Patent Filings Roundup: Board Shirks SAS Institute, Defunct Jawbone Entity Sues Big Tech, and Gaming Industry Targeted in California Court

By Jonathan Stroud
October 1, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/45517555-xl-2015.html?filter=all&qview=45517555A normal filing week saw 27 new petitions, all inter partes reviews (IPRs), and 54 district court patent filings, a fair number related to a few new Leigh Rothschild campaigns, some pharma suits, and others. For whatever reason (one would assume, end of the quarter), an unusual number (hundreds) of non-practicing entity (NPE) suits terminated last week, at least against some defendants. More on a handful of cases below.

Board Uses Save-Your-Powder-Discretion: In a case where the Board found that challenges to 18 of the 19 claims presented lacked merit, the Board denied institution under its Section 314(d) discretion, reasoning, as it has done in the past, that moving forward on all 19 claims, as the Supreme Court’s SAS Institute requires, would be a waste of judicial resources. The case, IPR2021-00621, was brought by Helmerich & Payne Int’l Drilling Company against rival Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. on U.S. Patent 8,823,655. 

Now-Defunct Jawbone, Funded by Obscure Capital, Sues Tech Giants: If you’ll recall, Jawbone was a smart-device company that met with mild success in the early 2010s, before a run of bad quarters and business put it in liquidation starting in 2017. As it underwent liquidation, a stream of private capital companies (some likely VC, others interested in the IP) were added as creditors to their patents, including Fortress Investment and Lionel Capital. It’s unclear if this was a clean sale or if the patents were surrendered in liquidation under security agreements, but they were transferred at the start of liquidation to an acquisition vehicle, then transferred to another entity, and then to Aliph, a company doing business as Jawbone. It’s been giant-hunting, and has sued Apple and Google using frequent Waco plantiff’s attorney Ray Mort on eight patents before Judge Albright. The complaints make it appear the entity is another sham entity created for the purpose of venue; it’s unclear if the original, now-liquidated company had any ties to Texas, either.

Is This a Game?: A new Leigh Rothschild-backed single patent suit against a number of video game companies took off this week, with Integrated Technology Solutions LLC suing Bandai Namco (famous for, among other things, the Soulsborne series of games), Iracing.com, and 505 Games, an Italian games publisher behind hits like Terraria, Death Stranding, Control, and my personal favorite, The Banner Trilogy. The suits are in the Central District of California;  The game industry, based mostly in Silicon Valley or Los Angeles, is as of yet only occasionally targeted by NPEs, though it is a wildly lucrative industry; this particularly single-patent suit is based on racing game products, and the independent claim has an interesting construction; the preamble suggests it is a system “that is at least partially hardware,” and describes four components set to identify tires altering a racing area in “a racing video game.” U.S. Pat. 19,046,241. This particular subsidiary has a Wyoming residence. Another new Rothschild entity this week, Battery Conservation Innovations, LLC, likewise targets the gaming industry.

PTAB (27)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-01567 Filed HD Silicon Solutions LLC [f/k/a Innovative Silicon Solutions, LLC, Fahim Aftab] Microchip Technology, Inc. 7810002
IPR2021-01536 Filed Palo Alto Research Center Inc. [Xerox] Facebook, Inc. 8489599
IPR2021-01571 Filed Blaze Mobile Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9378493
IPR2021-01544 Filed MUSC Foundation for Research Development [State of South Carolina] Bico Group AB 9752116
IPR2021-01553 Filed Traxcell Technologies, LLC [Mark Reed, Reed, Joyce Ann Reed] Apple, Inc 9549388
IPR2021-01554 Filed Led Wafer Solutions LLC [poss. Oso IP] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 9502612
IPR2021-01548 Filed Vervain, LLC Micron Technology, Inc. 9196385
IPR2021-01570 Filed Blaze Mobile, Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10565575
IPR2021-01542 Filed Roche Holding AG Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC 8580264
IPR2021-01538 Filed U.S. Well Services, LLC Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. 10408031
IPR2021-01552 Filed Traxcell Technologies, LLC [Mark Reed, Reed, Joyce Ann Reed] Apple, Inc 9918196
IPR2021-01532 Filed TMT Systems, Inc. Medtronic Vascular, Inc. 7101393
IPR2021-01478 Filed White Swell Medical Ltd. Abiomed, Inc. 10653871
IPR2021-01533 Filed TMT Systems, Inc. Medtronic Vascular, Inc. 7101393
IPR2021-01441 Filed Maxell Holdings, Ltd. Amperex Technology LTD. 9077035
IPR2021-01442 Filed Maxell Holdings, Ltd. Amperex Technology LTD. 9166251
IPR2021-01561 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Kioxia Corporation
Kioxia America, INC
Western Digital Technologies, Inc
Dell Technologies Inc.
Google LLC
6724241
IPR2021-01477 Filed White Swell Medical Ltd. Abiomed, Inc. 10653871
IPR2021-01550 Filed Vervain, LLC Micron Technology, Inc. 10950300
IPR2021-01556 Filed Impinj, Inc. Nxp B.V. 10776198
IPR2021-01534 Filed Gietl Jutta M
Putze Adelheid
Developmental Technologies, LLC 10091956
IPR2021-01547 Filed Vervain, LLC Micron Technology, Inc. 8891298
IPR2021-01560 Filed Emp Enterprises Inc. Developmental Technologies, LLC 10085391
IPR2021-01543 Filed Organovo, Inc. Bico Group AB 9315043
IPR2021-01440 Filed Maxell Holdings, Ltd. Amperex Technology LTD. 8691446
IPR2021-01443 Filed Maxell Holdings, Ltd. Amperex Technology LTD. 9350019
IPR2021-01569 Filed Blaze Mobile, Inc.
Michelle Fisher
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 9652771
IPR2021-00669 Not Instituted – Merits Acqis LLC [Acqis Technology] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
RE44654
IPR2021-00654 Not Instituted – Merits DIRTT Environmental Solutions Inc Falkbuilt Ltd 10467814
PGR2021-00067 Not Instituted – Merits DIRTT Environmental Solutions Inc Falkbuilt Ltd 10783284
IPR2021-00621 Not Instituted – Procedural Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company
Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC
Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc.
7823655
IPR2021-00652 Instituted Altria Client Services LLC [Altria Group, LLC] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company 10264824
IPR2021-00655 Instituted Rab Lightning Inc. Ideal Industries Lighting LLC
d/b/a CREE LIGHTING
9010970
IPR2021-00646 Instituted Rab Lightning Inc. Ideal Industries Lighting LLC
d/b/a CREE LIGHTING
8985816
IPR2021-00594 Instituted KMizra LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 8965892
IPR2021-00593 Instituted KMizra LLC Cisco Systems, Inc. 8234705
IPR2021-00688 Instituted Spg Dry Cooling Usa LLC Evapco Dry Cooling, Inc 10527354
IPR2021-00650 Instituted Altria Client Services LLC R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company 10143242
IPR2021-00554 Instituted Health Discovery Corporation Intel Corporation 8095483
IPR2021-00630 Instituted Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10075565
IPR2021-00627 Instituted Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10375215
IPR2021-00629 Instituted Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10075564
IPR2021-00687 Instituted Spg Dry Cooling Usa LLC Evapco Dry Cooling, Inc 10551126
IPR2021-00095 Instituted The Solaria Corporation Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar USA Inc.
10522707
IPR2021-00628 Instituted Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Google LLC 10075564
IPR2017-00428 Final Written Decision United Technologies Corporation; Raytheon Technologies Corp. General Electric Company 8695920
IPR2020-00680 Final Written Decision Medtronic, Inc. Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
Axonics, Inc.
8457758
IPR2020-00750 Final Written Decision Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
Seoul Viosys Co., Ltd.
Satco Products, Inc. 8716946
IPR2020-00007 Final Written Decision Novoluto GmbH
Novoluto Gmbh
EIS Gmbh 9849061
IPR2020-00681 Final Written Decision Targeted Radio LLC [Acacia] Unified Patents, LLC 8948684
IPR2020-00712 Final Written Decision Medtronic, Inc. Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
Axonics, Inc.
8738148
IPR2020-00713 Final Written Decision Medtronic, Inc. Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc.
Axonics, Inc.
9821112

 

District Court (54)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-07494 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Giovanni Cosmetics, Inc. 7917285
4:21-cv-07322 Filed Battery Conservation Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Corsair Gaming, Inc. 9239158
1:21-cv-17205 Filed Holochip Corp. Optotune AG 8605361
8064142
9442225
8665527
3:21-cv-01648 Filed Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc. Learning Glass Solutions, Inc. D809600
10523893
3:21-cv-07322 Filed Battery Conservation Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Corsair Gaming, Inc. 9239158
6:21-cv-00976 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey M. Gross] Thales E-Security Limited 8375212
8688990
1:21-cv-07917 Filed Cine Graphic Solutions LLC [Strategic Intellectual Solutions, Inc.] Fujifilm Holdings America Corp. 7388587
7629977
8035644
3:21-cv-07420 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.]
Uber Technologies, Inc. RE47704
RE45543
6:21-cv-00984 Filed Jawbone Innovations, LLC [Lionel Capital; Fortress IP] Apple, Inc. 8280072
10779080
7246058
8467543
11122357
8326611
8321213
8019091
6:21-cv-00989 Filed MCOM IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Inetco Systems LTD
Woodforest National Bank
8862508
2:21-cv-07491 Filed Rachel Yates Amazon.com, Inc. 6708650
2:21-cv-07519 Filed Rachel Yates Walmart, Inc. 6708650
2:21-cv-17205 Filed Holochip Corp. Optotune AG 8605361
8064142
9442225
8665527
1:21-cv-07850 Filed Simon Property Group, Inc. U.S Bank National Association
1:21-cv-02557 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey M. Gross] CPI Card Group, Inc. 8375212
8688990
6:21-cv-00977 Filed Recog IP LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. 7296062
3:21-cv-07416 Filed Integrated Technology Solutions LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. 10046241
5:21-cv-01626 Filed Easton Diamond Sports, LLC [Bauer Hockey] Monsta Athletics, LLC 6997826
2:21-cv-00368 Filed Enovsys, LLC T-Mobile
2:21-cv-17534 Filed Medicure Int’l, Inc. Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd. 6770660
6:21-cv-00987 Filed Fleet Connect Solutions, LLC [Empire IP] Precision Drilling Corporation 6429810
7463896
7536189
7450955
7742388
6:21-cv-00991 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magentar Capital, Atlantic IP] Amazon.com, Inc. 6874014
6829691
6724241
8:21-cv-01539 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Arcules, Inc. 8856221
1:21-cv-17198 Filed Holochip Corp. Edmund Optics, Inc. 8605361
8064142
9442225
8665527
1:21-cv-02551 Filed David L. Hildebrand Snap-ON Tools
Matco Tools
2:21-cv-01712 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Rhombus Systems, Inc. 8856221
2:21-cv-00365 Filed Fleet Connect Solutions, LLC [Empire IP] Waste Connections US, Inc.
Waste Connections of Texas, LLC
7463896
7058040
6549583
7742388
6429810
6633616
1:21-cv-01338 Filed Wyeth, LLC
Puma Biotechnology, Inc.
AstraZeneca AB
AstraZeneca
10603314
10596162
3:21-cv-07424 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.]
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Group
RE47704
8874554
RE45543
RE41450
2:21-cv-17449 Filed Almirall, LLC [Grupo Corporativo Landon IP] ALEOR DERMACEUTICALS LTD. 9517219
6:21-cv-00985 Filed Jawbone Innovations, LLC [Lionel Capital; Fortress IP] Google LLC 8280072
10779080
7246058
8467543
11122357
8326611
8321213
8019091
6:21-cv-00986 Filed University of Pittsburgh Cochlear Americas
Cochlear, Ltd.
Cochlear Clinical Services, LLC
8421274
1:21-cv-23435 Filed Easton Diamond Sports, LLC [Bauer Hockey] Juno Athletics, LLC 6997826
8:21-cv-01536 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Location Based Technologies, Inc. 9261365
6:21-cv-00970 Filed XConnect, LLC formerly dba PerfX Wireline Services, LLC DynaEnergetics US, Inc.
DMC Global, Inc.
DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH
1:21-cv-01330 Filed Novartis Hetero USA, Inc.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories
Torrent Pharmaceuticals
HETERO LABS LIMITED UNIT-III
Laurus Generics Inc.
et al.
8101659
8877938
8796331
9388134
6:21-cv-00975 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey M. Gross] Anica Inc. dba ANICA GROUP 8375212
8688990
1:21-cv-05017 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D847897
1:21-cv-07931 Filed Mira Advanced Technology Systems Inc. Google LLC 10594854
5:21-cv-07429 Filed Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.]
LG ELECTRONICS INC
LG Corp.
RE47704
8874554
RE45543
RE41450
1:21-cv-07975 Filed MCOM IP, LLC [Dynamic IP Deals LLC (d/b/a DynaIP] Blend Labs, Inc. 8862508
0:21-cv-62014 Filed Chertan, LLC dba Cave Tools Andrew Snopok D923432
2:21-cv-07642 Filed Easton Diamond Sports, LLC [Bauer Hockey] Monsta Athletics, LLC 6997826
2:21-cv-07507 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Fora Care, Inc. 9300723
1:21-cv-17191 Filed Holochip Corp.
0:21-cv-61976 Filed IQRIS Techs LLC NATIONAL MOLDING, LLC
POINT BLANK ENTERPRISES, INC
8256020
2:21-cv-17198 Filed Holochip Corp. Edmund Optics, Inc. 8605361
8064142
9442225
8665527
1:21-cv-04992 Filed Dyson Technology, Ltd. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D853642
5:21-cv-06113 Filed Provisur Technologies, Inc. Weber, Inc.
Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Neubrandenburg
Weber Maschinenbau GmbH Breidenbach
8408109
2:21-cv-07599 Filed Integrated Technology Solutions LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] 505 Games U.S., Inc. 10046241
5:21-cv-07416 Filed Integrated Technology Solutions LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc. 10046241
1:21-cv-05052 Filed Wepay Global Payments LLC [William Grecia Estate] PNC Bank, National Association Member FDIC D857702
6:21-cv-00988 Filed Fleet Connect Solutions, LLC [Empire IP] Flying Star Transport, LLC 7599715
6647270
7596391
8005053
7783304
1:21-cv-01084 Filed Gilbert P. Hyatt Andrew Hirshfeld

 

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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. Paul F Morgan October 2, 2021 2:56 pm

    Johnathan, what’s with the new Gilbert Hyatt suit against the PTO acting Director at the bottom of your above list?

  2. Pro Se October 2, 2021 5:39 pm

    I’ve worked 30 years of my life, 20 hour days, relentless hard work… sunk $4mln of my own money into a FinTech startup that predated the Pandemic and now I have beef with 11,000 banks and few California FinTech giants who want to steal that hard work, too influences from my built product…

    And my reward is looking at a lawyer who did nothing more than go to a school to learn from a book written by an innovator like me… a career law fellow who never built a thing in their life….

    Forced to see my name cheapened here on IP Watchdog as if I don’t hold the world’s greatest FinTech brand and line of products…

    When China comes in to eat the lunches of everyone, yes, I have the IP that would be able to stop them, but I won’t…

    I will sit back and enjoy the market carnage with popcorn with my feet in my pool…

    And I’ll say let the company who chose to keep smearing my name as a “NPE Individual”…

    I am not a IP monster, or a IP boogie man…

    I am an innovator that’s simply adapted to the unfair briberies of the U.S. Utility Patent system..

    Your firm, has a special place in my forthcoming book 🙂

  3. Pro Say October 5, 2021 11:17 pm

    ” sham entity created for the purpose of venue”

    Hilarious. Look who’s calling the kettle black.

    The guy who runs a proxy, sham entity created for the purpose of . . . doing the despicable work of others.

    Sham entity indeed.

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