR2020-01542 Not Instituted – Procedural National Products, Inc. Scanstrut, Inc.
Scanstrut, Ltd.
SCANSTRUT, LTD
6585212
IPR2020-01583 Not Instituted – Procedural Gigamon Inc. Apcon, Inc. 8824466
IPR2020-01553 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10076708
IPR2020-01579 Not Instituted – Procedural Gigamon Inc. Apcon, Inc. 8570862
PGR2020-00084 Instituted Blackhawk Network, Inc. Interactive Communications International, Inc., 10769894
IPR2020-01559 Instituted Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
7286075
IPR2020-01483 Instituted Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
6900750
IPR2020-01656 Instituted International Business Machines Corporation Zillow Group, Inc.
Zillow, Inc.
8315904
IPR2020-01563 Instituted Nevro Corp. Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
10076665
CBM2020-00023 Instituted Oanda Corporation Gain Capital Holdings, Inc., 7496534
IPR2020-01564 Instituted Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
6900750
IPR2020-01561 Instituted Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
7719452
IPR2020-01573 Instituted MicroSurgical Tech, Inc
Microsurgical Technology, Inc.
New World Medical, Inc., 9107729
IPR2020-01562 Instituted Nevro Corp. Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
9002460
IPR2020-01655 Instituted International Business Machines Corporation Zillow Group, Inc.
Zillow, Inc.
7076443
IPR2020-01582 Instituted Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited Netflix, Inc. 8572138
IPR2020-01484 Instituted Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
6900750
CBM2020-00028 Instituted Sito Mobile R&D IP, LLC
Sito Mobile, Ltd.
Hulu, LLC 8825887
IPR2020-01421 Instituted Netlist, Inc. SK Hynix, Inc.
SK Hynix America, Inc.
10217523
IPR2021-00065 Instituted Microsurgical Technology, Inc. New World Medical, Inc., 10123905
CBM2020-00020 Instituted Karya Property Management, LLC
Intellectual Ventures II LLC
Resman, LLC
VMware, Inc
7636687
IPR2020-01424 Adverse Judgment Paul Bernard Lee Exacta Frac Energy Services, Inc.
GrayHawk Tools International, LLC
9187989
IPR2020-01425 Adverse Judgment Paul Bernard Lee Exacta Frac Energy Services, Inc.
GrayHawk Tools International, LLC
9869163
IPR2019-01603 Final Written Decision All American Lithium LLC
Terralithium LLC
Energy Source Minerals, LLC
Energysource Minerals, LLC
9644126
IPR2020-00021 Final Written Decision SMA Solar Technology, AG. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8922048
IPR2020-00471 Final Written Decision Firenet Technologies, LLC [IP Investments Group] Unified Patents, LLC 8892600
IPR2019-01624 Final Written Decision Earthstone International LLC Runway Safe Inc.
Runway Safe Group AB,
9637246
PGR2019-00037 Final Written Decision Konda Technologies Inc.
Venkat Konda
Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. 10003553
IPR2019-01602 Final Written Decision All American Lithium LLC
Terralithium LLC
Energy Source Minerals, LLC
Energysource Minerals, LLC
9650555
PGR2019-00042 Final Written Decision Konda Technologies Inc.
Venkat Konda
Flex Logix Technologies, Inc. 10003553
IPR2021-00221 Procedural Termination Pinn Inc. Apple Inc 10455066
IPR2020-01668 Procedural Termination Pinn Inc. Apple Inc 9807491
IPR2021-00220 Procedural Termination Pinn Inc. Apple Inc 10455066

                              District Court (71)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-02302 Filed Pause Commercials, Inc. Hulu, LLC 10278619
1:21-cv-00377 Filed CommScope Holding AFL Telecommunications LLC 9488796
9448379
10203464
10310204
9690066
9638879
7570860
9703059
9645342
6:21-cv-00259 Filed Super Interconnect Techonologies LLC [Acacia Research Technology] Google, LLC 7627044
6463092
7158593
2:21-cv-00090 Filed Riggs Technology Holdings, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] Paycom Payroll LLC 7299067
1:21-cv-00385 Filed LoganTree, LP [Gulfstream Ventures, LLC] Misfit, Inc. 6059576
1:21-cv-00604 Filed Noco Company CF Group SZKMS Co., Ltd 10604024
9007015
2:21-cv-00091 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners] Wal-Mart Stores
Walmart, Inc.
6803606
6982522
7490959
7161190
8441022
7154125
7301176
7012277
2:21-cv-00092 Filed CXT Systems, Inc. [Audio Messaging Inc. poss. Quest Patent Research] The Sherwin-Williams Company 8260806
7257581
7016875
2:21-cv-00095 Filed CXT Systems, Inc. [Audio Messaging Inc. poss. Quest Patent Research] Costco Wholesale 8260806
7257581
7016875
1:21-cv-00476 Filed Glenn Keilar
Alessio Pigazzi
Xodus Medical
Active Medical, Inc. 8464720
9161876
8511314
3:21-cv-00623 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Relax the Back Corporation 7917285
8:21-cv-00520 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vizio, Inc.
2:21-cv-00099 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners, LLC] Juniper Networks
1:21-cv-01545 Filed Quartz Auto Technologies LLC Grubhub Holdings
5:21-cv-10617 Filed General Scientific Corporation d/b/a Surgitel Den-Mat Holdings, LLC 8047684
8662709
6:21-cv-00275 Filed Proven Networks, LLC [RAK Investments III, LLC, Russ August & Kabat, Larry Russ, Jules Kabat] VMWare, Inc. 8266530
6:21-cv-00276 Filed The California Institute of Technology Microsoft 8284833
7716552
7116710
7916781
7421032
1:21-cv-00375 Filed People.ai, Inc. Clari Inc. 10872106
10657129
6:21-cv-00258 Filed Lexington Luminance, LLC Home Depot U.S.A., Inc 6936851
1:21-cv-00775 Filed Pso-Rite.com LLC Cameron Smith
Dominic Rainville
Thrival LLC
William Smith
D823479
2:21-cv-00094 Filed CXT Systems, Inc. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. 8260806
7257581
7016875
2:21-cv-00096 Filed CXT Systems, Inc. IKEA North America Services, LLC 8260806
7257581
7016875
1:21-cv-00389 Filed Biogen Swiss Manufacturing GmbH
Biogen., Inc.
Alkermes, Inc.
Teva Pharmaceuticals Development Inc. 9090558
10080733
8669281
6:21-cv-00266 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners, LLC] Wal-Mart Stores of Texas, LLC
Walmart, Inc.
6803606
6982522
7490959
7161190
8441022
7154125
7301176
7012277
2:21-cv-02324 Filed Sanderling Management, Ltd. Snap, Inc. 9355412
9639866
10108986
1:21-cv-00393 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. TIVO Corporation 8165867
1:21-cv-00394 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Ecovacs Robotics 8165867
4:21-cv-00619 Filed D&L Properties South, Inc. Berk Enterprises, Inc.
M.H. Enterprises International, Inc. dba Teriyaki Madness
D601389
8:21-cv-00519 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vizio, Inc.
1:21-cv-00405 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Neato 8165867
1:21-cv-02448 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Chocolate Works, Inc. 7917285
2:21-cv-00438 Filed Swarm Technology LLC Amazon Web Services Incorporated
Amazon
10592275
9852004
1:21-cv-01372 Filed Noble Security
Meir Avganim
Ingamar Co., Ltd. 10907378
9137911
5:21-cv-01848 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] VIAAS, Inc. 8856221
5:21-cv-01871 Filed Lyft, Inc. Quartz Auto Technologies LLC 6847871
9691275
6944443
7007013
1:21-cv-00388 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. iRobot Corp. 8165867
3:21-cv-01912 Filed Xiaohua Huang Talented Technologies RE45259
2:21-cv-02446 Filed Meissner Filtration Products, Inc. TBL Performance Plastics LLC
Sani-Tech West, Inc.
7373825
1:21-cv-00397 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP, LLC] Eyefinity, Inc.
1:21-cv-00400 Filed Persawvere, Inc. Milwaukee Electric Tool, Corporation
1:21-cv-00404 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Belkin 8165867
1:21-cv-00817 Filed Zoo Digital Limited Adobe Inc. 7574103
2:21-cv-02320 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Xirgo Technologies Holdings, Inc. 9261365
6:21-cv-00264 Filed Future Link Systems, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Broadcom PTE. Ltd.
Broadcom Corporation
Broadcom, Inc.
7917680
6317804
6:21-cv-00265 Filed Future Link Systems, LLC Vector Capital Corp.] Qualcomm Incorporated 7917680
6317804
6052754
4:21-cv-01869 Filed Control Laser Corp. William F. Smith dba BSET EQ 7271012
6:21-cv-00271 Filed Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] GOOGLE, LLC 10951742
1:21-cv-00255 Filed Symbology Innovations [Leigh Rothschild] Perfumania.com, Inc. 8424752
2:21-cv-02470 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. E-Sceptre, Inc.
8:21-cv-00521 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vizio, Inc.
9:21-cv-00050 Filed Netcom Global Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Cisco Systems, Inc.
1:21-cv-00403 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp. American International Group 6049835
9:21-cv-80581 Filed SRAM, LLC Princeton Carbon Works Inc. 9610800
10611188
6:21-cv-00260 Filed Tomax AS Turbo Drill Industries, Inc. aka Scout Downhole 7578360
6:21-cv-00261 Filed Sable Networks, Inc.
Sable IP, LLC [Mobile Convergence Ltd. (MCC)]
Cloudflare, Inc. 8243593
7012919
6977932
6954431
8:21-cv-00610 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] ECLIPSE EHR SOLUTIONS, LLC 8381309
6:21-cv-00263 Filed Future Link Systems, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Apple 6622108
6807505
7917680
6317804
2:21-cv-00093 Filed Lennon Image Technologies LLC [Empire IP] Shiseido Americas Corporation 6624843
2:21-cv-00097 Filed CXT Systems, Inc. [Audio Messaging Inc.] V.F, Corp. 8260806
7257581
7016875
6:21-cv-00270 Filed Sol IP, LLC Qualcomm Incorporated 10601474
8311031
10244559
9088395
9900067
10271349
10749722
RE48101
10148477
10462776
10009896
8593936
9888435
10231211
10863439
10405277
10893525
10932298
10938534
8582686
10841056
10687351
9496976
10090894
10383041
10206207
10080204
10931337
1:21-cv-00326 Filed Carl Raymond Amos Aegon Netherlands TransAmerica
2:21-cv-00098 Filed Elite Gaming Tech LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners, LLC] Mediatek Inc. 6963947
2:21-cv-05745 Filed Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
Unicorn Global, Inc.
SWFT HOVERBOARD LLC 10696347
1:21-cv-01436 Filed Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
Unicorn Global, Inc.
Jetson Electric Bikes, LLC 10597107
1:21-cv-01443 Filed Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
Unicorn Global, Inc.
DGL Group, LTD. 10597107
1:21-cv-00256 Filed Symbology Innovations [Leigh Rothschild] David Yurman Holdings LLC 8424752
2:21-cv-00100 Filed Proven Networks, LLC  [RAK Investments III, LLC, Russ August & Kabat, Larry Russ, Jules Kabat] SAP America
SAP SE
9:21-cv-00051 Filed Netcom Global Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Microsoft
1:21-cv-00401 Filed Trident Holdings, Inc. Hubspot, Inc. 6236977
2:21-cv-10616 Filed RSR Sales, Inc. d/b/a EchoValley Products Regal Arts & Gifts, Inc. 10364953

 

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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. Paul F Morgan March 26, 2021 1:22 pm

    Thank you for your valuable patent litigation information service here, especially in disclosing PAEs and litigation investors behind shell company plaintiffs, discretionary IPR institution denials, etc.

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