Patent Filings Roundup: VLSI Judgment Patents Challenged; Dozens of NPE-Semiconductor Patents Instituted; Nanotechnology Solar Panel Litigation Kicks Off

By Jonathan Stroud
June 17, 2021

patent filingsIt seems non-practicing entity (NPE) semiconductor/chip litigation has really come to dominate both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and the district courts’ dockets this past year. Another average week at the PTAB saw 26 patent filings (five post grant reviews [PGRs] and 21 inter partes reviews [IPRs]), and the district courts saw another heavy week, with 89 new complaints. A slew of IPR challenges on chip patents owned and asserted by Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] were instituted; Google, Samsung and LG were denied institution on IPR challenges for five litigation-related patents under Fintiv and a Waco-division Western District of Texas trial date; a slew of IPRs against NPE Bell Semiconductor, LLC [owned by Hilco d/b/a Hilco Global] were instituted; Qualcomm earned a few more institutions against the Vector Capital Corp.-NPE Monterey Research; and Huawei earned institutions against some of the dozen or so patents Craig Etchegoyen’s WSOU entities asserted against them before Judge Albright in the Waco division of the Western District of Texas. In district court, Raymond Anthony Joao has another new entity suing smallish companies, this time medical records companies, and there was another flurry of suits from Cedar Lane and others.

 VLSI Billion Dollar Judgment Patents Challenged—the two patents that led to a $2.18 billion judgment by litigation-funded NPE VLSI (run by Fortress IP) have been challenged in IPR by unknown entity OpenSky Industries, LLC. The patents were previously challenged on similar grounds in IPR by defendant Intel and denied under the Board’s Fintiv discretionary denial line; the new entity pleads no connection to Intel and notes that this time around, no Fintiv considerations apply.

 New NPE Files Against Dozens of Foreign Solar Panel Companies—Advanced Silicon Group Technologies, LLC, a holding company of Advanced Silicon Group — not to be confused with older NPE Advanced Silicon Technologies, LLC — has sued dozens in three new suits on patents covering nanostructured silicone chip sensors, generally related to photovoltaic solar panels. The suits span 14 defendants and at least six patents, U.S. Patent Nos. 8,450,599, 8,852,981, 9,601,640, 9,768,331, 10,269,995, and 10,692,971.

PTAB (26)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-01056 Filed VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] OpenSky Industries, LLC 7523373
PGR2021-00092 Filed Bitglass, Inc. Netskope, Inc. 10855671
IPR2021-00979 Filed RFCyber Corp. [Rich House Global Tech Ltd;
Shenzhen Rfcyber Asset Management LLP]
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
8118218
IPR2021-01046 Filed Bitglass, Inc. Netskope, Inc. 10757090
IPR2021-01049 Filed Organovo, Inc. Cellink AB 9149952
IPR2021-01069 Filed Alcon Inc. Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc. 9456925
IPR2021-01064 Filed VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] OpenSky Industries, LLC 7725759
IPR2021-00978 Filed Rich House Global Tech Ltd
Shenzhen Rfcyber Asset Management LLP [RFCyber Corp.]
Samsung Electronics America, Inc. 8448855
IPR2021-01043 Filed Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Co
Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC
MOTIVE Drilling Technologies, Inc.
10672154
IPR2021-00980 Filed RFCyber Corp. [Rich House Global Tech Ltd;
Shenzhen Rfcyber Asset Management LLP]
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
9189787
IPR2021-01045 Filed Bitglass, Inc. Netskope, Inc. 10757090
IPR2021-01090 Filed Demaray LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 7544276
IPR2021-01052 Filed Ecofactor, Inc. Ecobee, Inc. 10534382
IPR2021-01029 Filed Japan Display Inc. Tianma Micro-electronics Co., Ltd. 9310654
PGR2021-00091 Filed Bitglass, Inc. Netskope, Inc. 10855671
IPR2021-00972 Filed AliveCor Inc Apple, Inc 10638941
IPR2021-00970 Filed AliveCor Inc Apple, Inc 9572499
PGR2021-00093 Filed Payrange, Inc. Kiosoft Technologies, LLC
Techtrex, Inc.
10891614
IPR2021-01092 Filed ToT Power Control, SL [TOP Optimized Technologies SL] Ericsson, Inc. 7532865
IPR2021-01053 Filed Alcon Inc. Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc. 9427356
PGR2021-00085 Filed VA-Q-TEC AG Pelican Biothermal, LLC 10766685
IPR2021-01091 Filed Demaray LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 7381657
IPR2021-01050 Filed Organovo, Inc. Cellink AB 9855369
IPR2021-00971 Filed AliveCor Inc Apple, Inc 10595731
PGR2021-00095 Filed YAQI LYU Sattler Tech Corp D910645
IPR2021-01028 Filed Japan Display Inc.;
Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co, Ltd.
Tianma Micro-electronics Co., Ltd. 9793299
IPR2021-00235 Not Instituted – Merits Guntert & Zimmerman Const. Div., Inc. Godbersen-Smith Construction Company d/b/a Gomaco Corporation 10196101
IPR2021-00283 Not Instituted – Merits One-E-Way, Inc. Apple, Inc 8131391
IPR2021-00124 Not Instituted – Merits XRS Corp
Xerox Corporation
Platform Science, Inc. 7043365
IPR2021-00294 Not Instituted – Merits Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
7274321
IPR2021-00287 Not Instituted – Merits One-E-Way, Inc. Apple, Inc 10129627
IPR2021-00285 Not Instituted – Merits One-E-Way, Inc. Apple, Inc 10468047
IPR2021-00284 Not Instituted – Merits One-E-Way, Inc. Apple, Inc 10468047
IPR2021-00295 Not Instituted – Merits Nevro Corp. Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
9002461
IPR2021-00286 Not Instituted – Merits One-E-Way, Inc. Apple, Inc 10129627
IPR2021-00204 Not Instituted – Procedural Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.]
Google LLC 8874554
IPR2021-00205 Not Instituted – Procedural Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.]
Google LLC 8874554
IPR2021-00570 Not Instituted – Procedural Ancora Technologies, Inc. HTC Corporation
HTC America, Inc.
6411941
IPR2021-00306 Not Instituted – Procedural Cytonome/ST, LLC ABS Global, Inc.
Genus PLC
10689210
IPR2021-00319 Not Instituted – Procedural [Oyster Optics LLC

Techquity, L.P., Techquity Capital Management, LLC, TQ Gamma LLC]

Cisco Systems, Inc. 6665500
IPR2021-00581 Not Instituted – Procedural Ancora Technologies, Inc LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics USA, Inc
6411941
IPR2021-00120 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Qualcomm Incorporated 7572727
IPR2020-01570 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] Xilinx, Inc
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
RE42035
IPR2020-01567 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] Xilinx, Inc 7126214
IPR2021-00231 Instituted JBF Interlude 2009 Ltd. [JBF Interlude 2009 – Israel] Quibi Holdings, LLC 10418066
IPR2021-00268 Instituted Trustees of Dartmouth College Thorne Research, Inc. 8383086
IPR2021-00180 Instituted Bell Semiconductor, LLC [Hilco d/b/a Hilco Global] Advanced Semicondutor Engineering, Inc., 6624007
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.
Sony Mobile Communications AB
6411941
IPR2021-00266 Instituted Natera, Inc Progenity, Inc 9424392
IPR2020-01568 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] Xilinx, Inc 7282951
IPR2021-00736 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 7282951
IPR2021-00222 Instituted WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings LLC] Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 6882627
PGR2021-00012 Instituted Wangs Alliance Corporation D/B/A Wac Lighting Co. Cast Lightning, LLC 10571101
IPR2021-00228 Instituted WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings LLC] Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Huawei Device USA Inc.
Huawei Technologies USA, Inc.
Huawei Investment & Holding Co Ltd
Huawei Device (Shenzhen) Co.,Ltd.
8249446
IPR2021-00735 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 7126214
IPR2021-00279 Instituted Natera, Inc. Gene Secuirty Network Progenity, Inc 10227652
IPR2021-00190 Instituted Ultravision Technologies, LLC Shenzhen AOTO Electronics Co., Ltd. 9047791
IPR2021-00226 Instituted WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development  [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings LLC] Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 8200224
IPR2021-00267 Instituted Natera, Inc Progenity, Inc 10240202
IPR2021-00121 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Qualcomm Incorporated 7977797
IPR2021-00237 Instituted Intellectual Pixels Limited Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 10681109
IPR2021-00737 Instituted Arbor Global Strategies, LLC [Arbor Company, LLP] Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. RE42035
IPR2021-00223 Instituted WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development  [Craig Etchegoyen, WSOU Holdings LLC] Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. 7095713
IPR2021-00663 Settlement Ancora Technologies, Inc Sony Mobile Communications AB
Sony Mobile Communications, INC
Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Corporation
6411941
IPR2019-00407 Adverse Judgment Board of Regents, The University of Texas System Ethicon, Inc. 7033603
IPR2021-00966 Final Written Decision Bell Semiconductor, LLC [Hilco d/b/a Hilco Global] Nxp B.V.
NXP USA, Inc
NXP Semiconductors N.V.
8049340
PGR2020-00001 Final Written Decision ANLI Spring Co., Ltd.
Hsien-Te Huang
Dong Guan Leafy Windoware Co. Ltd., 10174547

District Court (86)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:21-cv-00832 Filed MatTek Corporation
Cellink LLC
Cellink AB
Visikol, Inc
Organovo, Inc.
1:21-cv-10954 Filed Teva Pharmaceutical
Teva Pharmaceuticals International GmbH
Eli Lilly & Co.
6:21-cv-00575 Filed Mirror Imaging [Mirror Imaging LLC] United Service Automobile Association 10013435
10262009
10402447
9928275
2:21-cv-00450 Filed E-Z Dock, Inc. Golden Manufacturing, Inc. dba Golden Boat Lifts
Snap Dock, LLC
8256366
7069872
7918178
6:21-cv-00580 Filed Pineapple34, LLC [George Andrew Gordon entities] Acer, Inc. 7181252
6697251
1:21-cv-22138 Filed Shenzhen Changyu Technology Co Ltd. Individuals, Partnerships, and Unincorporated Associations identified on Schedule A D878058
6:21-cv-00587 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Humax Co., LTD. 7827581
9344183
6:21-cv-00590 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Sophos 7827581
9344183
3:21-cv-00372 Filed Quest Packaging LLC Lin Cheng D911835
2:21-cv-00210 Filed Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises] Hisense Co. Ltd. 6877038
10039144
8902871
9357441
1:21-cv-00843 Filed ZAMBON SPA
Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A.
MDD US Operations, LLC
Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc.
Zenara Pharma Private Limited
MSN LABORATORIES PVT., LTD.
Optimus Pharma Pvt. Ltd.
RK Pharma, Inc.
et al.
8283380
8278485
8076515
2:21-cv-02388 Filed Millennium Outdoors The Wise Company, Inc. D727047
D727046
4:21-cv-00445 Filed Magnacharge LLC [Equitable IP] Urban Outfitters, Inc.
4:21-cv-04514 Filed Advanced Silicon Group Technologies, LLC Canadian Solar (USA) Inc.
CANADIAN SOLAR MANUFACTURING VIETNAM CO. LTD
RECURRENT ENERGY LLC
CANADIAN SOLAR INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
CANADIAN SOLAR MANUFACTURING (THAILAND) CO. LTD
et al.
1:21-cv-03166 Filed LKQ Corporation
KEYSTONE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES INC
KIA Motors America, Inc.
Kia Motors Corp
1:21-cv-00844 Filed DRIT LP Glaxo Group, Ltd.
Human Genome Sciences, Inc.
1:21-cv-05205 Filed Samsung Group Solas OLED Ltd.
NEODRON LTD. [Magentar Capital, Atlantic IP]
3:21-cv-00141 Filed Brice Environmental ServicesCorporation Arcadis U.S., Inc.
6:21-cv-00600 Filed AML IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. 6876979
6:21-cv-00603 Filed Smart Mobile Technologies LLC Apple 8472937
9019946
9191083
8472936
9049119
9756168
8982863
8761739
8442501
9614943
8824434
8842653
9319075
1:21-cv-00830 Filed Be Labs, Inc. BRK Brands, Inc. 7827581
9344183
6:21-cv-00577 Filed Mirror Imaging LLC TruWest Credit Union 10013435
10262009
10402447
9928275
1:21-cv-00833 Filed Becton, Dickinson and Company Beckman Coulter, Inc. 6683314
7201875
7129505
7787197
1:21-cv-00688 Filed Quest Packaging LLC Lin Cheng D911835
1:21-cv-03112 Filed Colorful Days Co. ACJLHY
Blue Mars
LLtidmsWL
Morimoe
KIRSTHM
et al.
D903205
1:21-cv-00837 Filed DataCloud Technologies, LLC [IP Investments Group] Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.
Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.
6560613
8762498
6651063
7209959
1:21-cv-00838 Filed Taiho Oncology, Inc
Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Accord Healthcare
Intas Biopharmaceuticals
10960004
2:21-cv-04758 Filed Guangzhou Yucheng Trading Co., Ltd. dbest products, Inc. 9233700
1:21-cv-00292 Filed Optinetix Inc. [Optinetix – Isarel] Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. 7349668
1:21-cv-00293 Filed Optinetix Inc. [Optinetix – Isarel] Walgreen Co. 7349668
8:21-cv-01040 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Western Digital 6724241
6920527
2:21-cv-00213 Filed Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 [IP Bridge, Inc.] Telefonaktiebolaget L. M. Ericsson Co.
Ericsson, Inc.
8085724
8077594
8526546
7372909
8787275
8385239
9137000
4:21-cv-01919 Filed JPT Group, LLC Stuart Weitzman LLC
Stuart Weitzman Holdings, LLC
Tapestry, Inc.
Stuart Weitzman Inc
D581149
D577182
6:21-cv-00605 Filed AML IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Aldi, Inc.
ALDI (TEXAS) L.L.C.
6876979
2:21-cv-00798 Filed NEXRF Corp. Product Madness, Inc.
Aristocrat International, Pty. Limited
Big Fish Games, Inc.
9646454
8747229
8506406
3:21-cv-04326 Filed Software Research UiPath, Inc. 8392890
7757175
8984491
8650493
8327271
8495585
10489286
6:21-cv-00579 Filed Scramoge Technology Limited [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Apple 10622842
9806565
10424941
9843215
10804740
2:21-cv-00207 Filed Joseph Y. Yoon Intellectual Property LLC [Fred Dufrense] Toyota 9376076
0:21-cv-01354 Filed CellTrust Corp. ionLake, LLC
Derrick Girard
10992802
2:21-cv-00751 Filed Padded Spaces LLC David Weiss
Gutbench LLC
Yalong Technology Co. Ltd
Gutbanch Inc.
8910838
6:21-cv-00586 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Fujitsu 7827581
9344183
6:21-cv-00588 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Phicomm Co., Ltd. 7827581
9344183
1:21-cv-00291 Filed Optinetix Inc. [Optinex – Isareli] SPROUTS FARMERS MARKET, INC. 7349668
2:21-cv-00209 Filed Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC] Hisense Co. Ltd. 9042457
8737476
9414059
7685498
6925097
8019169
8971401
5:21-cv-04491 Filed Michael Philip Kaufman Salesforce.com 10025801
7885981
3:21-cv-00590 Filed DatRec, LLC [Nacar IP] Breezy HR, Inc 8381309
1:21-cv-10971 Filed VPR Brands BAE Worldwide LLC 8205622
8:21-cv-01034 Filed Advanced Silicon Group Technologies, LLC Hanwha Q Cells and Advanced Materials Corporation
Hanwah Q Cells USA Corp
Hanwah Q Cells EPC USA LLC
10692971
10269995
9601640
8450599
9768331
8852981
2:21-cv-00215 Filed Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 [IP Bridge, Inc.] Nokia Solutions and Network Oy
Nokia, Inc.
Nokia of America Corporation
1:21-cv-00828 Filed Display Vectors LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Lenovo, Inc. 6785128
9:21-cv-81009 Filed Pilot, Inc. Baccus Global LLC 10046653
10328806
10875410
8:21-cv-01011 Filed The Litebook Company Ltd. TCT Mobile Worldwide Limited
TCL Electronics Holdings Limited
TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, Ltd.
Alcatel-Lucent S.A.
TCT Mobile International Limited
et al.
7768140
2:21-cv-00208 Filed Comarco Wireless Systems LLC [AppBrilliance] Samsung Group 10855087
9413187
10951042
1:21-cv-03071 Filed Think Products, Inc. ACCO Brands 7315443
6:21-cv-00584 Filed Digital Cache, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] A-data Technology Co., Ltd. 6956738
7312982
7440274
6851015
2:21-cv-00325 Filed Kettler International, Inc. MGA Entertainment
The Little Tikes Company, Inc.
9643681
8950770
8511701
8201840
6799772
7156408
1:21-cv-00689 Filed Kettler International, Inc. MGA Entertainment
The Little Tikes Company, Inc.
9643681
8950770
8511701
8201840
6799772
7156408
1:21-cv-00842 Filed UberFan, LLC Snap, Inc. 9477744
9727634
10963439
10740305
6:21-cv-00592 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Technicolor S.A. 7827581
9344183
3:21-cv-04510 Filed Advanced Silicon Group Technologies, LLC Boviet Solar USA Ltd.
Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd.
Boviet Renewable Power LLC
1:21-cv-03167 Filed LKQ Corporation
KEYSTONE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES INC
Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd.
Hyundai Motor America, Inc.
5:21-cv-05109 Filed Camelback Products, LLC Zak Designs
5:21-cv-00256 Filed Shibumi Shade, Inc. Matthew Finneran
Beach Shade LLC
10753117
10190330
6:21-cv-00594 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] ABB, Inc. 8537242
6972790
6:21-cv-00595 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Alpine Electronics, Inc. 8537242
6972790
6:21-cv-00597 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. 6873743
7088855
9983836
6:21-cv-00599 Filed AML IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] ADORN BOUTIQUE, LLC 6876979
6:21-cv-00608 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Reolink Digital Technology Co., Ltd. 8537242
8165867
6972790
2:21-cv-00799 Filed Utherverse Gaming LLC [Softbank Group] Epic Games, Inc. 8276071
9724605
8812954
9123157
8:21-cv-01009 Filed VenKee Communications, LLC Ubiquiti Networks, Inc. 7916684
1:21-cv-03230 Filed Display Vectors LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Sound Around 6785128
6:21-cv-00572 Filed Display Vectors LLC [Jeffrey Gross] LG Corp. 7327354
7123318
6:21-cv-00573 Filed Display Vectors LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Hewlett-Packard 7327354
6785128
6:21-cv-00574 Filed Decapolis Systems, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Kareo, Inc. 7464040
7490048
6:21-cv-00578 Filed Mirror Imaging LLC Bancorp South Bank 10013435
10402447
10262009
9928275
6:21-cv-00581 Filed Pineapple34, LLC [George Andrew Gordon entities] Fujitsu 7068499
7181252
6:21-cv-00229 Filed Skybell Technologies Aperture IP LLC [IPValuation Partners[ 7598580
1:21-cv-00839 Filed Pfizer
WARNER-LAMBERT COMPANY LLC
PF PRISM IMB BV
Mylan 10723730
6:21-cv-00591 Filed Be Labs, Inc. TCL Corporation 7827581
9344183
3:21-cv-01354 Filed Aleathia G Hunter dba Pack A Smile Michaels Cos.
Michaels Company Inc.
Michaels Stores Procurement Co Inc
2:21-cv-04796 Filed OKYN Holdings, Inc. dba NYKO Technologies Hori (U.S.A.), Inc. 8536832
9705344
8143848
8:21-cv-01039 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magentar Capital, Atlantic IP] Kingston Technology Co., Inc. 6724241
6920527
1:21-cv-10979 Filed Mizuho Orthopedic Systems Inc. Hill-Rom, Inc.
Allen Medical Systems, Inc.
6:21-cv-00596 Filed Intellectual Ventures II, LLC
Intellectual Ventures Co.
Hewlett-Parkard Co. 7555586
7882320
7464240
6779082
6:21-cv-00598 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Datalogic S.p.A. 8537242
6473527
6972790
6:21-cv-00607 Filed Decapolis Systems, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Medical Software Solutions, Inc. 7464040
7490048

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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. George June 18, 2021 9:34 pm

    This constant and never-ending ‘bickering’ about patents and who owns what, has to stop! It’s almost entirely pointless, futile and self-defeating. We need to bring back the ‘clear delineation’ between patents that used to exist 100 years ago (i.e. we need to bring back the concept of broad patents).

    The dog eat dog world of innovation serves no one well, not even the ‘winners’ (although lawyers seem to make out OK)). It’s always a terrible waste of talent, resources and money that could better go towards more innovation. And, why can’t patent owners just ‘share’ if they do have some things in common? Why do they have to treat every (even minor) invention as someone’s literal ‘baby’?! Just split the ‘damn baby’ if necessary! It’s not real and it’s ‘only money’ after all! Not worth being beaten down for years.

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