Patent Filings Roundup: NPE Targets Cracker Barrel, Realtors; VMWare/Cirba Dispute Heads to Board; Car Jumpstarter Patent Challenged; Funded Semiconductor Litigation Patents Instituted

By Jonathan Stroud
July 14, 2021

patent filingsAfter last week’s spike in complaints, things returned to steady-state this week, with plaintiffs filing 58 complaints and patent challengers filings 26 petitions (one post grant review [PGR] and 25 inter partes reviews [IPRs]). There were four denials under Fintiv at the Board, all related to upcoming trial dates and a stipulation the Board found fault with in Cisco Systems v. Estech. A surprising number of challenges against semiconductor-related patents being asserted by NPEs (most with litigation funding backing, such as by Starboard Value, Vector Capital, and Cambridge Partners) were instituted this week, perennial filers K.Mizra and Blue Spike had new complaints, Coinbase filed a declaratory judgment against frequent filer and NPE Modern Font Applications, and there were a number of pharmaceutical litigations initiated that bear scrutiny.

S3G Technology LLC Targets Cracker Barrel, Whataburger, Hobby Lobby on Software Update Patents: Serial litigant S3G Technology LLC has been asserting a small family of patents related to pushing software updates to connected devices against retailers since 2015. They have asserted against Whataburger, Chick-Fil-A, Keller Williams Realtors, Hobby Lobby, Vrbo, and now Cracker Barrel, among others. The complaints allege infringement based on software updates to generic apps on mobile server devices and customer devices at the restaurants, among other things.

Sprawling Cirba/VMWare Dispute Heads (in small part) to Board: Earlier this year in Cirba, Inc. (DBA Densify) and Cirba IP v. VMWare (D. Del. 2020), competitor Cirba brought VMWare to trial on two patents: 8,209,687 (the ‘687 patent) and 9,654,367 (the ‘367 patent), and awarded damages on one to the tune of $235 million. (Originally filed in Virginia, the case was transferred to Delaware and went to trial earlier this year.) VMWare filed a DJ complaint cross-asserting four patents before Judge Stark—originally before Judge Norieka—and there Cirba again counterclaimed with additional patents, including 10,523,492 (the ‘492 patent’). VMWare challenged that patent, the ‘492 patent, with a 12(c) motion on 101, which he folded into one of his en banc “101 days”, which was denied from the bench for failing to meet step 1 of the Alice analysis. Back in the original case around the same time, on the ’687 and ’367, the case proceeded and the jury awarded the judgment, just on the ’367; but in post-trial JMOL Judge Stark ruled that the plaintiff didn’t have standing in the first instance, as detailed by Professor Dennis Crouch here. The cases are now (apparently) consolidated for the second (new) trial and are ongoing. VMWare took the pause to file three challenges, two IPRs and a PGR, on the recently issued 10,951,459 Cirba patent, of similar scope and vintage. While the trial is ongoing, the standing dismissal of the judgment has been mandamused to the Federal Circuit in the interim. It will be interesting to see what the Board does with a PGR and two IPRs under their discretion.

Pilot Light Car Charger Patent Challenged: Pilot Automotive, a leader in aftermarket car parts, has been relatively pugnacious defending its market share in car battery jumpstarters over the past three years, suing at least nine competitors on a small patent portfolio of related patents, settling with them, and then moving on to the next. The most recent defendant punched back, challenging the most recently issued patent, U.S. 10,328,806. The circuitry described is relatively basic, but obviously Pilot has been using the portfolio to some effect in the market. The IPR is IPR2021-01235. 

                                    PTAB (26)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2021-00098 Filed Cibra IP Inc. VMware, Inc 10951459
IPR2021-01250 Filed University of British Columbia Berkeley Lights, Inc. 10421936
IPR2021-01168 Filed MAG?M? TECHNOLOGY LLC PHILLIPS 66 10308884
IPR2021-01242 Filed Securityprofiling Inc [SecurityProfiling, LLC] Cisco Systems, Inc. 9100431
IPR2021-01236 Filed Cupp Computing AS Trend Micro, Inc. 10951632
IPR2021-01235 Filed Pilot, Inc. The Noco Company, Inc. 10328806
IPR2021-01248 Filed PNC Bank Na United Services Automobile Association 7949788
IPR2021-01228 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Adobe Inc. 9063755
IPR2021-01245 Filed Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc. 7003343
IPR2021-01237 Filed Cupp Computing AS Trend Micro, Inc. 10951632
IPR2021-01229 Filed VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP] Patent Quality Assurance, LLC 7523373
IPR2021-01249 Filed University of British Columbia Berkeley Lights, Inc. 10087408
IPR2021-01224 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc. 6546397
IPR2021-01070 Filed United Services Automobile Association PNC Bank, N.A. 8699779
IPR2021-01199 Filed Bard Peripheral Vascular, Inc Atrium Medical Corporation 7785302
IPR2021-01220 Filed Power2B Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8610675
IPR2021-01226 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc. 7594168
IPR2021-01227 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Adobe Inc. 9471287
IPR2021-01239 Filed Power2B Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8624850
IPR2021-01211 Filed Cirba IP Inc. VMware, Inc 10951459
IPR2021-01073 Filed United Services Automobile Association PNC Bank, N.A. 8977571
IPR2021-01155 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10567343
IPR2021-01153 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10567437
IPR2021-01154 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10785266
IPR2021-01210 Filed Cirba IP Inc. VMware, Inc 10951459
IPR2021-01225 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Adobe Inc. 9928044
IPR2021-00395 Not Instituted – Merits Fundamental Innovation Systems International LLC [Cambridge Partners, Fundamental Innovation Systems International Holdings, LLC] TCT Mobile US Inc.
TCT Mobile US Holdings Inc.
Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCL Communication, Inc.
7239111
IPR2021-00428 Not Instituted – Merits Fundamental Innovation Systems International LLC [Cambridge Partners, Fundamental Innovation Systems International Holdings, LLC] TCT Mobile US Inc.
TCT Mobile US Holdings Inc.
Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCL Communication, Inc.
8624550
IPR2021-00373 Not Instituted – Merits Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation
Keter Plastic Ltd.
Jiangsu Sainty Sumex Tools Corp. Ltd. 10583962
IPR2021-00262 Not Instituted – Procedural Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 7969514
IPR2021-00329 Not Instituted – Procedural Estech Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 8391298
IPR2021-00333 Not Instituted – Procedural Estech Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 7123699
IPR2021-00332 Not Instituted – Procedural Estech Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 6067349
IPR2021-00331 Not Instituted – Procedural Estech Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 7068684
PGR2021-00034 Not Instituted – Procedural Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10610771
IPR2021-00342 Instituted Icon Health and Fitness Inc
ICON IP, Inc.,
ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
Peloton Interactive, Inc. 7166062
IPR2021-00356 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] STMicroelectronics, Inc. 6534805
IPR2021-00343 Instituted Unification Technologies LLC [Acacia Technologies, Starboard Value] Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc.
Micron Technology Texas LLC
Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell, Inc.
8533406
IPR2020-00985 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. 6651134
IPR2021-00327 Instituted Koninklijke Philips NV Intel Corporation 9436809
IPR2021-00357 Instituted Green Products and Technologies, LLC Fluid Energy Group Ltd. 7938912
IPR2021-00371 Instituted Targus Group International, Inc Group III International, Inc.
Everki USA, Inc.
8567578
IPR2021-00355 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] STMicroelectronics, Inc. 6651134
IPR2021-00414 Instituted Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 8661970
IPR2021-00413 Instituted Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 8307761
IPR2020-00990 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Advance Micro Devices, Inc
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
6534805
IPR2021-00370 Instituted Koninklijke Philips NV Intel Corporation 9436809
IPR2021-00344 Instituted Unification Technologies LLC [Acacia Technologies, Starboard Value] Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc.
Micron Technology Texas LLC
Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell, Inc.
et al.
8762658
IPR2021-00261 Instituted Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 7969514
IPR2021-00411 Adverse Judgment intoPIX SA Kakadu R&D Pty Ltd
Kakadu Software Pty Ltd
9332258
IPR2020-01198 Adverse Judgment P21 Ltd. Favored Tech Corporation 10421876
IPR2020-00387 Final Written Decision Varidesk LLC Versa Products 10159336
IPR2020-00441 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP] Google LLC 8949954
IPR2020-00354 Final Written Decision Autobrilliance, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 6792351

 

                      District Court (58)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
3:21-cv-01221 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Boomr, Inc. 9261365
1:21-cv-01827 Filed Onstream Media Corporation BombBomb, Inc. 9467728
9161068
10674109
10038930
10200648
10848707
10674142
5:21-cv-01130 Filed Innovative Imports, Inc. 5150 whips, Inc. D880026
D783191
5:21-cv-01135 Filed Innovative Imports, Inc. Cameron Murray D880026
D783191
4:21-cv-00524 Filed Anadex Data Communications LLC [Equitable IP] Harbor Freight Tools 7310120
2:21-cv-00250 Filed S3G Technology LLC Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 9940124
10261774
9081897
1:21-cv-01001 Filed Bayer
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Teva Pharmaceutical 10828310
1:21-cv-01003 Filed Eli Lilly & Co. Radius Health, Inc. 7517334
1:21-cv-02730 Filed Merrill Manufacturing Co. Simmons Manufacturing Company D919575
2:21-cv-03044 Filed Wistaria Trading LTD
Blue Spike International Ltd
Blue Spike, LLC [Blue Spike, Inc.]
Blue Ridge Cable Technologies, Inc.
BLUE RIDGE CABLE TELEVISION, INC.
Blue Ridge Communications, Inc.
8538011
8224705
7287275
9104842
RE44222
8473746
RE44307
9021602
7159116
6:21-cv-00707 Filed kajeet, Inc. ViaSat, Inc. 8667559
6:21-cv-00710 Filed Liberty Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor, LLC] CitiBank N.A.
CitiGroup, Inc.
7953671
8851369
8066181
8794509
9195985
3:21-cv-05305 Filed Coinbase, Inc. Modern Font Applications LLC 8522127
9886421
9892093
5:21-cv-05304 Filed Modern Font Applications
1:21-cv-01007 Filed Fuel Automation Station Comanche Gas Solutions, LLC 10815118
10513426
10494251
10974955
5:21-cv-03063 Filed Wistaria Trading LTD
Blue Spike International Ltd
Blue Spike, LLC [Blue Spike, Inc.]
SERVICE ELECTRIC CABLEVISION, INC.
SERVICE ELECTRIC CABLE T.V., INC.
SERVICE ELECTRIC COMPANY
Service Electric Television, Inc.
8538011
8224705
7287275
9104842
8739295
RE44222
7475246
8473746
RE44307
9021602
7159116
6:21-cv-00713 Filed IpVenture, Inc. MX3 Diagnostics, Inc. 8734341
6:21-cv-00714 Filed Emergent Mobile LLC Kyocera International, Inc. 9819506
9198014
9097530
2:21-cv-00244 Filed K.Mizra LLC [Ginegar IP, Charles Jourdan Hausman] General Motors 7394423
1:21-cv-00992 Filed Astellas Pharma Alkem Laboratories Limited 7982049
10842780
7342117
8832474
RE44872
2:21-cv-00246 Filed United Service Automobile Association PNC BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION 10402638
10769598
9224136
2:21-cv-13396 Filed HORIZON MEDICINES LLC Torrent Pharmaceuticals 8318202
8449910
8067033
8067451
8501228
8309127
2:21-cv-00247 Filed K.Mizra LLC [Ginegar IP, Charles Jourdan Hausman] Broadcom, Inc. 8965892
5:21-cv-05275 Filed Verizon Communications
Verizon Business Network Services LLC
Cellco Partnership dba Verizon Wireless
Voip-Pal.com, Inc. 8630234
10880721
1:21-cv-05862 Filed Kioba Processing LLC [IP Investments Group] TD Bank USA, N.A. 7107078
6917902
6931382
2:21-cv-05609 Filed STAHLS` Inc. dba GroupeSTAHL Toolots, Inc. 9289960
8418739
1:21-cv-01006 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc. ANNORA PHARMA PRIVATE LIMITED
Hetero USA, Inc.
7326708
3:21-cv-13521 Filed Patheon Softgels, Inc. STRIDES PHARMA GLOBAL PTE LIMITED
STRIDES PHARMA INC.
9693978
9693979
10022344
10028925
3:21-cv-00947 Filed Winthrop Tackle, LLC Carbon Fishing, LLC 11051500
8:21-cv-01666 Filed Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd. Namsung America 10763392
9024345
10573785
9263658
8323999
10573780
9041032
11027033
10418514
10991851
10868215
9:21-cv-81209 Filed ULC RE Inc. Euromarket Designs, Inc. dba Crate and Barrel
1:21-cv-00997 Filed Bayer
Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 9737488
1:21-cv-00998 Filed Continuous Composites, Inc. Markforged, Inc. 9987798
10759109
10744708
9511543
6:21-cv-00704 Filed kajeet, Inc. Infoweise Pty., Ltd. 8667559
6:21-cv-00711 Filed Liberty Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor, LLC] CitiBank N.A.
CitiGroup, Inc.
7431207
6820802
8905301
8584938
6:21-cv-00712 Filed Kortek Industries Pty Ltd. Kohler Co 9590427
10429869
10862313
9465377
9:21-cv-81210 Filed ULC RE Inc. Euromarket Designs, Inc. dba Crate and Barrel 7207622
8:21-cv-01155 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Isharingsoft, Inc. 9261365
4:21-mc-80159 Filed Garrity Power Services LLC Samsung Group
4:21-cv-00523 Filed Anadex Data Communications LLC [Equitable IP] Lowe’s Companies, Inc. 7310120
1:21-cv-03593 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp. American Medical Association 6049835
3:21-cv-13405 Filed Winview Inc. DraftKings, Inc. 10721543
9878243
2:21-cv-00249 Filed K.Mizra LLC [Ginegar IP, Charles Jourdan Hausman] Fortinet, Inc. 8965892
9516048
8234705
1:21-cv-01000 Filed Bayer
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Taro Pharmaceuticals
Taro Pharmaceutical Industries
10828310
3:21-cv-05300 Filed Triller, Inc. Bytedance Ltd
TikTok, Inc.
TikTok Pte. Ltd.
ByteDance Inc.
9691429
3:21-cv-01247 Filed Wave Neuroscience, Inc. Miramar Health Physicians Group, Inc.
4:21-cv-00836 Filed Yeti Coolers Discover Home Products, LLC D822997
D859812
D732349
D859815
D862177
9139352
10981716
D801123
D787187
10442599
D859813
D920678
D809869
D808655
D896591
D732348
D732350
9796517
D799905
10046885
D897780
D918570
5:21-cv-03044 Filed Wistaria Trading LTD
Blue Spike International Ltd
Blue Spike, LLC [Blue Spike, Inc.]
Blue Ridge Cable Technologies, Inc.
BLUE RIDGE CABLE TELEVISION, INC.
Blue Ridge Communications, Inc.
8538011
8224705
7287275
9104842
RE44222
8473746
RE44307
9021602
7159116
8:21-cv-01156 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Wolf Mobile, Inc. 9261365
3:21-cv-05155 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Health Mart Systems, Inc. 7917285
2:21-cv-11556 Filed McKeon Products, Inc. Akervall Technologies, Inc. 10945874
1:21-cv-01306 Filed Design Engineering, Inc. Thermo-Tec High Performance Automotive, Inc. 7152633
3:21-cv-00181 Filed Pike Brands LLC Eztotz, LLC
Kenneth Edge
Matthew Edge
RE48520
RE48531
3:21-cv-13396 Filed HORIZON MEDICINES LLC Torrent Pharmaceuticals 8318202
8449910
8067033
8067451
8309127
8501228
6:21-cv-00705 Filed kajeet, Inc. Lumen Technologies, Inc. 8667559
2:21-cv-00248 Filed K.Mizra LLC [Ginegar IP, Charles Jourdan Hausman] ForeScout Technologies, Inc. 9516048
8234705
2:21-cv-03842 Filed BelAir Electronics, Inc. velvet caviar group, inc. 7941195
10097676
4:21-cv-00484 Filed LSP Products Group, Inc. Sioux Chief MFG. Co, Inc. 5983923

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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. Josh Malone July 14, 2021 3:29 pm

    Patent Quality Accurance – a newly formed shell company is trying to unwind a $2B patent infringement verdict against Intel. They claim to have no interest in the case. Who is behind this? The ill-conceived America Invents Act invites all sorts of mischief.

    https://www.linkedin.com/posts/malonejosh_patent-quality-assurance-uradnik-declaration-activity-6819745432428658688-GcLK

  2. Pro Say July 15, 2021 10:01 am

    Given the amount of money at stake, VLSI should hire a PI to investigate — including to see who came and is coming in and out of the law firm’s office. Probably a biz across the street with a camera. With facial recog . . .

    The real party behind PQA is obtainable; likely for less than $25k.

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