Patent Filings Roundup: Mystery NPEs File New Suits on Old IV Assets; PTAB Discretionarily Denies 14; Causam Enterprises Launches Major Campaign

By Jonathan Stroud
July 29, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/46023047/stock-photo-lawsuit-word-smashing-glass.htmlIn a relatively subdued week, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB or Board) saw 35 challenges and the district courts 53 new patent filings. Those challenges included a slew against Centripetal Networks and Stratosaudio patents, as well as a number of memory authentication district court campaigns launched, including one major new non-practicing entity (NPE) suit by Causam Enterprises against Ecobee, Itron, Residio, and Alarm.com for patents related to power consumption.

Board Denies 14 Using Discretion: There were 14 discretionary denials this week, led by six Section 325(d) denials in challenges by BMW and Mercedes-Benz on asserted Stragent [Oso IP] patents; four more Section 325(d) denials in the Medtronic/Speyside Medical spat; and  four Section 314 denials, two on Ecofactor patents discussed below, the other two in on petitions filed by Global Tel*Link Corporation against HLFIP Holding, Inc. patents.  To compare, there were six merits denials this week.

In the Ecofactor, Inc. challenges, note that one ongoing action (against Alarm.com) was already stayed in Delaware; the other in the Western District of Texas, against Google, the petitioner here, was pending.  The trial was scheduled seven months after institution per the Western District’s standard order, which was subsequently delayed almost two months; nonetheless, the Board credited that date in denying the petition under Fintiv.

Mystery Texas NPEs Sharing a Common Address File Slew of New Suits on Old IV Patents: A few newly- ormed Austin-based LLCs sharing the same corporate address and counsel (106 E 6th St., Suite 900, Austin, TX 78701 and Ni, Wang, & Massaud) filed new suits with old Intellectual Ventures patents this week; at least one of the entities, Pixel Display LLC, has complied with the bare disclosure requirements, indicating they have no parent corporations and no publicly owned company owns more than 10% of their stock. The other, InnoMemory, LLC, has no disclosed ownership or management interest. They appear to be associated with similar entities run or owned in the past by Alexander Dobrescu and Beatriz Lopez, though obviously ownership and interest is obscured here. Both assert a single patent transferred from Intellectual Ventures sometime last year.

Brace for Inequitable Conduct: It’s worth noting briefly that Active Creations LLC filed a declaratory judgment action for inequitable conduct against a Chinese entity, Beijing Jinwei Kangda Medical Instrument Ltd., for filing for and receiving two U.S. design patents on knee braces. Presumably the filings are, allegedly, direct copies of the U.S. company’s designs. The patents are D883498, D883500 and the suit is 2:21-cv-00406.

PTAB (35)
Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-01270 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10735380
IPR2021-01294 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox Corp.] Facebook, Inc. 8489599
IPR2021-01147 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10542028
PGR2021-00097 Filed Dynaenergetics Europe Gmbh SWM International, LLC
NexTier Completion Solutions LLC
10844697
IPR2021-01077 Filed United Services Automobile Association PNC Bank, N.A. 10621559
IPR2021-01240 Filed Align Technology, Inc. 3Shape A/S
3Shape, Inc.
10709527
IPR2021-01304 Filed Nant Holdings IP, LLC [Nantworks, IP] Bank of America, N.A. 8478036
IPR2021-01209 Filed Atos, LLC Allstate Insurance Company 9152609
IPR2021-01169 Filed Achieve3000, Inc. Beable Education Inc. 9652993
IPR2021-01301 Filed Future Link Systems, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. 6622108
IPR2021-01152 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10091246
IPR2021-01157 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10749906
IPR2021-01265 Filed HD Silicon Solutions LLC [f/k/a/ Innovative Silicon Solutions, LLC; Fahim Aftab; likely Intellectual Ventures] Microchip Technology, Inc. 7870404
IPR2021-01308 Filed Agis Software Development LLC [AGIS Holdings, LLC] Uber Technologies, Inc. 10299100
IPR2021-01150 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10530903
IPR2021-01149 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10567413
IPR2021-01286 Filed Tigo Energy Inc. SunSpec Alliance 8933321
IPR2021-01310 Filed 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10383711
IPR2021-01260 Filed AuthWallet, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Unified Patents, LLC 9292852
IPR2021-01303 Filed Stratosaudio, Inc. Hyundai Motor America, Inc. 8688028
IPR2021-01305 Filed Stratosaudio, Inc. Hyundai Motor America, Inc. 8903307
IPR2021-01151 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10659573
IPR2021-01156 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10735380
IPR2021-01295 Filed Desgagnes, Brown, Et Associes Inc. Trienda Holdings, LLC 10570276
IPR2021-01076 Filed United Services Automobile Association PNC Bank, N.A. 10621559
IPR2021-01272 Filed Ravgen, Inc. Illumina, Inc. 7332277
IPR2021-01271 Filed Ravgen, Inc. Illumina, Inc. 7727720
IPR2021-01306 Filed Agis Software Development LLC [AGIS Holdings, LLC] Uber Technologies, Inc. 10341838
IPR2021-01287 Filed Tigo Energy Inc. SunSpec Alliance 10256770
IPR2021-01309 Filed 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10383711
IPR2021-01246 Filed Blue Yonder Group Inc. [RedPrarie Holding Inc.] Kinaxis Inc
Kinaxis Corp
6591153
IPR2021-01302 Filed Blue Yonder Group Inc. [RedPrarie Holding Inc.] NHK/Fintiv 7788145
IPR2021-01158 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10503899
IPR2021-01307 Filed Agis Software Development LLC [AGIS Holdings, LLC] Uber Technologies, Inc. 10299100
IPR2021-01311 Filed International Business Machines Corporation Zillow Group, Inc.
Zillow, Inc.
7543234
IPR2021-00399 Not Instituted – Merits Voxer IP LLC [Voxer Inc.] Facebook, Inc.
Instagram, LLC
10109028
PGR2021-00039 Not Instituted – Merits Genentech, Inc. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. 10626174
PGR2021-00036 Not Instituted – Merits Genentech, Inc. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. 10611836
IPR2021-00389 Not Instituted – Merits Garrity Power Services LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 9906067
IPR2021-00452 Not Instituted – Merits Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. Topcon Medical Systems, Inc.
Topcon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
9968251
IPR2021-00532 Not Instituted – Merits Ecofasten Solar, LLC Unirac, Inc. 10763777
IPR2021-00426 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00240 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Speyside Medical, LLC Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9510941
IPR2021-00425 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00398 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] AutoStore Technology AS Ocado Group PLC 10093525
IPR2021-00427 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00418 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10031790
IPR2021-00310 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Speyside Medical, LLC Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9510941
IPR2021-00409 Not Instituted – Procedural [314 Fintiv] Ecofactor, Inc. Google LLC 8412488
IPR2021-00444 Not Instituted – Procedural [314 Fintiv] HLFIP Holding, Inc. Global Tel*Link Corporation 10291617
IPR2021-00242 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Speyside Medical, LLC Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
10449040
IPR2021-00454 Not Instituted – Procedural [314 Fintiv] Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8738327
IPR2021-00412 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] AutoStore Technology AS Ocado Group PLC 10494239
IPR2021-00419 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Stragent, LLC Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
9705765
IPR2021-00241 Not Instituted – Procedural [325] Speyside Medical, LLC Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9510941
IPR2021-00363 Instituted Clicktale Ltd
Content Square Israel Ltd. (f/k/a Clicktale Ltd.) [Content Square SAS]
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel
Decibel Insight, Inc.
9508081
IPR2021-00421 Instituted Ironworks Patents, LLC [MobileMedia Ideas LLC, MPEG LA, Nokia, Sony, David Ruder, Global IP Law Group LLC, David Berten, C. Graham Gerst, Ragnar Olson, Steven Steger] Motorola Mobility LLC [Google LLC, Alphabet] 9521269
IPR2021-00345 Instituted Unification Technologies LLC [Acacia Research Corporation, Starboard Value] Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc.
Micron Technology Texas LLC
Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell, Inc.
9632727
IPR2021-00361 Instituted Datacloud Technologies, LLC [IP Investments Group] Unified Patents, LLC 6560613
IPR2021-00408 Instituted Dali Wireless Inc. Corning Optical Communications LLC 10506454
IPR2021-00364 Instituted Clicktale Ltd
Content Square Israel Ltd. (f/k/a Clicktale Ltd.)
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel Insight, Inc.
Decibel Insight, Ltd.
10063645
IPR2021-00350 Instituted Teradyne, Inc. Astronics Test Systems, Inc. 7395479
IPR2021-00346 Instituted ParkerVision, Inc Intel Corporation 8190108
IPR2021-00378 Instituted WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen, Coast Asset Management and Juniper Capital Partners] Unified Patents, LLC 8179960
IPR2021-00401 Instituted Swift Biosciences, Inc. Pillar Biosciences, Inc. 10316359
IPR2021-00375 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations [University of New Mexico] Qualcomm Incorporated 8265096
IPR2021-00377 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations [University of New Mexico] Qualcomm Incorporated 8249204
IPR2021-00420 Instituted Ironworks Patents, LLC [MobileMedia Ideas LLC, MPEG LA, Nokia, Sony, David Ruder, Global IP Law Group LLC, David Berten, C. Graham Gerst, Ragnar Olson, Steven Steger] Motorola Mobility LLC 6850150
IPR2021-00464 Instituted Clicktale Ltd
Content Square Israel Ltd. (f/k/a Clicktale Ltd.) [Content Square SAS]
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel
Decibel Insight, Inc.
Decibel Insight, Ltd.
7941525
IPR2021-00383 Instituted Cardiovalve Ltd. Edwards LifeSciences Corporation
Edwards LifeSciences LLC
10226341
IPR2021-00417 Instituted Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10248477
PGR2021-00028 Instituted Rfcyber Corp. Google LLC 10600046
PGR2021-00029 Instituted Rfcyber Corp. Google LLC 10600046
IPR2021-00415 Instituted Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 9795253
IPR2021-00448 Instituted RFID Technology Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Zoho Corporation 9582689

 

 

 

 

District Court (53)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-03208 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners] Westinghouse Lighting 6982522
6803606
7490959
7161190
7154125
7301176
7012277
2:21-cv-05876 Filed Nicor, Inc. SourceBlue, LLC dba Turner Logistics, LLC 10824427
1:21-cv-06229 Filed Riggs Technology Holdings, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] Relias Learning LLC dba Continuingeducation.com 7299067
2:21-cv-00406 Filed Active Creations LLC Beijing Jinwei Kangda Medical Instrument Ltd. D883498
D883500
1:21-cv-01055 Filed Pixel Display LLC [?] Element Electronics Holdings, LLC 7245343
2:21-cv-11703 Filed Dylan Kern
Brian Kern
M3-Mad Monkey Mortorsports, LLC
A1 Cycles, Inc.
Brandon White
Cynthia White
Mike Beland
D902834
6:21-cv-00748 Filed Causam Enterprises, Inc. Ecobee, Inc. 10394268
8805552
10396592
9678522
6:21-cv-00750 Filed Causam Enterprises, Inc. Itron, Inc. 10394268
8805552
10396592
9678522
6:21-cv-00755 Filed Indigo Technologies, LLC
Gentex Corp.
Facebook, Inc.
Facebook Technologies, LLC
6757068
6922632
8224024
7725253
7301648
1:21-cv-03925 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D847897
6:21-cv-00758 Filed Motion Offense, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Dropbox, Inc. 11044215
1:21-cv-01045 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey Gross, LLC] Yubico, Inc. 8375212
8688990
1:21-cv-22570 Filed Tactus Technologies, LLC [Endpoint IP LLC] Blu Products, Inc. 9696847
1:21-cv-00639 Filed Textron Innovations Inc.
2:21-cv-00273 Filed Island Intellectual Property, LLC [Double Rock Corporation] The Charles Schwab Corporation
TD Ameritrade Trust Company
TD Ameritrade Clearing, Inc.
TD Ameritrade Holding
7933821
7509286
7680734
7519551
8311916
1:21-cv-06144 Filed Bitro Group, Inc. ASP Holdings, Inc. 9113558
1:21-cv-00607 Filed Hypertherm, Inc. WENZHOU RUIXIA E-COMMERCE CO., LTD d/b/a JACK & DAVE 8546718
9462670
8884179
8513565
7829816
8115136
8835796
8541712
7989727
1:21-cv-01051 Filed Xennial IP LLC Fitbit, Inc. 9792409
10664571
8:21-cv-01821 Filed Jezign Licensing, LLC Bebe Stores, Inc.
Zigi USA LLC
D554848
2:21-cv-00277 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners, LLC] Kyocera Corp. 8725924
2:21-cv-00280 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners, LLC] Celestica Inc. 6549400
6938104
6237112
6711012
6734597
1:21-cv-22663 Filed Pantech Wireless, LLC
Pantech Co.
Blu Products, Inc. 10869247
9313809
10904714
9807799
10841142
6:21-cv-00759 Filed Sectra Communications AB NetMotion Software, Inc.
Absolute Software
7797437
2:21-cv-05799 Filed InnoMemory, LLC [?, see above] Virtium LLC 6240046
1:21-cv-03836 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D719209
1:21-cv-01050 Filed Xennial IP LLC Hidrate, Inc. 9792409
10664571
2:21-cv-03987 Filed Kaloud, Inc. Astrolabe Scent, LLC
6:21-cv-00749 Filed Causam Enterprises, Inc. Resideo Technologies, Inc. 10394268
8805552
10396592
9678522
6:21-cv-00751 Filed Causam Enterprises, Inc. Alarm.com, Inc. 10394268
8805552
10396592
9678522
2:21-cv-05798 Filed InnoMemory, LLC [?, see above] Kingston Technology Co., Inc. 6240046
8:21-cv-01226 Filed InnoMemory, LLC [?, see above] Kingston Technology Co., Inc. 6240046
5:21-cv-05511 Filed InnoMemory, LLC [?, see above] Etron Technology America, Inc. 6240046
6:21-cv-00742 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities, Antonelli, Harrington & Thompson LLP] Polycom, Inc. dba Polycom Enterprises, Inc.
Plantronics Co.
7088782
7310304
7706458
2:21-cv-00274 Filed HTC Corp. Joe Andrew Salazar
2:21-cv-00275 Filed ACQIS, LLC Acer, Inc. 9529768
9703750
8977797
RE45140
RE44654
5:21-cv-01405 Filed Xennial IP LLC Apple 9792409
10664571
6:21-cv-00747 Filed M4siz Limited Walgreen Co. 6526402
6:21-cv-00752 Filed Causam Enterprises, Inc. Xylem 10394268
8805552
10396592
9678522
2:21-cv-00278 Filed Longhorn HD LLC  [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Elitegroup Computer Systems Co. Ltd. 6237112
6734597
8015444
1:21-cv-01427 Filed Richman Technology Corporation Foxconn Technology Group 8981933
9449484
6:21-cv-00756 Filed Bibble IP LLC [IP Valuation Partners] Line Corp. 9596197
3:21-cv-13807 Filed WinView Inc. FanDuel, Inc. 9878243
10721543
3:21-cv-01291 Filed KAIFI, LLC [Intellectual Discovery Co., Ltd., Golden Wave Partners, ETRI] Qualcomm Incorporated
6:21-cv-00740 Filed Textron Innovations Inc. SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
DJI
8078395
10243647
8108085
9162752
8014909
1:21-cv-00842 Filed Active Creations LLC Beijing Jinwei Kangda Medical Instrument Ltd. D883498
D883500
2:21-cv-04086 Filed SBI Biotech Co., Ltd Creative Biolabs, Inc. 9944715
10336834
2:21-cv-00938 Filed Charles Stewart Boeing Corp.
1:21-cv-00099 Filed Bayer
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Mylan 10828310
2:21-cv-00276 Filed Elite Gaming Tech LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Rockchip Electronics Co. Ltd.
2:21-cv-00279 Filed Longhorn HD LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners LLC] Pegatron Corp. 6549400
6938104
6237112
6711012
6734597
1:21-cv-22659 Filed Chubby Gorilla, Inc. Lerman Container Corporation dba EBOTTLES.COM D911172
D911188
D855476
D610462
D911855
D860004
D911189
D911173
D834950
9:21-cv-81282 Filed Richman Technology Corporation Carrier Corp. 8350698
8981933
9449484
6:21-cv-00757 Filed PalTalk Holdings, Inc. Webex Communications
Cisco Systems, Inc.
6683858

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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