Patent Filings Roundup: IP Edge Hits Hardware Stores, Media Websites; Home Security Cam ITC Fight Goes Live

By Jonathan Stroud
September 9, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/45517555-xl-2015.html?filter=all&qview=45517555It was a heavy week for patent filings, with 78 new district court complaints and 41 new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions, all inter partes reviews (IPRs). IP Edge and Leigh Rothschild entities made up the bulk of those district court filings, while on the Board front, a number of long-running campaigns saw patents challenged, including the wide-ranging Express Mobile suits, some Divx [Fortress] challenges, and a number of challenges against the Xerox-owned Palo Alto Research Center.

Verkada Fight Over Home Security Cams Spills into ITC, District Court: A three-way fight between, on one side, Motorola and Avigilon, and on the other, Verkada, a smaller rival in the home security systems market, has come to a head this week, with Motorola and Avigilon filing an International Trade Commission (ITC) complaint and Verkada filing a declaratory judgment action of noninfringement of the asserted patents. Verkada pleads in the latter that the larger competitor Avigilon is effectively trying to shut them out of the market by seeking to exclude their products from the United States via ITC complaint.

IP Edge Sub Targets Assorted Generic Websites: In four new suits in Delaware this week, IP Edge subsidiary Nimitz Technologies LLC, using three patents on relatively generic internet architecture (streaming involving a server and a recipient, more or less) has sued four small (relatively speaking) internet web-only companies—CNET Media, Bleacher Report, Pinterest, and Reddit—for their use of widely adopted streaming services architecture, including HLS (effectively, HTTP live-streaming) and MPEG-DASH (both standardized versions of how to organize streaming media transactions). Bleacher Report, which is owned by AT&T, is likely indemnified, which should make early rounds of challenge interesting. One would assume that, if these companies infringe, nearly any company with a website would as well. The patents are U.S. 7,590,991, 7,227,899, and 7,848,328, and were all acquired by IP Edge from sovereign nation NPE France Brevets.

IP Edge Targets Big Box Hardware Stores: IP Edge entity Optical Licensing LLC has continued to assert their one memory patent, U.S. 6,791,898, this time hauling Home Depot and Lowe’s into court in Waco before Judge Albright.

The only accused product in the Home Depot complaint is an adjustable thermostat (the “Velux Active Indoor Climate Control Starter Kit” with standard memory attached, with a footnote that notes “The Accused Product is just one of the products provided by Defendant, and Plaintiff’s investigation is on-going to additional products to be included as an Accused Product that may be added at a later date.” For their part, Lowe’s is accused of infringing just the “Velux Active Kit,” with the same footnote. The patent has a tortured history, including spending some time parked with a Vector Capital Corporation subsidiary; it relates to memory devices.

Until just this past month, IP Edge had never taken any of their thousands of filed complaints to trial; recently, an ITC investigation for one of their controlled entities made it to the hearing phase, though they still have yet to appear before a jury in any of their filed cases. After these two additional suits, they have now accused 11 defendants in 2021 (none previously), and have settled with the first six. 

PTAB (41)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-01458 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Twitter, Inc. 8489599
IPR2021-01469 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. Splunk Inc. 8817790
IPR2021-01493 Filed Bright Data Ltd. Netnut Ltd. 10484510
IPR2021-01459 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Twitter, Inc. 8489599
IPR2021-01474 Filed 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10097815
IPR2021-01418 Filed DivX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Hulu, LLC 10257443
IPR2021-01501 Filed Blaze Mobile, Inc.
Michelle Fisher
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10621612
IPR2021-01454 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Google LLC 6874014
IPR2021-01483 Filed Onpoint Systems LLC PAWS 9848295
IPR2021-01491 Filed Led Wafer Solutions LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 8952405
IPR2021-01498 Filed Rotolight Limited Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG 10203101
IPR2021-01449 Filed Atos, LLC Allstate Insurance Company 9846174
IPR2021-01476 Filed DivX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Unified Patents, LLC 10326987
IPR2021-01434 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Facebook, Inc. 8732584
IPR2021-01456 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc. 9471287
IPR2021-01446 Filed Safe Driving Technologies LLC [IP Holdings LLC, General Patent Corporation] Ford Motor Company 9047170
IPR2021-01413 Filed Memoryweb, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 10621228
IPR2021-01419 Filed DivX, LLC [Softbank Corp, Fortress IP] Hulu, LLC 10257443
IPR2021-01475 Filed 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10097815
IPR2021-01468 Filed Neo Wireless LLC [Softbank Corp, Fortress IP, CFIP NCF LLC] Dell, Inc.
Dell Technologies Inc.
10075941
IPR2021-01451 Filed Osteomed LLC Stryker Corporation
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
9351776
IPR2021-01437 Filed Pamarope Pty Ltd Coloplast A/S 10925715
IPR2021-01457 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc. 9928044
IPR2021-01378 Filed Intellectual Ventures II LLC Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company 6816464
IPR2021-01496 Filed Rotolight Limited Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG 10197257
IPR2021-01497 Filed Rotolight Limited Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG 10197258
IPR2021-01466 Filed Rapidpulse, Inc. Penumbra, Inc. 10531883
IPR2021-01473 Filed 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10097815
IPR2021-01500 Filed Blaze Mobile, Inc.
Michelle Fisher
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10339556
IPR2021-01471 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Atlassian Corp. PLCTLASSIAN CORP. PLC
Atlassian, Inc.
9063755
IPR2021-01461 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Facebook, Inc. 9208439
IPR2021-01472 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Facebook, Inc. 9137190
IPR2021-01453 Filed Osteomed LLC Stryker Corporation
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
10245085
IPR2021-01450 Filed Osteomed LLC Stryker Corporation
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
8529608
IPR2021-01455 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc. 9063755
IPR2021-01460 Filed Opticurrent, LLC [Longhorn Asset Group, LLC] Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC d/b/a Onsemi 6958623
IPR2021-01499 Filed Blaze Mobile, Inc.
Michelle Fisher
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 9996849
IPR2021-01492 Filed Bright Data Ltd. Netnut Ltd. 10257319
IPR2021-01467 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Facebook, Inc. 8606781
IPR2021-01482 Filed Agis Software Development LLC [AGIS Holdings, LLC] WhatsApp, Inc. [Facebook] 9445251
IPR2021-01452 Filed Osteomed LLC Stryker Corporation
Wright Medical Technology, Inc.
9763716
IPR2021-00598 Not Instituted – Merits Fundamental Innovation Systems International LLC [FISI Holdings, LLC] TCT Mobile US Inc.
TCT Mobile US Holdings Inc.
Huizhou TCL Mobile Communication Co. Ltd.
TCL Communication, Inc.
8232766
IPR2021-00511 Not Instituted – Merits Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haustars] MG Freesites Ltd. 8595057
IPR2021-00681 Not Instituted – Merits Litl LLC [TRI Ventures, LLC] Lenovo United States Inc.
Lenovo US Inc.
8289688
IPR2021-00547 Not Instituted – Merits Koninklijke Philips NV TCL Industries Holdings Co., Ltd 9590977
IPR2021-00571 Not Instituted – Merits Correct Transmission, LLC [Orckit-Corrigent, Corrigent Systems] Juniper Networks, Inc. 7127523
IPR2021-00559 Not Instituted – Merits Koninklijke Philips NV Quectel Wireless Solutions Co. Ltd 9635599
IPR2021-00647 Instituted D3d Technologies Inc. Microsoft Corporation 8384771
IPR2021-00648 Instituted D3d Technologies Inc. Microsoft Corporation 9349183
IPR2020-01612 Instituted Katrina Goldsmith
Omnitracs, LLC
Platform Science, Inc. 6925308
IPR2021-00530 Instituted Clicktale Ltd
Content Square SAS
Content Square Israel, Ltd.
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel Insight, Inc.
Decibel Insight, Inc
9792365
IPR2021-00600 Instituted Koss Corporation Apple, Inc 10298451
IPR2020-01735 Final Written Decision Invensas Corporation [Xperi Holding Corp.] Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC (d/b/a ON Semicondutor)
Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC d/b/a ON Semiconductor
NVIDIA Corporation
6849946
IPR2020-00541 Final Written Decision Pact XPP Schweiz AG Intel Corporation 9075605
IPR2020-00594 Final Written Decision Laitram, LLC Ashworth Bros., Inc. 10189645
PGR2020-00028 Final Written Decision FMC Corporation Sygenta Participation AG
Syngenta Crop Protection AG
10294202
IPR2020-00603 Final Written Decision Invensas Corporation [Xperi Holding Corp.] NVIDIA Corporation
Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC d/b/a ON Semiconductor
6232231
IPR2020-00649 Final Written Decision P Tech, LLC Intuitive Surgical, Inc. 9192395
IPR2020-00593 Final Written Decision Laitram, LLC Ashworth Bros., Inc. 10023388
IPR2020-00602 Final Written Decision Invensas Corporation [Xperi Holding Corp.] NVIDIA Corporation
Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC d/b/a ON Semiconductor
6849946
IPR2020-01729 Final Written Decision Invensas Corporation [Xperi Holding Corp.] Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC (d/b/a ON Semicondutor)
Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC d/b/a ON Semiconductor
NVIDIA Corporation
6232231
PGR2020-00031 Final Written Decision Hart Intercivic, Inc. Election Systems & Software, LLC 10445966

District Court (78)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-00341 Filed Jabaa, LLC Caleres 7480637
6:21-cv-00902 Filed Scramoge Technology Ltd. [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Group
9490652
10199876
10193392
2:21-cv-01174 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge] Fluke Corporation 7567662
7154961
7567622
1:21-cv-01252 Filed Zogenix International Ltd.
Zogenix, Inc.
Apotex
Apotex, Inc.
10603290
10452815
0:21-cv-61832 Filed Optical Licensing LLC [IP Edge] 3D Plus U.S.A., Inc.
Heico Corporation
6791898
2:21-cv-12023 Filed JosNoe Medical, Inc. Specialty Surgical Instrumentation, Inc. Doing business as Symmetry Surgical, Inc. 7537563
4:21-cv-00683 Filed Xerox Monument Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] 5923908
7684090
6157436
7006890
6873336
7092966
6215559
6396599
6:21-cv-00908 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] GPM Investments, LLC 7917285
6:21-cv-00909 Filed Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco Inc d/b/a Hilco Global] Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell Technologies
RE48629
7564914
6963129
6858930
8416862
6:21-cv-00347 Filed George Spencer Antonio Savarese
Greg Carr
Tom Selgas
Matthew Everett
1:21-cv-01260 Filed Aedes Technologies, LLC Home Depot 9175509
9982371
6:21-cv-00911 Filed Callstat Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] BMC Software, Inc. 6236983
6:21-cv-00914 Filed Callstat Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Motorola Moblity LLC 6137789
6510148
3:21-cv-01556 Filed TQ Delta, LLC [Techquity Capital Management, LLC] Comcast
Time Warner Cable Inc.
Dish Network
Verizon Communications
Coxcom LLC and Cox Communications Inc.
6:21-cv-00344 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] AAON, Inc. 6819539
3:21-cv-06704 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Abaqus 9261365
1:21-cv-01242 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] BioTelemetry Inc.
Koninklijke Philips Electonics N.V.
Philips North America LLC
RE44199
1:21-cv-01247 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] CNET Media, Inc. 7590991
7227899
7848328
1:21-cv-01251 Filed BelAir Electronics, Inc. caseable INC. 7194291
10097676
7941195
2:21-cv-12015 Filed MicroPairing Technologies LLC FCA US LLC 8006117
8020028
7793136
7178049
3:21-cv-06656 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. eBay Inc. 6546397
7594168
1:21-cv-04906 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Nikon Corporation 8856221
2:21-cv-01490 Filed Michael Ochoa Unknown Parties
Gerry Patterson
Bryan Goff
Puritas Beverages LLC
2:21-cv-04906 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Nikon Corporation 8856221
1:21-cv-01257 Filed Solar Paste, LLC Risen Solar Co., Ltd.
Changzhou Fusion New Material Co., Ltd.
Risen Energy America, Inc.
8895843
8497420
8889979
8889980
7767254
2:21-cv-00346 Filed Safilo The E3 Company, LLC dba TE3CO, LLC 9671794
9890609
1:21-cv-11446 Filed General Electric Co. SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY A/S
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy S.A.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Inc.
Gamesa Electric S.A.U.
7629705
6921985
5:21-cv-06858 Filed Verkada, Inc. Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Avigilon Corp.
Avigilon Technologies Corp.
Avigilon Fortress Corp.
Avigilon Patent Holding 1 Corp.
7868912
8508607
10726312
6:21-cv-01465 Filed Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics
Saint-Gobain Cristaux et Detecteurs
Crystal Photonics, Inc. 7651632
8034258
3:21-cv-06698 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Ellation, LLC 8856221
1:21-cv-04624 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Deep Sea Electronics 6819539
1:21-cv-01241 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Horner APG, LLC RE44199
1:21-cv-01245 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Sagemcom USA LLC RE42219
1:21-cv-01246 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Bleacher Report, Inc. 7590991
7227899
7848328
1:21-cv-01248 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Pinterest, Inc. 7590991
7227899
7848328
1:21-cv-01249 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Reddit, Inc. 7590991
7227899
7848328
2:21-cv-01172 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Infratel US Inc 6970706
2:21-cv-16342 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Ascensia Diabetes Care US Inc. 9300723
6:21-cv-00906 Filed Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd. Amazon.com Services LLC
Amazon.com, Inc.
7554126
6:21-cv-00046 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Track Your Truck, Inc. 9261365
1:21-cv-01256 Filed Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Slayback Pharma LLC
Apotex
Apotex, Inc.
11103483
1:21-cv-03605 Filed Green Light Innovations, Inc. Brit-Tech Manufacturer LLC
Ameri Homelink, LLC doing business as MaxLit
9153150
2:21-cv-00345 Filed Monument Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor, LLC] Xerox 7684090
6810149
7006890
6873336
7092966
7092573
4:21-cv-00686 Filed RFC Lenders of Texas, LLC [IP Investments Group, LLC] KeHE Distributors LLC dba KeHE Distributors of Texas LLC 7430471
4:21-cv-01015 Filed Henry Chu Universal Air Conditioner Inc. D557287
D554667
D603876
D532020
2:21-cv-00520 Filed Menicon America
Menicon Singapore Pte
Optixon 7850002
8955672
7828137
3:21-cv-06858 Filed Verkada, Inc. Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Avigilon Corp.
Avigilon Fortress Corporation
Avigilon Technologies Corporation
Avigilon Patent Holding 1 Corporation
7868912
8508607
10726312
6:21-cv-00913 Filed Callstat Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] HTC Corp. 6137789
6510148
2:21-cv-00348 Filed Power2B, Inc. Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd.
Samsung Group
8816994
10664070
7952570
8547364
9946369
1:21-cv-01269 Filed Astellas Pharma
Gilead Sciences
Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd. 8106183
9085601
8524883
1:21-cv-03682 Filed Caselas, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] NCR Payment Solutions LLC
NCR Corp.
JetPay LLC
9117230
7661585
9715691
7529698
9117206
2:21-cv-00522 Filed Digital Verification Systems [Leigh Rothschild] eFileCabinet 9054860
1:21-cv-01019 Filed Gilbert P. Hyatt Andrew Hirshfeld
5:21-cv-06656 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. eBay Inc. 7594168
6546397
0:21-cv-61827 Filed Wave Linx LLC [IP Edge] Onstream Conferencing Corporation 8843549
2:21-cv-01173 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge] [Withdrawn]
3:21-cv-00313 Filed Rimco, Inc. d/b/a Idaho Wrecker Sales Dual-Tech, Inc. 8192135
6:21-cv-00904 Filed Optical Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Home Depot 6791898
6:21-cv-00905 Filed Optical Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Lowe’s Companies, Inc. 6791898
2:21-cv-12040 Filed Aptiv Services US, LLC Blitzsafe Texas, LLC 7489786
8155342
1:21-cv-01261 Filed Aedes Technologies, LLC Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Lowes Home Centers, LLC
9175509
9982371
3:21-cv-06820 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas, LLC [Concert Technology Corp]
Lyft, Inc. RE45543
RE47704
1:21-cv-04718 Filed Shenzhenshi LechuangTiancheng Keji Youxiangonsi
Shenzhen Lanhe Technologies Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen Jisu Technologies Co., Ltd. D903086
6:21-cv-00915 Filed Prova Group, Inc. Cintas Corp. 10229384
10839344
9082124
8370225
11042839
2:21-cv-00523 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems [Leigh Rothschild] Automile 9261365
1:21-cv-00688 Filed Far North Patents, LLC [Richard Delgado, poss. Antonelli, Harrington, & Thompson LLP] Avaya 7986770
7085230
7088802
8689105
8068437
3:21-cv-01565 Filed Vision Works IP Corp. Polaris, Inc. 8315769
8682558
1:21-cv-04623 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Jio, Inc. 9261365
1:21-cv-01244 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] NimbeLink Corp. RE42219
1:21-cv-01250 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. RE42219
5:21-cv-01684 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Ruby Industrial Technologies LLC RE42219
2:21-cv-04285 Filed Typhoon IP LLC [IP Edge] Clarion Corp. 8108141
7881861
8838370
2:21-cv-04286 Filed Typhoon IP LLC [IP Edge] Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. 8108141
7881861
8838370
1:21-cv-04904 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Nikon Corporation 9300723
2:21-cv-04904 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Nikon Corporation 9300723
6:21-cv-00912 Filed Callstat Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Hewlett-Packard 6130761
2:21-cv-00347 Filed Alexsam, Inc. American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. 6000608
4:21-cv-06893 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Loginext Solutions, Inc. 9261365

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. Josh Malone September 9, 2021 3:20 pm

    Who is Michelle Fisher and why is Samsung unwilling to plead their invalidity challenge in a real court?

  2. Pro Say September 10, 2021 10:29 am

    Josh: Why you ask?

    Because . . . such easy innovation execution . . . at . . . the . . . Death Squad.

  3. Josh Malone September 11, 2021 11:23 pm

    The AIA/PTAB is a farce. They are killing off legitimate inventors that compete with entrenched monopolies. Patent trolls are unaffected. We are exposing this. After 10 years enough is enough.

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