Patent Filings Roundup: Acacia Gets Another Fintiv Boost; More Vape IPRs Filed; Adenovirus PGR Challenge; IP Edge Files Dozens of New Complaints

By Jonathan Stroud
April 8, 2021

IPRsDistrict court complaints rose to 93 this week, while Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) cases fell to 28 (27 IPRs [inter partes reviews] and a PGR [post grant review]), a number propped up in part by Google filing a number of petitions against serial assertor Express Mobile, LLC and ZTE filing a few more against the perennial WSOU. Additional Facebook petitions were denied against Western District of Texas assertor, Onstream Media Corporation; Google filed a spate of petitions against longtime serial assertor Express Mobile; and there were a not-surprising-but-still-remarkable number of IP Edge complaints filed last week, as seen below, from a wide range of subsidiaries.

Up in Smoke: R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. this week hit Altria Client Services with five IPRs provoked by a May 2020 suit in the Middle District of North Carolina on vaping technologies. It’s worth noting here that this is well within the one-year statutory deadline (by at least a month), but that cigarette companies have felt the heavy sting of Fintiv, further complicating the sprawling and big-dollar fight over vaping and smokeless tobacco technologies. British Tobacco and Philip Morris have both challenged patents held and asserted by Altria—a handful earning institution, but many being denied. It will be one to watch to see if the Board again invokes Fintiv here; R.J. Reynolds is repped by Jones Day.

Monarch [Acacia] Petitions Denied on Fintiv: I’ve been reading a fair bit of The Very Hungry Caterpillar to my son—instead, here, we have a situation where, despite being relatively hungry, Acacia-owned Monarch Networking Solutions, LLC keeps earning Fintiv denials, resulting in a four-patent suit steaming toward trial in the Western District. The patents originally came from Orange S.A., the French telecom company, who presumably keeps a backend on the results of the litigation here. The patents did have stop with foreign monetization entity Transpacific IP, and now there’s an ancillary dispute over patent ownership that might obscure the results of the trial. The most recent Fintiv denial is IPR2020-01678 and demonstrates yet again that the biggest beneficiaries of the Fintiv rule have been NPEs, capital funders, and frequent assertors like Uniloc, Acacia and Fortress IP.

Blue Genes: A developing dispute between biotechnology gene therapy companies in North Dakota and IP spun out from University of Pennsylvania took another turn last week when the university (and their spun-out company, who acquired the IP originally from a partnership with GlaxoSmithKline) filed an early PGR of the patent at issue, which is related to AAV8 viral vectors and Adenovirus treatments. The PGR, 2021-00073, without getting into the details of the underlying dispute, is evidence of the narrow Venn diagram of when a PGR makes fiscal and legal sense under the current regime—where a patent has issued and immediately provoked litigation, such that the parties can establish standing on appeal, and it is worth the higher cost and risk of increased estoppel because of various Section 112 or Section 101 challenges the parties might want to include. It’s the rare case where such early action is warranted, and proves out why parties aren’t filing in other cases, where the stars aren’t so aligned.

                                  PTAB (28)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00739 Filed UNM Rainforest Innovations [University of New Mexico, poss. third-party litigation funders, ITRI, Sino Matrix Technology, Inc.] ZyXEL Communications Corporation 8249204
IPR2021-00733 Filed Ecofasten Solar, LLC UNIRAC, INC 10676929
IPR2021-00726 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00713 Filed Flexiworld Technologies, Inc. Roku, Inc. 10740066
IPR2021-00702 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] STMicroElectronics, Inc. 6651134
IPR2021-00741 Filed UNM Rainforest Innovations [University of New Mexico, poss. third-party litigation funders, ITRI, Sino Matrix Technology, Inc.] ZyXEL Communications Corporation 8565326
IPR2021-00747 Filed Altria Client Services LLC [Altria Group, Inc.] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company 10588357
IPR2021-00674 Filed Commvault Systems, Inc. Rubrik, Inc. 9740723
IPR2021-00711 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 9928044
IPR2021-00710 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 9471287
IPR2021-00709 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 9063755
PGR2021-00073 Filed The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and REGENXBIO Passage Bio, Inc 10695441
IPR2021-00704 Filed Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] STMicroelectronics, Inc. 6534805
IPR2021-00745 Filed Altria Client Services LLC [Altria Group, Inc.] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company 10485269
IPR2021-00631 Filed Viavi Solutions Inc. Platinum Optics Tech. Inc. 9354369
IPR2021-00742 Filed Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well Corporation 8780165
IPR2021-00697 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings, Inc.] ZTE Corporation
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (TX), Inc
9294060
IPR2021-00749 Filed Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well 10471588
IPR2021-00746 Filed Altria Client Services LLC [Altria Group, Inc.] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. 10492541
IPR2021-00728 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00698 Filed WSOU Investments LLC D/B/A Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings, Inc.] ZTE Corporation
ZTE (USA), Inc
ZTE (TX), Inc
7203505
IPR2021-00743 Filed Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well 9602765
IPR2021-00744 Filed Altria Client Services LLC [Altria Group, Inc.] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. 10299517
IPR2021-00699 Filed WSOU Investments LLC D/B/A Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings, Inc.] ZTE Corporation 7742534
IPR2021-00748 Filed Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well 8179418
IPR2021-00700 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 6546397
IPR2021-00734 Filed UNM Rainforest Innovations [University of New Mexico, poss. third-party litigation funders, ITRI, Sino Matrix Technology, Inc.] ZyXEL Communications Corporation 8265096
IPR2021-00727 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2020-01508 Not Instituted – Merits Onstream Media Corporation Facebook, Inc. 9161068
IPR2020-01507 Not Instituted – Merits Onstream Media Corporation Facebook, Inc. 9161068
IPR2020-01678 Not Instituted – Procedural Monarch Networking Solutions LLC [Acacia Research Corporation] Cisco Systems, Inc. 8451844
IPR2020-01485 Not Instituted – Procedural The Hillman Group, Inc. Keyme, LLC 10400474
IPR2020-01630 Instituted NXP USA, Inc Impinj, Inc. 6680523
IPR2020-01607 Instituted Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation MediaTek, Inc.
MediaTek USA, Inc.
7242720
IPR2020-01602 Instituted RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. [British American Tobacco] Philip Morris Products, S.A. 9901123
IPR2019-01659 Final Written Decision Elekta, Inc. [Elekta AB] Zap Surgical Systems, Inc. 7295648
IPR2020-00001 Final Written Decision Southern Visions, LLP Red Diamond, Inc. 9549634
IPR2019-01613 Final Written Decision Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 8004389
IPR2019-01612 Final Written Decision Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 7589642
IPR2019-01640 Final Written Decision Kamstrup A/S Axioma Metering UAB 8806957
IPR2020-01059 Procedural Termination Solas OLED Limited [Magnetar Capital] Apple, Inc
Samsung Display Co., Ltd.
Dell, Inc.
6072450
IPR2019-01662 Final Written Decision Southern Visions, LLP Red Diamond, Inc. 9725232
IPR2019-01629 Final Written Decision 4361423 Canada Inc. Square, Inc. 9269084
IPR2019-01671 Final Written Decision Southern Visions, LLP Red Diamond, Inc. 9468330
IPR2019-01661 Final Written Decision Southern Visions, LLP Red Diamond, Inc. 9468222
IPR2020-01672 Procedural Termination Management Science Associates, Inc. Datavant, Inc. 9614814

                        District Court (93)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:21-cv-00461 Filed International Business Machines, Corp. Ebates Inc. dba Rakuten
Rakuten
Rakuten Commerce, LLC
6785676
7072849
7631346
7543234
3:21-cv-00213 Filed Innovations, LLC Dub-L-Seat, LLC
John Thomason
10407139
6:21-cv-00305 Filed Proven Networks, LLC [RAK Investments, Russ, August, & Kabat LLP, possibly Magnetar Capital] Juniper Networks 8018852
8165024
8687573
1:21-cv-00464 Filed Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Akebia Therapeutics, Inc.
FibroGen, Inc.
AstraZeneca
8466172
8318703
8604013
8609646
8614204
10882827
8629131
10626090
10927081
10894774
9920011
8604012
2:21-cv-00453 Filed North Atlantic Imports, LLC Big Horn Outdoors, LLC
Shinerich International
10327588
10327589
2:21-cv-01395 Filed Wave Linx LLC [IP Edge] Wildix, Inc. 8843549
2:21-cv-00111 Filed Firtiva Corporation Funimation Global Group, LLC 10116999
1:21-cv-00477 Filed Keter Luxembourg Sarl Home Products International – North America, Inc. D776926
1:21-cv-00484 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Hawaiian Telcom Holdco, Inc. 6970706
1:21-cv-00485 Filed Realm Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Asana, Inc. 6330573
6324551
8:21-cv-00770 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] 3CX USA Corp. 8861512
9369575
9173154
9591551
3:21-cv-05230 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Logitech, S.A. 6711204
2:21-cv-00120 Filed Solas OLED Ltd. [Magentar Capital] BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
Beijing BOE Display Technology Co., Ltd.
7663615
1:21-cv-00489 Filed United Timber Corp.
Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
ANI Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 7417070
9422223
9050311
9393203
9593066
8410169
7544713
9278901
8349892
8252839
8747897
9604901
2:21-cv-00203 Filed Koss Skullcandy 10491982
10469934
10368155
10206025
10506325
5:21-cv-02185 Filed Proven Networks, LLC LLC [RAK Investments, Russ, August, & Kabat LLP, possibly Magnetar Capital] Barracuda Networks, Inc. 8165024
7877786
6:21-cv-00301 Filed Xylon Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Plains Capital Corporation 8719165
6:21-cv-00304 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
1:21-cv-00467 Filed Quartz Auto Technologies LLC Lyft, Inc. 7007013
9691275
6944443
7958215
6847871
6:21-cv-00569 Filed Forutome IP LLC [IP Edge] Catapult Sports, LLC 6191607
8:21-cv-00760 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Toll Brothers, Inc. 9986435
0:21-cv-60693 Filed Xiaohua Huang Triton Datacom Online, Inc. RE45259
1:21-cv-01275 Filed Unwired Asset Management LLC Twilio, Inc. 8768756
1:21-cv-00697 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Kourt Security Partners, LLC dba SELECT SECURITY 9986435
1:21-cv-00699 Filed Gridley IP LLC [IP Edge] DoorDash, Inc. 8676668
9852435
2:21-cv-00110 Filed United Service Automobile Association PNC BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 10013605
10013681
2:21-cv-00116 Filed Longhorn HD LLC. Oracle 6711012
6734597
6938104
6237112
6549400
6496364
1:21-cv-00483 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Phone.com, Inc. 6970706
1:21-cv-00486 Filed Fairway IP LLC [IP Edge] SonicWALL 7184405
1:21-cv-00487 Filed Tekvoke, LLC [IP Edge] Jive Software, Inc. 6687343
3:21-cv-00747 Filed Zavala Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Leax Arkivator Telecom USA Inc, 6684086
6:21-cv-00316 Filed VI Technologies, LLC Merrick & Company 7212938
8994822
9389298
8483960
7725258
7127348
2:21-cv-00677 Filed Jean Markham Stallard kelly Family Trusts
Model Software Corporation
6:21-cv-00321 Filed Q Technologies, Inc. Neutron Holdings, Inc. DBA Lime 9635108
10594774
10567473
3:21-cv-00216 Filed ThroughPuter, Inc. Microsoft 10430242
10620998
9632833
10963306
10133599
10437644
10310902
10318353
9424090
8:21-cv-00587 Filed Terrestrial Comms LLC Razer USA, Ltd. 7411552
6519290
6973133
7193563
4:21-cv-00258 Filed Gravel Rating Systems LLC Kohl`s, Inc. 7590636
4:21-cv-00259 Filed Gravel Rating Systems LLC McAfee, LLC 7590636
1:21-cv-21197 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Sky Devices, LLC RE42219
6:21-cv-00300 Filed Xylon Licensing LLC [IP Edge] WoodForest Financial Group, Inc. 8719165
4:21-cv-02241 Filed Oyster Optics, LLC Atlantis Silverworks, Inc. 6469816
7620327
6594055
6476952
1:21-cv-00698 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Vector Security, Inc. 9986435
1:21-cv-00213 Filed Gridley IP LLC [IP Edge] Instacart, LLC 8676668
9852435
3:21-cv-00733 Filed Riggs Technology Holdings, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] Salesforce.com 7299067
1:21-cv-00283 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Toyota 9300723
2:21-cv-00112 Filed Longhorn HD LLC Microchip Technology 6938104
2:21-cv-00113 Filed Koninklijke KPN N.V. Corp. Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson Co.
Ericsson, Inc.
1:21-cv-00474 Filed Sapphire Crossing LLC [IP Edge] Wave Financial USA Inc. 6891633
1:21-cv-00479 Filed Sapphire Crossing LLC [IP Edge] Workday, Inc. 6891633
1:21-cv-02780 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Sharp Corporation 7187706
3:21-cv-00484 Filed Seiko
Epson America, Inc.
Shuping Hong Hurley
Xuming Hong
E TOP, LLC
6955422
8794749
8454116
3:21-cv-00746 Filed Zavala Licensing LLC [IP Edge] INNO Instrument America Inc. 6684086
1:21-cv-00397 Filed ThroughPuter, Inc. Microsoft 10430242
10620998
9632833
10963306
10133599
10437644
10310902
10318353
9424090
2:21-cv-00121 Filed Solas OLED Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd.
Beijing BOE Display Technology Co., Ltd.
7499042
7663615
1:21-cv-00457 Filed VoiceAge EVS, LLC XIAOMI CORP.
Xiaomi Inc.
Xiaomi HK, Ltd.
Xiaomi Communications Co., Ltd.
8825475
9852741
7693710
8401843
8990073
0:21-cv-00863 Filed Condair Group AG Dri-Steem Corporation 10634372
1:21-cv-00209 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Advantech Corp. RE42219
1:21-cv-00210 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Zebra Technologies RE42219
4:21-cv-01033 Filed Vulcan Industrial Holdings, LLC
Cizion, LLC d/b/a Vulcan Industrial Manufacturing, LLC
Vulcan Energy Services, LLC
Kerr Machine Co. 10962001
6:21-cv-00303 Filed Xylon Licensing LLC [IP Edge] First Texas Bancorp, Inc. 8719165
2:21-cv-00108 Filed Transcend Shipping Systems, LLC ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, Ltd. 7253731
10796268
7482920
9847029
10181109
1:21-cv-02711 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Skillshare, INC.
2:21-cv-01393 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Constellation NewEnergy, Inc. 9986435
2:21-cv-00115 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [IP Edge] ATOS SE 6938104
6734597
6549400
2:21-cv-00117 Filed Ramrod Licensing LLC [IP Edge] AT&T, Inc. 9237427
1:21-cv-00481 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Coolpad Technologies, Inc. 7187706
1:21-cv-02773 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Blackberry, Ltd. 7187706
1:21-cv-02781 Filed Sapphire Crossing LLC [IP Edge] Nagarro, Inc. 6891633
6:21-cv-00314 Filed VI Technologies, LLC LG Corp. 7925114
6928194
9389298
8483960
9797980
7725258
1:21-cv-01759 Filed Kurita America Inc. BASF Corp.
BASF Enzymes, LLC
Illinois River Energy, LLC, d/b/a CHS Ethanol
8609399
8415137
1:21-cv-00797 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Agnik, LLC 9261365
6:21-cv-00320 Filed Quick Fitting Holding Company, LLC Essen Tech Co. LTD 10180202
9322496
8480134
1:21-cv-00459 Filed Implicit, LLC [Edward Balanassian] Fortinet, Inc. 8856779
10033839
9270790
10027780
9591104
8694683
9325740
8056075
4:21-cv-01017 Filed Cameron International Corp. Nitro Fluids, L.L.C. 10385645
9915132
6:21-cv-00302 Filed Xylon Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Lone Star National Bancshares, Inc. 8719165
6:21-cv-00306 Filed Pineapple34, LLC Dell Technologies Inc. 6697251
7068499
7181252
6:21-cv-00307 Filed Kerr Machine Co. Cizion, LLC DBA Vulcan Industrial Manufacturing
Vulcan Industrial Holdings, LLC
Vulcan Energy Services, LLC
10962001
1:21-cv-21202 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] General Security, Inc. 9986435
1:21-cv-01271 Filed D Cut Products, Inc. William M. Bird and Co., Inc. 10814510
6:21-cv-00308 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC Optoma Corp. 8135342
9547981
6:21-cv-00309 Filed William Grecia Paypal, Inc.
2:21-cv-02756 Filed Seiko
Epson Portland, Inc.
Epson America, Inc.
Bernard Khachi
Vision Imaging Supplies, Inc.
Raymond Khachi
8454116
8:21-cv-00594 Filed Sockeye Licensing TX, LLC Aaxa Technologies, Inc. 8135342
9547981
2:21-cv-00114 Filed Longhorn HD LLC LSI Corp. 6938104
1:21-cv-00478 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Barracuda Networks, Inc. 7187706
1:21-cv-00480 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] KVH Industries, Inc. 7187706
1:21-cv-02782 Filed Celebration IP LLC [IP Edge] Varta Microbattery, Inc. 6346795
0:21-cv-00901 Filed Dango Products, LLC Free Trail
Muradin
Haycover
John Doe
Neverland Motor
et al.
D887708
D868463
D866964
6:21-cv-00313 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Toyota 9300723
6:21-cv-00315 Filed Pop Top Corp. Amazon.com, Inc. 7966623
10866713
6:21-cv-00318 Filed VI Technologies, LLC Woolpert, Inc. 7212938
8994822
9389298
8483960
7725258
7127348
6:21-cv-00319 Filed Panasonic Corp. Magna International, Inc. 10673149
6970184
10615516
6912001
1:21-cv-00402 Filed Aperture IP LLC [IP Edge] FrontPoint Security 7598580

 

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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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  1. Dan Shores April 8, 2021 6:50 pm

    Thanks, Jonathan. Great post and appreciate all of your thought leadership.

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