Patent Filings Roundup: Litigation Funding WAGs the Dog; Funded Western District Semiconductor Campaign Sees IPRs Filed

By Jonathan Stroud
August 11, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/159708306/stock-photo-legal-battleand-lawsuit.htmlNumbers were relatively stable last week, with the district courts seeing 57 new patent filings and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) seeing 25 petitions (two post grant reviews [PGRs] and 23 inter partes reviews [IPRs]). A big chunk of the PTAB action was against Ocean Semiconductor LLC by Applied Materials, Inc., who filed five against the litigation financed entity (Fullbrite Capital Partners, LLC), and six filed by Lumenis Ltd. against BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S in an apparent litigation-free freedom-to-operate action. Bank of America filed a few challenges against NantWorks; Rothschild subsidiaries filed a number of district court complaints; and two IPRs were filed and instituted against the IPValue Management, LLC-run Monterey Research semiconductor suit—one by Qualcomm, one by STMicroelectronics; and ditto for two by Freeman Capital Partners-run FG SRC LLC—one by Xilinx and one by Intel and Xilinx. 

Litigation Funding WAGs the Dog: Litigation-funded vehicle WAG Acquisitions [Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd.], after more than 20 suits against small and medium-sized companies, has finally broken through to sue the tech giants, going after Amazon.com, Inc. and Google LLC/YouTube, Inc. The portfolio has undergone a fair number of earlier challenges of mixed success; the current suit alleges infringement of three patents: U.S. 9,762,636, 9,742,824, and 9,729,594. The patents relate to fast-startup of streaming services, and now are wholly owned by WAG Acquisitions.

Boil the Ocean Semiconductor: Litigation-funded Ocean Semiconductor, backed by Fullbrite Capital Partners, was hit with five IPRs against the asserted patents by Applied Materials, Inc., in addition to the two pending from Western Digital. Ocean has brought ten complaints against semiconductor companies including Analog Devices, Infineon, NVIDIA, MediaTek, Silicon Laboratories, STMicroelectronics, NXP, and Western Digital, all in the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas on New Year’s Eve of 2020; presumably Applied Materials is indemnifying at least some of the defendants.

                                PTAB (25)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2021-00107 Filed White Swell Medical Ltd. Abiomed, Inc. 10926069
IPR2021-01340 Filed Ocean Semiconductor LLC [Fullbrite Capital Partners, LLC] Applied Materials, Inc. 6725402
IPR2021-01275 Filed BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S. Lumenis Ltd. 10632321
IPR2021-01354 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Atlantic IP, Magentar Capital] Kioxia Corporation
Western Digital Technologies, Inc
Kioxia America, Inc
Dell Technologies Inc.
7436232
IPR2021-01283 Filed BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S. Lumenis Ltd. 10695575
IPR2021-01344 Filed Ocean Semiconductor LLC [Fullbrite Capital Partners, LLC] Applied Materials, Inc. 6907305
IPR2021-01284 Filed BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S. Lumenis Ltd. 10709895
IPR2021-01361 Filed Alexander Soto and Walter Soto II-VI Incorporated 10771181
IPR2021-01358 Filed NextGen Innovations, LLC II-VI Incorporated 9887795
IPR2021-01341 Filed Safe Driving Technologies LLC [IP Holdings LLC, General Patent Corporation (GPC)] Ford Motor Company 9713994
IPR2021-01332 Filed Nant Holdings IP LLC [NantWorks, LLC] Bank of America, N.A. 9324004
IPR2021-01334 Filed Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited [Broadcom] Netflix, Inc. 10911938
IPR2021-01276 Filed BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S. Lumenis Ltd. 10695575
PGR2021-00108 Filed Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10931797
IPR2021-01279 Filed BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S. Lumenis Ltd. 10709895
IPR2021-01359 Filed Alexander Soto and Walter Soto II-VI Incorporated 10263723
IPR2021-01356 Filed Smart Path Connections, LLC [Corrigent, poss. Correct Transmissions, LLC] Juniper Networks, Inc. 7697525
IPR2021-01333 Filed Nant Holdings IP, LLC [NantWorks, LLC] Bank of America, N.A. 7899252
IPR2021-01355 Filed Ubiquitous Connectivity, LP [Nomad Connections] Resideo Technologies, Inc.
Central Security Group Nationwide, Inc.
10394999
IPR2021-01348 Filed Ocean Semiconductor LLC [Fullbrite Capital Partners, LLC] Applied Materials, Inc. 6836691
IPR2021-01342 Filed Ocean Semiconductor LLC [Fullbrite Capital Partners, LLC] Applied Materials, Inc. 6968248
IPR2021-01339 Filed Ocean Semiconductor LLC [Fullbrite Capital Partners, LLC] Applied Materials, Inc. 8676538
IPR2021-01374 Filed Vivint Inc. [Vivint Smart Home, LLC] ADT LLC 7956739
IPR2021-01282 Filed BTL Healthcare Technologies A.S. Lumenis Ltd. 10632321
IPR2021-01353 Filed Safe Driving Technologies LLC [IP Holdings LLC, General Patent Corporation (GPC)] Ford Motor Company 10532709
IPR2021-00502 Not Instituted – Merits NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Google LLC 9075136
IPR2021-00478 Not Instituted – Merits U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC [Altria Client Services LLC] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company
Modoral Brands, Inc.
8458996
IPR2021-00480 Not Instituted – Merits NYZ AB
WM17 Holding Gmbh
Kretek International., Inc.
Dryft Sciences LLC
Modoral Brands, Inc
9161908
PGR2021-00045 Not Instituted – Merits Lashify, Inc. Kiss Nail Products, Inc. 10660388
IPR2021-00548 Not Instituted – Merits FIPA Frohwitter Intellectual Property AG
IPCOM, Gmbh & Co. KG
Nokia of America Corporation
Ericsson, Inc.
7778310
IPR2021-00457 Not Instituted – Merits Jens H.S. Nygaard Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix, Ltd
Daimler AG
7494178
IPR2021-00477 Not Instituted – Merits U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC [Altria Client Services LLC] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company
Modoral Brands, Inc
7798319
PGR2021-00038 Not Instituted – Merits AutoStore Technology AS Ocado Group PLC 10696478
PGR2021-00044 Not Instituted – Merits Little Giant Ladder Systems, LLC [Wing Enterprises Inc.] Tricam Industries, Inc. 10767416
IPR2021-00494 Instituted Fitbit, Inc. [Google LLC] Koninklijke Philips NV
Philips North America LLC
7145462
IPR2021-00503 Instituted NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Google LLC 9075136
IPR2020-01491 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [IPValue Management, LLC] Qualcomm Incorporated
STMicroelectronics, Inc.
6534805
IPR2021-00467 Instituted Reigstad & Associates, Inc Metromont Corporation 10337196
IPR2020-00921 Instituted RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. [British American Tobacco PLC] Philip Morris Products, S.A. 9814268
IPR2021-00466 Instituted Gates Corporation
Gtech Corporation
Continental AG
ContiTech AG
ContiTech North America, Inc.
ContiTech USA, Inc.
ContiTech Antriebssysteme GmbH
7254934
IPR2021-00704 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [IPValue Management, LLC] STMicroelectronics, Inc. 6534805
PGR2021-00043 Instituted PowerTec Solutions International, LLC Precision Power, LLC 10637264
PGR2021-00049 Instituted FMC Technologies, Inc. [Technip FMC] Dril-Quip, Inc. 10689921
IPR2020-01449 Instituted FG SRC LLC [Freeman Capital Partners] Intel Corporation
Xilinx, Inc
7149867
IPR2021-00453 Instituted Omni Medsci, Inc. Apple, Inc 10517484
IPR2020-01133 Instituted HandyLab, Inc NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. 8415103
IPR2021-00489 Instituted Willis Electric Co., Ltd. Polygroup Services N.A., Inc 9671097
IPR2021-00633 Instituted FG SRC LLC [Freeman Capital Partners] Xilinx, Inc 7149867
PGR2021-00047 Instituted Crystal Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
BERGEN PHARMACEUTICAL, LLC
Eisai Inc, 10759779
IPR2019-01444 Final Written Decision Novoluto GmbH EIS Gmbh 9763851
IPR2020-00505 Final Written Decision Dynamics Inc. Samsung
Samsung Research America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
10255545
IPR2020-00534 Final Written Decision GM Global Technology Operations LLC LKQ Corporation
Keystone Automotive Industries, Inc.
D797625
IPR2019-01397 Final Written Decision Nektar Therapeutics, Inc. NOF Corporation 9187569
IPR2016-01198 Procedural Termination Voip-Pal.com, Inc. Apple, Inc 9179005

 

                               District Court (57)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
5:21-cv-05975 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Cyberlink.com Corp. 8856221
1:21-cv-06533 Filed Medicom Group Inc
AMD Medicom Inc.
Young Innovations, Inc.
Astek Innovations, Limited
9173725
8517732
2:21-cv-00296 Filed Blitzsafe Texas, LLC [Ira Marlowe, Marlowe Patent Holdings Ltd.] Harman Becker Automotive Systems Gmbh 7489786
8155342
1:21-cv-01126 Filed TwinStrand Biosciences, Inc.
University of Washington
Guardant Health, Inc. 10689699
10752951
10760127
10287631
1:21-mc-22806 Filed United Timber Corp. Liquidia Technologies, Inc.
6:21-cv-00804 Filed SWM International, LLC DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH
DynaEnergetics US, Inc.
11078762
6:21-cv-00807 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Costco Wholesale 7490086
6662194
10096000
9760864
2:21-cv-00299 Filed Tiare Tech., Inc. American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. 8682729
10157414
5:21-cv-06059 Filed Apple Traxcell Technologies LLC 10820147
6:21-cv-00809 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Walgreen Co. 7490086
6662194
10096000
9760864
1:21-cv-00897 Filed William G. Sykes Nash Distribution, Inc. D739692
5:21-cv-06093 Filed Digital Verification Systems, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Apptivo, Inc. 9054860
4:21-cv-00930 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Crimson Solutions, LLC 10600101
6:21-cv-00811 Filed SynKloud Technologies, LLC [Ideahub, LLC]
Serendia, LLC
Sung Hwan E&B Co., Ltd. 9480836
10869812
9320536
10058379
1:21-cv-11252 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Crme de la Crme Imports, LLC 7917285
6:21-cv-00803 Filed Cellspin Soft, Inc. Nike 8892752
8738794
9749847
4:21-cv-00614 Filed Intelligent Automation Design, LLC OsteoMed, L.P. 7091683
2:21-cv-00303 Filed Tiare Tech., Inc. Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc. 8682729
10157414
6:21-cv-00816 Filed WAG Acquisition, LLC [Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd.] Google LLC
YouTube, Inc.
9762636
9742824
9729594
2:21-cv-06239 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Mobi Technologies 8856221
2:21-cv-00294 Filed Blitzsafe Texas, LLC [Ira Marlowe, Marlowe Patent Holdings Ltd.] Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings, PLC 7489786
8155342
2:21-cv-00297 Filed M-Red Inc. [Quest Patent Research Corp.] OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. 6853259
6628171
7209401
6177843
7068557
6:21-cv-00798 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Walmart, Inc. 7490086
6662194
10096000
9760864
6:21-cv-00801 Filed Lupercal LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Regions Financial Corporation 9386094
1:21-cv-04167 Filed Pure Edge Lighting LLC Fabbian S.R.L. 9033541
2:21-cv-14595 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Labor Sync, LLC 9261365
1:21-cv-02112 Filed Koroyd Sarl
Smith Sport Optics
The Burton Corp. 10736373
1:21-cv-02117 Filed Extremity Medical, LLC Paragon 28, Inc. 10751097
6:21-cv-00806 Filed Ward Participations B.V. Samsung Group 10992480
11063766
6:21-cv-00808 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] CVS Health Corp 7490086
6662194
10096000
9760864
2:21-cv-00301 Filed Tiare Tech., Inc. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. 8682729
10157414
3:21-cv-14622 Filed Pharma Mar, S.A.
Janssen Products, L.P.
MSN LABORATORIES PVT., LTD.
MSN Pharmaceuticals Inc.
8895557
7420051
5:21-cv-01328 Filed Gene Pool Technologies, Inc. Coastal Harvest, LLC 9144751
9587203
9145532
4:21-cv-00988 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Greater Goods, LLC 9300723
3:21-cv-01495 Filed First 2 Market Products, LLC
Dae Sung Hi Tech Co., Ltd.
Mary Shepherd dba D&M Sales 7503696
2:21-cv-00293 Filed Blitzsafe Texas, LLC [Ira Marlowe, Marlowe Patent Holdings Ltd.] Alpine Electronics, Inc.
Alps Alpine Co., Ltd.
7489786
8155342
3:21-cv-01393 Filed ShenZhen JingPinCheng Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. Bliss Holdiings, LLC
Blisslights, Inc.
Blisslights, LLC
John Doe
8057045
78057045
6:21-cv-00797 Filed Altpass LLC [Alexander Dobrescu & associated entities Browse3D, LLC, Pixel Display LLC, Remote Concepts LLC, GroupLink LLC] Google LLC 7725725
7350078
8429415
1:21-cv-00892 Filed Gilbert P. Hyatt Andrew Hirshfeld
1:21-cv-04143 Filed Levitation Arts, Inc. Asian Trendwares, Inc. dba Atrend 7505243
1:21-cv-01129 Filed Hindi R. Zeidman Freshly Picked, LLC RE48330
1:21-cv-01130 Filed Duchesnay, Inc.
QuatRx Pharmaceuticals Company
Shionogi
Hetero Labs, Ltd.
Hetero Drugs
Hetero USA, Inc.
8236861
6245819
1:21-cv-01138 Filed Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Jazz Pharms. Ireland Ltd.
Avadel CNS Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Avadel Specialty Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Avadel Legacy Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Avadel Pharmaceuticals PLC
Avadel US Holdings, Inc.
et al.
11077079
1:21-cv-01141 Filed Astellas Pharma Apotex
Apotex, Inc.
10842780
2:21-cv-03502 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Olympus, Corp. 9300723
2:21-cv-00451 Filed William G. Sykes Nash Distribution, Inc. D739692
4:21-cv-00622 Filed 5G IP Holdings LLC [IP Valuation Partners, LLC] Samsung Group 10624150
10813163
10868649
2:21-cv-04423 Filed SynKloud Technologies, LLC [IdeaHub, LLC]
Serendia, LLC
Cartessa Aesthetics, LLC 9480836
10869812
9320536
10058379
1:21-cv-01154 Filed Gene Pool Technologies, Inc. ANM, Inc. 9145532
9144751
9587203
9757664
9604155
5:21-cv-03502 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Olympus, Corp. 9300723
2:21-cv-00295 Filed Blitzsafe Texas, LLC [Ira Marlowe, Marlowe Patent Holdings Ltd.] Harley-Davidson, Inc. 7489786
8155342
6:21-cv-00799 Filed Altpass LLC [Alexander Dobrescu & associated entities Browse3D, LLC, Pixel Display LLC, Remote Concepts LLC, GroupLink LLC] Microsoft 7725725
7350078
8429415
1:21-cv-14595 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Patent Asset Management LLC, Leigh Rothschild] Labor Sync, LLC 9261365
6:21-cv-00805 Filed Altpass LLC [Alexander Dobrescu & associated entities Browse3D, LLC, Pixel Display LLC, Remote Concepts LLC, GroupLink LLC] Apple 7725725
7350078
8429415
2:21-cv-00302 Filed Tiare Tech., Inc. Belk, Inc. 8682729
10157414
3:21-cv-01841 Filed Battery Conservation Innovations, Inc. [Patent Asset Management, Leigh Rothschild] The Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. 9239158
6:21-cv-00815 Filed WAG Acquisition, LLC [Woodsford Litigation Funding Ltd.] Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon
Amazon.com Services LLC
9762636
9742824
9729594

 

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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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