Patent Filings Roundup: No Fracking IPRs; New Magnetar NPE Identified; Board Rules on Scope of Adverse Judgment

By Jonathan Stroud
April 1, 2021

patent filings - https://depositphotos.com/69425507/stock-photo-a-law-book-with-a.htmlWith a pretty-standard 30 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions and 70+ district court complaints filed this week, it’s worth noting that the steady stream of IP Edge and Rothschild patent filings hasn’t let up, that the WSOU matters continue to bump up the numbers in both, and that Magentar Capital-related petitions and cases continue to flourish.  To wit, ZTE pulled the trigger on a few inter partes reviews (IPRs) against some of the WSOU patents asserted against them, showing a little backbone against the frequent assertor; Verizon has continued to trickle out the IPRs against Huawei; Gree earned another few denials under the Board’s discretion (and have now on a per-named-entity basis probably the biggest beneficiaries of it).  New NPE of unknown origin Sidekick Technology, LLC was DJ’d by a band of online car sales sites in 2:21-cv-06737 over 12 patents; and the same time that Samsung won some IPRs against Solas OLED, the Magnetar-backed entity hit them back (again) in District court.

Fracking IPRs Kicked Despite Plentiful Evidence of Likely Albright Trial-Date Delay: In a competitor-competitor Western District-plus-IPR fight over fracking, the Board exercised its Fintiv discretion to deny institution in March over an aspirational October trial date from an Albright scheduling order, despite lengthy evidence both of chronic delays in that court (which has yet to have a trial on “schedule”, and which saw a five-month increase in time-to-trial in 2020) AND specific evidence that the case before Judge Albright would likely be consolidated and moved back to accommodate the later-filed actions.  The Board found such evidence unavailing, finding the October date effectively dispositive, and setting another big patent trial into the ever-growing queue at the Courthouse doors. Nine Energy Service Inc. v. NCS Multistage Inc., IPR2020-01615, U.S. Patent 10,465,445.

Irish Rhapsody: The Magnetar Capital-funded Irish NPEs continue to roll with big-ticket litigation, and seem to have monetized well in some of their rounds (Solas OLED) and less so in others (Datascape), but obviously, people vote with their feet and their wallets—and Magnetar, now that they’ve had a taste, show no sign of slowing down.  They’ve recently acquired another 120 patents to a certain Scaramoge Tech. Ltd.  I’m no betting man and I’m just an outside observer here, but I’d bet $20 to $1 that Scaramoge launches either an ITC complaint, a big district court assertion campaign, or both, and I’ll bet it provokes either a slew of challenges or a slew of settlements that help fuel future speculative assertions.

Dying on the Vine: In a merits-denial in case between Gallo wine (the cheap college jug-o-wine go-to) and Vineyard Investigations, on the other hand, the Board judge labored through the detailed merits of the petition, finding that Gallo’s arguments were, while plentiful, weak and lacking in merit; having fully reviewed the merits and denied on them, the Board disregarded the arguments related to discretionary denial factors.  IPR2021-00077.

Conflict, Adverse: The scope and effect of adverse judgment versus the withdrawal of a petition or other alternative forms of termination continues to be hammered out at the Board.  In one interesting procedural case, IPR2020-00388, uniQure N.V. and UniQure Biopharma B.V. disclaimed most of the challenged claims prior to institution (something I’ve done in private practice) as a potential way to stave off institution, disclaiming claims 6 and 9–13 (dependent claims 14 and 15 were likewise challenged).  The gambit failed, with the Board instituting on 14 and 15.  The uniQure entities filed multiple motions to amend, and after the guidance from the Board came back in a way they didn’t like, contacted the Board to request adverse judgment on the remaining claims 14 and 15, but also to debate the scope of such an adverse judgment—did it cover the earlier-disclaimed claims, or just the instituted ones?

The Board reasonably ruled the estoppel effects of the Adverse Judgment didn’t apply to the earlier-disclaimed claims, just to claims 14 and 15.  Presumably, UniQure walked away from the more generic, possibly indefensible claims; but the limitations therein might have been found in the rest of their portfolio, and caused estoppel problems.  Interestingly, Arthrex held that the Board could extend estoppel to disclaimed claims, but the Board distinguished it here as a little discretionary.  Limiting estoppel to just claims 14 and 15 served to end the current challenge without enlarging it unintentionally beyond the bounds of the challenge.

                                    PTAB (72)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00706 Filed ARC Medical Design Limited [Norgine B.V.] MEDIVATORS INC 10722103
IPR2021-00693 Filed Koss Corp Apple Inc 10469934
IPR2021-00731 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 8214710
PGR2021-00071 Filed Jhunjhunwala Sachin AAVN, Inc. 10689782
IPR2021-00725 Filed Philip Morris USA Inc R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company 6803545
IPR2021-00705 Filed Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC] Unified Patents, LLC 9042457
IPR2021-00647 Filed D3d Technologies Inc Microsoft Corporation 8384771
IPR2021-00648 Filed D3d Technologies Inc Microsoft Corporation 9349183
IPR2021-00707 Filed ARC Medical Design Limited [Norgine B.V.] MEDIVATORS INC 9808142
IPR2021-00688 Filed Spg Dry Cooling Usa LLC Evapco Dry Cooling, Inc 10527354
PGR2021-00070 Filed Powertec Solutions International, LLC Precision Power, LLC 10714954
IPR2021-00729 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 8023990
IPR2021-00616 Filed Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 8121111
IPR2021-00732 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8731124
IPR2021-00686 Filed Koss Corp Apple, Inc 10491982
IPR2021-00679 Filed Koss Corp Apple, Inc 10506325
IPR2021-00622 Filed National Products Inc. Innovative Intelligent Products, LLC d/b/a GPS Lockbox 9706026
IPR2021-00677 Filed Joled Inc. Samsung Display Co., Ltd. 10198992
IPR2021-00687 Filed Spg Dry Cooling Usa LLC Evapco Dry Cooling, Inc 10551126
IPR2021-00701 Filed Proven Networks LLC [RAK Investments III, LLC, Russ August & Kabat, Larry Russ, Jules Kabat] F5 Networks, Inc. 7877786
IPR2021-00730 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10193600
IPR2021-00695 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings] ZTE Corporation
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (TX), Inc
8147071
IPR2021-00678 Filed Sisvel S.P.A. [Fineur Int’l S.A] TCT Mobile US Inc.
TCT Mobile US Holdings Inc.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
TCT Mobile International Limited
TCT Mobile Inc
8971279
IPR2021-00671 Filed Nabors Drilling Techs. USA, Inc. Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Co. 8510081
IPR2021-00675 Filed Commvault Systems, Inc. Rubrik, Inc. 10248657
IPR2021-00623 Filed National Products Inc. Innovative Intelligent Products, LLC d/b/a GPS Lockbox 10454515
IPR2021-00617 Filed Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc. Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 8983288
IPR2021-00694 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings] ZTE Corporation
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (TX), Inc
7489929
IPR2021-00696 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings] ZTE Corporation
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (TX), Inc
8179960
IPR2021-00724 Filed Illinois Tool Works, Inc. TERMAX LLC 10683882
IPR2020-01657 Not Instituted – Merits International Business Machines Corporation Zillow Group, Inc.
Zillow, Inc.
7072849
IPR2020-01742 Not Instituted – Merits United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 10013605
IPR2020-01658 Not Instituted – Merits International Business Machines Corporation Zillow Group, Inc.
Zillow, Inc.
7072849
IPR2020-01667 Not Instituted – Merits Mexichem Amanco Holding S.A. de C.V. The Chemours Company FC, LLC 8633340
CBM2020-00027 Not Instituted – Merits VideoShare, LLC Google LLC 10362341
IPR2020-01575 Not Instituted – Merits Treefrog Developments, Inc. Fellowes, Inc. 8393466
IPR2020-01543 Not Instituted – Merits Treefrog Developments, Inc. Fellowes, Inc. 8564950
IPR2020-01566 Not Instituted – Merits Safe Rack LLC Tri-Arc LLC 10358871
IPR2020-01615 Not Instituted – Procedural NCS Multistage Inc. Nine Energy Services Inc. 10465445
CBM2020-00026 Not Instituted – Procedural Payrange, Inc
Prong, Inc.
Kiosoft Technologies, LLC
Techtrex, Inc.,
9659296
IPR2021-00086 Not Instituted – Procedural Payrange, Inc
Prong, Inc.
Kiosoft Technologies, LLC
Techtrex, Inc.,
9659296
IPR2021-00077 Not Instituted – Merits Vineyard Investigations E. & J. Gallo Winery 6947810
IPR2020-01619 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10413832
IPR2020-01020 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies LLC [Arbor Company LLP, FRG

FG SRC LLC, Freeman Capital Partners LP]

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
RE42035
IPR2020-01648 Instituted Enventure Global Technology, Inc. [Halliburton] Weatherford U.S., LP 7290616
IPR2021-00066 Instituted The Regents of the University of California New World Medical, Inc. 9999544
IPR2020-01558 Instituted DSM IP Assets BV [Koninklijke DSM NV] Honeywell International, Inc. 10557690
IPR2020-01649 Instituted Colibri Heart Valve LLC Edwards LifeSciences Corporation 9125739
CBM2020-00029 Instituted Jason K. Smith d/b/a Dust Bowl Tiz Inc. d/b/a/ Provi 10467585
IPR2021-00391 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company LLP, FRG

FG SRC LLC, Freeman Capital Partners LP]

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. RE42035
IPR2020-01580 Instituted Enventure Global Technology, Inc. [Halliburton] Weatherford U.S., LP 6409175
IPR2018-00708 Adverse Judgment Pro Stage Gear, LLC Donner Technology, LLC 6459023
IPR2020-00388 Adverse Judgment uniQure N.V.
Uniqure Biopharma B.V.,
Pfizer, Inc. 9249405
IPR2019-01627 Final Written Decision 4361423 Canada Inc. Square, Inc. 8281998
IPR2020-00152 Final Written Decision Rex Medical L.P. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 9439650
IPR2020-00051 Final Written Decision Ethicon, Inc. [Johnson & Johnson] Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 9844379
IPR2019-01657 Final Written Decision Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. RE47614
IPR2020-00050 Final Written Decision Ethicon, Inc. . [Johnson & Johnson] Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 9844379
IPR2019-01668 Final Written Decision Solas Oled, Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung
Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
9256311
IPR2019-01625 Final Written Decision 4361423 Canada Inc. Square, Inc. 8286875

                         District Court (76)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-00104 Filed Solas OLED Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung Display Co., Ltd. 7499042
6072450
7663615
7446338
4:21-cv-00929 Filed KeyMed (Medical and Industrial Equipment) Limited

Arc Medical Design Ltd.

Cantel Medical Corp.
Medivators Inc.
9808142
10722103
6:21-cv-00281 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Cummins Inc. dba Cummins Engine Company, Inc. 6409599
6:21-cv-00285 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Wood Group USA, Inc.
John Wood Group plc
6409599
0:21-cv-60655 Filed OMM IMPORTS, INC. a Florida Corporation THE TOTAL AGENCY, LLC
ETERNO HOLDINGS LLC
Robert Meirovich
10821299
1:21-cv-00712 Filed EPITOPIX, LLC D/B/A VAXXINOVAUSA ELANCO ANIMAL HEALTH INCORPORATED 7943151
8282941
7943150
6:21-cv-00119 Filed LoganTree, LP Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd. 6059576
1:21-cv-00428 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge] Enphase Energy, Inc. 7567622
7154961
1:21-cv-00431 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Cetrix Technologies LLC 7106705
6651207
1:21-cv-00433 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Loud Audio, LLC 6651207
0:21-cv-00796 Filed Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10688046
6:21-cv-00295 Filed Pineapple34, LLC LG Corp. 7181252
7822387
1:21-cv-00363 Filed Mira Advanced Technology Systems Inc. GOOGLE, LLC
3:21-cv-02143 Filed Contour IP Holding, LLC [ION Contour] GoPro, Inc. 8896694
8890954
1:21-cv-00445 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Fortinet, Inc. RE42219
3:21-cv-06964 Filed Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ajanta Pharma 8663683
9555004
9549940
10314790
8298576
8298580
8877248
8889191
9622983
8992989
8:21-cv-00524 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vizio
1:21-cv-01497 Filed Salvus Medical, LLC Flexbar Machine Corporation dba Mediflex Surgical Products 9936943
6:21-cv-00279 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Aveva Inc.
Aveva Group plc
6409599
6:21-cv-00288 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC [Wildcat Licensing] Actions Microelectronics Co., Ltd. 8135342
9547981
1:21-cv-00425 Filed Astellas Pharma Cadila Healthcare
Teva Pharmaceutical
Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd.
Cadila Healthcare LTD. dba Zydus Cadila
Aurolife Pharma, LLC
et al.
10842780
1:21-cv-00426 Filed Forutome IP LLC [IP Edge] Lattice Semiconductor Corp. 6191607
1:21-cv-00434 Filed Sonohm Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Sangoma US, Inc. 7106705
6651207
1:21-cv-00367 Filed Mira Advanced Technology Systems Inc. GOOGLE, LLC
2:21-cv-02613 Filed American River Nutrition, LLC Kyani, Inc. 6350453
1:21-cv-01663 Filed Conair Corp. Barberium`s D905345
1:21-cv-00440 Filed Tekvoke, LLC [IP Edge] Cable One VoIP LLC.
Cable One, Inc. dba Sparklight
6687343
1:21-cv-00450 Filed Wave Linx LLC [IP Edge] ClearSlide, Inc. 8843549
1:21-cv-00451 Filed Gridley IP LLC [IP Edge] NeighborFavor Inc. dba Favor 8676668
9852435
2:21-cv-01443 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] NETRONIX GROUP, INC.
6:21-cv-00297 Filed VI Technologies, LLC [V-Com Tecbnology Inc.] Aerotech Mapping, Inc.
2:21-cv-00384 Filed INTERLINK PRODUCTS INTERNATIONAL, Inc. Kohler Co
1:21-cv-00411 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Ledvance Llc 8165867
6:21-cv-00280 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Bose Corp. 8165867
6:21-cv-00282 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Jabil Inc. 6409599
6:21-cv-00283 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] National Oilwell Varco 6409599
6:21-cv-00284 Filed Virtual Immersion Technologies [Equitable IP] Transocean Drilling (U.S.A.) Inc. 6409599
4:21-cv-00229 Filed Compression Vectors LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Cisco Systems, Inc. 6731813
3:21-cv-02001 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Slack Technologies 6546397
9928044
9471287
9063755
1:21-cv-00413 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] DrChrono, Inc. 8381309
1:21-cv-01621 Filed Otter Products, LLC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D808378
5:21-cv-00294 Filed General Plastics & Composites, L.P. Longbow Completion Services, LLC 9157288
6:21-cv-00290 Filed Rock Creek Networks, LLC Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd. 6671750
5:21-cv-00040 Filed Sable Networks, Inc.
Sable IP, LLC [unknown third party]
Splunk Services LLC
Splunk Inc.
7630358
8817790
8243593
1:21-cv-00430 Filed Magnacross [IP Edge] Iridium Satellite LLC 6917304
1:21-cv-21129 Filed OMM Imports, Inc. THE TOTAL AGENCY, LLC
ETERNO HOLDINGS LLC
Robert Meirovich
10821299
1:21-cv-00371 Filed Mira Advanced Technology Systems Inc. Google, LLC 10594854
1:21-cv-00448 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Wyze Labs, Inc. 9986435
2:21-cv-00616 Filed Alessio Pigazzi
Glenn Keilar, Xodus Medical
Tim Verlander
8:21-cv-00523 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vizio, Inc.
4:21-cv-01987 Filed Hantz Software, LLC Sage Intacct, Inc. 8055559
8055560
2:21-cv-02620 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Night Out, Inc. 10600101
1:21-cv-00429 Filed Magnacross [IP Edge] GLOBALSTAR USA, LLC 6917304
1:21-cv-00432 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Sonos 8165867
3:21-cv-00516 Filed DNA Genotek, Inc. Spectrum Solutions 10619187
8:21-cv-00712 Filed Xiaohua Huang Xbyte Technologies RE45259
4:21-cv-02141 Filed U.S. Cotton, LLC A to Z Beauty, LLC 7192630
1:21-cv-00443 Filed Evolve Interactive LLC [Endpoint IP] JetBlue Airways Corporation 7068596
1:21-cv-00444 Filed Evolve Interactive LLC [Endpoint IP] United Air Lines Inc. 7068596
1:21-cv-00446 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Gogo LLC [Gogo Incorporated] RE42219
8:21-cv-00525 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Vizio, Inc. 8165867
2:21-cv-00105 Filed Solas OLED Ltd. [Magentar Capital] Samsung Group 9292144
8526767
4:21-cv-00227 Filed Compression Vectors LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Axis Communications AB 6731813
8:21-cv-00554 Filed Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co., Ltd. TCL China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
TCL Technology Group Corporation
TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, Ltd.
Alcatel-Lucent S.A.
TTE Technology, Inc.
9208717
10777290
10680049
7372199
2:21-cv-00106 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] Meditab Software 8381309
8:21-cv-00698 Filed Xiaohua Huang Trifecta Networks LLC RE45259
2:21-cv-00079 Filed MMT, Inc. dba StormTree HIL Technology
Hydro International, plc
Hydro International, Inc.
10563392
8333885
2:21-cv-02626 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Tajima America Corporation 7917285
2:21-cv-00107 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] MEDHOST OF TENNESSEE, INC. 8381309
1:21-cv-00427 Filed Moxchange LLC [IP Edge] Western Digital 7233664
2:21-cv-06737 Filed Vroom, Inc.; Vroom Automotive, LLC,; Carstory, LLC; Vastcom, inc. Sidekick Technology, LLC 9141984
9626704
9460467
10140655
9123075
9147216
10223720
9665897
10223722
8744925
8650093
10796362
6:21-cv-00292 Filed LED Wafer Solutions LLC Samsung Group 9502612
9786822
8952405
8941137
6:21-cv-00293 Filed Pineapple34, LLC GOOGLE, LLC 7181252
8594076
6980150
7822387
1:21-cv-00447 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] FrontPoint Security Solutions, LLC 9986435
1:21-cv-00453 Filed Ifedoo Enigwe Amazon.com, Inc.
Author Solutions Inc.
2:21-cv-00526 Filed USADATA Incorporated DataWidget, LLC
E-Printwerx International LLC

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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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