Patent Filings Roundup: Uniloc (Fortress) Waves White Flag; IP Edge Files Dozens of Complaints to Start Third Quarter; Joao NPE Sues Texas Border Health Clinic, Withdraws

By Jonathan Stroud
October 7, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/3834376/stock-photo-lawsuit.htmlThe third quarter came in like a wrecking ball, with district court patent filings spiking to 121 (roughly double average, driven entirely by a huge 48-complaint dump by IP Edge subsidiaries); Patent Trial and appeal Board (PTAB) filings were steady at 28, all  inter partes reviews (IPRs). A pattern seems to be emerging from IP Edge of a spike in settlements and terminations at the end of a fiscal quarter, followed by another round of filings when the next quarter starts. IP Edge is on pace to break the records it previously held for most complaints by a set of related entities in a calendar year. The Board denied another case under their Section 314(d) Fintiv discretion in light of an International Trade Commission (ITC) case, noting that, as “the ITC is scheduled to complete its investigation approximately seven-and-a-half months before the due date for the final written decision, this factor weighs in favor of exercising our discretion to deny institution.”

Raymond Anthony Joao Subsidiary Sues East Texas Border Clinic: In mid-September Raymond Anthony Joao subsidiary GreatGigz Solutions LLC, a four-patent assertion entity alleging infringement of patents related to recruitment and fulfilling temporary or “gig” economy positions, sued East Texas Border Health Clinic, a non-profit clinic group in Marshall, Texas.  The patents include U.S. 6,662,194, 9,760,864, 10,096,000, and 7,490,086. The clinic, which does business as Genesis Prime Care, has roughly 20 small clinics or practices in Texarkana, Marshall, and Atlanta (Texas), and focuses primarily on family and pediatric medicine.

Uniloc Retires NPE Crown (for now): With the lingering ZTE and LG suits dropped this week, only a handful of some of the 500+ suits Uniloc has filed since 2014 remain active, and those all are seemingly stayed pending appeals or reviews; Uniloc has also been withdrawing appeals. Uniloc, which was once controlled by Craig Etchegoyen, but which several courts have found to have defaulted on debt (though both Uniloc and Fortress have denied this) and transferred some 600+ patents to Fortress IP in 2016, has been winding down the sprawling suits for some time; meanwhile, Etechgoyen and his counsel have moved on to monetize via the WSOU entities, and Fortress seems content to let this wave of litigation die, prosecute all pending applications related to the Pendragon portfolio, and possibly set it up for a sale or later assertion. Either way, it appears the file-first, never-quit entity’s strategy ultimately backfired—or at least was not effective enough to keep the filer afloat.

This article was updated on October 8 to clarify the circumstances surrounding Uniloc’s default.

PTAB (28)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-01565 Filed White Swell Medical Ltd Abiomed, Inc. 10639460
IPR2021-01585 Filed American Science and Engineering Inc. Viken Detection Coporation 7400701
IPR2021-01577 Filed Ravgen, Inc. Streck, Inc. 7332277
IPR2021-01584 Filed Aortic Innovations, LLC Edwards LifeSciences LLC 10857011
IPR2021-01578 Filed Ecofactor, Inc. [Trane Technologies PLC] Google LLC 8886488
IPR2021-01579 Filed DivX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Roku, Inc. 8832297
IPR2021-01598 Filed Rideshare Displays, Inc. Lyft Inc. 9892637
IPR2021-01576 Filed Lynk Labs, Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10652979
IPR2021-01580 Filed DivX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Roku, Inc. 8832297
IPR2021-01535 Filed Amit Patel Restem LLC 9803176
IPR2021-01568 Filed Paradise IP LLC [IP Edge] Unified Patents, LLC 7200613
IPR2021-01487 Filed Future Link Systems, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Apple, Inc 6622108
IPR2021-01563 Filed Sonos, Inc. Google LLC 9967615
IPR2021-01600 Filed Rideshare Displays, Inc. Lyft Inc. 10395525
IPR2021-01601 Filed Rideshare Displays, Inc. Lyft Inc. 10559199
IPR2021-01557 Filed Micropairing Techs. LLC [Validity LLC] Unified Patents, LLC 8953816
IPR2022-00001 Filed Kajeet, Inc. NortonLifeLock Inc 8667559
IPR2021-01594 Filed Sable Networks, Inc. [Sable IP, LLC] Splunk Inc. 7630358
IPR2021-01597 Filed Ifit Health and Fitness Inc. Peloton Interactive, Inc. 10293211
IPR2021-01593 Filed Optical LIcensing, LLC [IP Edge] STMicroelectronics, Inc. 6791898
IPR2021-01599 Filed Rideshare Displays, Inc Lyft Inc. 10169987
IPR2021-01488 Filed Future Link Systems, LLC Apple, Inc 6807505
IPR2022-00002 Filed Joseph Y. Yoon Intellectual Property LLC Unified Patents, LLC 9376076
IPR2021-01377 Filed Intellectual Ventures II LLC Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company 8023991
IPR2021-01602 Filed Rideshare Displays, Inc Lyft Inc. 10748417
IPR2021-01575 Filed Lynk Labs, Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10154551
IPR2021-01566 Filed Unirac, Inc. Ecofasten Solar, LLC
Wencon Development, Inc. d/b/a Quickmount PV Corporation
8128044
IPR2021-01564 Filed White Swell Medical Ltd Abiomed, Inc. 10639460
IPR2021-00733 Not Instituted – Merits Ecofasten Solar, LLC Unirac, Inc. 10676929
IPR2021-00728 Not Instituted – Merits Stragent, LLC Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00656 Not Instituted – Merits University of South Florida Board of Trustees Hologic, Inc.
Varex Imaging Corp.
Mevis Medical Solutions AG
6630937
IPR2021-00626 Not Instituted – Merits Koss Corporation Apple, Inc 10206025
IPR2021-00671 Not Instituted – Merits Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company
Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC
Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc.
8510081
IPR2021-00727 Not Instituted – Merits Stragent, LLC Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
BMW of North America, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00555 Not Instituted – Merits Health Discovery Corporation Intel Corporation 10402685
IPR2021-00659 Not Instituted – Procedural The Solaria Corporation Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar USA Inc.
10651333
IPR2021-00792 Instituted Ecofactor, Inc. Ecobee, Inc. 8498753
IPR2021-00739 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations ZyXEL Communications Corporation 8249204
IPR2021-00582 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations Qualcomm Incorporated 8565326
IPR2021-00741 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations ZyXEL Communications Corporation 8565326
IPR2020-01504 Instituted Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8498753
IPR2021-00758 Instituted Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 9641785
IPR2021-00377 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations Qualcomm Incorporated 8249204
IPR2021-00375 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations Qualcomm Incorporated 8265096
IPR2021-00695 Instituted WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen] ZTE Corporation
ZTE USA Inc
ZTE (TX), Inc
8147071
IPR2021-00701 Instituted Proven Networks LLC F5 Networks, Inc. 7877786
IPR2021-00749 Instituted Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well Corporation 10471588
IPR2021-00734 Instituted UNM Rainforest Innovations ZyXEL Communications Corporation 8265096
IPR2021-00639 Settlement 3G Licensing S.A. Cradlepoint, Inc.
Dell, Inc.
Honeywell International, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
8189611
IPR2021-00678 Settlement Sisvel S.P.A. TCT Mobile US Inc.
TCT Mobile US Holdings Inc.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
TCT Mobile International Limited
TCT Mobile Inc
8971279
IPR2020-00628 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
Jodi A. Dalvey
Avery Products Corporation
Neenah, Inc.
Nokia
RE41623
IPR2020-00648 Final Written Decision DivX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Netflix, Inc.
Hulu, LLC
9998515
IPR2020-00747 Final Written Decision CoolIT Systems, Inc. Asetek A/S
Asetek Danmark A/S
9057567
IPR2020-00725 Final Written Decision Personalized Media Communications, LLC Google LLC 9674560
IPR2020-00633 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
Jodi A. Dalvey
STAHLS’ Inc RE41623
IPR2020-00647 Final Written Decision DivX, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Hulu, LLC
Netflix, Inc.
9270720
CBM2020-00012 Final Written Decision Trioptima AB Quantile Technologies Limited 8010441
IPR2020-00721 Final Written Decision Personalized Media Communications, LLC Google LLC 7865920
IPR2020-00762 Final Written Decision Hoyt Augustus Fleming Cirrus Design Corporation RE47474
IPR2020-00641 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
Jodi A. Dalvey
STAHLS’ Inc RE41623
PGR2020-00057 Final Written Decision Basf Plant Science Company GmbH
Basf Plant Science GMBH
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 10351870
IPR2021-00806 Procedural Termination Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC Google LLC 9747903

District Court (121)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
3:21-cv-07526 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Sieva Networks, Inc. 9261365
1:21-cv-23446 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey M. Gross] H.S.T. Systems and Technology, Inc. 8688990
8375212
1:21-cv-01371 Filed Decatur Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Spectrum Mobile, LLC 9706476
1:21-cv-01373 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Ezlo Innovation Ltd. 9986435
1:21-cv-11594 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] AccuTracking, Inc. 9261365
6:21-cv-00996 Filed MCOM IP, LLC [Dynamic IP d/b/a DynaIP] Vantage Bank Texas 8862508
6:21-cv-00997 Filed R2 Solutions LLC [Acacia Research] Roku, Inc. 8903778
8442929
8209317
9805097
8862610
7860878
6:21-cv-01003 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Google LLC 7196322
7598580
6876544
8314481
6:21-cv-01005 Filed ETLA, LLC Paypal, Inc. D857899
1:21-cv-01381 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Spok, Inc. 9591551
9173154
9369575
8861512
1:21-cv-01383 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Cox Communciations, Inc. 7827581
9344183
1:21-cv-01385 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Zoom Video Communications, Inc. 6970706
8:21-cv-02298 Filed Jimmy Roy Huddleston Michael Sperduti
Matthew Nickerson
0:21-cv-62044 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Wartsila North America 6819539
1:21-cv-01397 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Omron Electronics LLC [Omron Corporation] 6972790
8537242
3:21-cv-17924 Filed Bristol-Myers Squibb
1:21-cv-08107 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge] Pyle Pro Audio Corp. 7916877
1:21-cv-23484 Filed Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco Inc. d/b/a Hilco Global] Blu Products, Inc. 6963129
6858930
8204554
7319889
6696941
6941156
6:21-cv-01011 Filed MALLARD IP LLC Super Micro Computer 6603330
6:21-cv-01012 Filed Copperfield Licensing LLC [IP Edge] KLA CORPORATION 6808944
6:21-cv-01014 Filed Aprese Systems Texas, LLC Audi AG
Audi North Austin
10255059
9215273
9207924
8732697
8887155
9210214
2:21-cv-17926 Filed Bristol-Myers Squibb Alembic 7491725
8680103
2:21-cv-01332 Filed MALLARD IP LLC Inspur Systems Inc 6603330
6:21-cv-01020 Filed Mesa Digital, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] Cellco Partnership, Inc. 9031537
1:21-cv-01362 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Buzzfeed, Inc. 7848328
5:21-cv-07562 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen] Juniper Networks Inc 7596140
1:21-cv-01368 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge] SDI Technologies, Inc. 7916877
6:21-cv-01004 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies Inc.
7196322
6876544
8004602
1:21-cv-01384 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Ooma, Inc. 6970706
1:21-cv-01389 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Leica Geosystem Inc. 6661783
1:21-cv-01391 Filed Burbank Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Centrak 6687864
8:21-cv-02308 Filed Optical Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Analog Devices, Inc. 6791898
6:21-cv-06608 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Corning, Inc. RE44199
6:21-cv-01010 Filed Honeywell Int’l Inc.
Hand Held Products, Inc.
Metrologic Instruments, Inc
Zebra Technologies 10171767
9578269
7527206
9148474
9929906
1:21-cv-02646 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Premiere Global Services, Inc. 9591551
9173154
9369575
8861512
3:21-cv-07671 Filed BelAir Electronics, Inc. Poetic Cases, Inc. D397246
D338470
D369903
5012513
D395749
4121061
D425907
10097676
D348472
D408402
D396951
D337435
D382538
D342262
D385554
D365927
D448368
D385283
D400541
1:21-cv-05167 Filed Interactive Play Devices LLC [Empire IP] TOMY International, Inc. 7491108
9868072
1:21-cv-01399 Filed Copperfield Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Applied Materials, Inc. 7094707
1:21-cv-01401 Filed Heritage IP LLC [IP Edge] Fossil Group 6854067
3:21-cv-17831 Filed Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
PF PRISM IMB BV
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 8501712
8039451
9682092
8168614
6:21-cv-01015 Filed Sightline Payments LLC Everi Games Holding Inc.’ Everi Payments Inc.; Everi Holdings Inc. 8998708
9785926
9196123
8708809
9466176
1:21-cv-01402 Filed Pfizer
Pfizer Products Inc.
C. P. Pharmaceuticals International C.V.
PF Prism C.V.
Apotex
Apotex Inc.
6890927
7265119
3:21-cv-07721 Filed ON24, Inc. webinar.net, Inc. 9148480
4:21-cv-03203 Filed Yeti Coolers Igloo Products Corporation D781146
D783368
11014720
D807126
D780530
D807125
D781145
D784775
D799906
D823069
D780577
D760586
D779891
D783367
D804256
6:21-cv-01021 Filed AML IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Signet Group Services US Inc. 6876979
7177979
1:21-cv-01356 Filed Digi Portal LLC [IP Edge] Serena & Lily, Inc. 9626342
5983227
8352854
7565359
7171414
6:21-cv-01000 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Microsoft Corp. 7196322
8004602
6590269
8314481
6876544
6:21-cv-01001 Filed EMA Electromechanics, Inc. Siemens Corp.
Siemens
7724489
1:21-cv-01375 Filed Typhoon IP LLC [IP Edge] Robert Bosch GmbH 7881861
8108141
1:21-cv-01377 Filed Aortic Innovations LLC Edwards Lifesciences (U.S.) Inc.
Edwards Lifesciences Co.
10966846
10987236
11129735
10881538
1:21-cv-01380 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Eharmony, Inc. 9591551
9173154
9369575
8861512
1:21-cv-01392 Filed Burbank Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Phyton, Inc. 6687864
1:21-cv-04002 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge] Audio Enhancement, Inc. 7916877
1:21-cv-01066 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge] Yorkville Sound Inc. 7916877
6:21-cv-01006 Filed Lauri Valjakka MICROSOFT CORPORATION 8495167
6:21-cv-01009 Filed Monument Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Johnson Controls, Inc.
Johnson Controls International, PLC
7730036
1400000
8643746
9013604
8024311
8665345
7106333
8305452
8842155
7212668
3:21-cv-07561 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen] Juniper Networks 7518990
1:21-cv-01393 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Starry, Inc. 7827581
9344183
1:21-cv-02638 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Zinwave, LLC RE44199
2:21-cv-07821 Filed Acorn West LLC Berkley Industries, LLC
International Paper Co.
Berkley International (NC), LLC
Berkley International, LLC
10124924
2:21-cv-00373 Filed S3G Technology LLC Macy`s 9081897
9940124
10261774
1:21-cv-01396 Filed Be Labs, Inc. ViaSat, Inc. 7827581
9344183
1:21-cv-08116 Filed Alexsam, Inc. American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. 6000608
2:21-cv-17954 Filed Eposeidon Outdoor Adventure, Inc. Mighty Ventures, Inc.
Israel Harry Zimmerman
Mighty Mug Inc.
8757418
8028850
4941635
6:21-cv-01019 Filed Mesa Digital, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] Kyocera International, Inc. 9031537
6:21-cv-01023 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Atlantic IP, Magentar Capital] Oracle 8193792
3:21-cv-07521 Filed CoStar Realty Information, Inc. Modern Font Applications LLC 9892093
8522127
9886421
1:21-cv-01355 Filed Digi Portal LLC [IP Edge] Foot Locker, Inc. 9626342
5983227
8352854
7565359
7171414
1:21-cv-01359 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Thermo King 6819539
1:21-cv-01360 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Conde Nast Entertainment LLC 7848328
6:21-cv-00993 Filed PerdiemCo, LLC [PerDiem, Robert Babayi] EROAD Limited
Coretex Limited
EROAD Inc.
Coretex USA, Inc.
9871874
10284662
3:21-cv-07557 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen] Juniper Networks Inc 7483998
4:21-cv-07476 Filed Unicorn Energy GmbH Tesla, Inc. 10008869
1:21-cv-05126 Filed Lyne Laboratories, Inc. Samsung Group 11019697
1:21-cv-01365 Filed Cisco Systems, Inc.
Acacia Communications, Inc.
Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd. 11133872
1:21-cv-01367 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Omega Engineering RE44199
1:21-cv-01374 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Verkada, Inc. 9986435
1:21-cv-08065 Filed Altair Logix LLC [IP Edge] Universal Remote Control, Inc. 6289434
6:21-cv-01002 Filed KT Imaging USA, LLC [Texas IP Ventures II, LLC] Apple, Inc. 7511261
7196322
7598580
8314481
8004602
4:21-cv-03145 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Advanced Tracking Technologies, Inc. 9261365
2:21-cv-07753 Filed Major League Toss Inc. Jeffrey Montenare
2:21-cv-00370 Filed GreatGigz Solutions, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] East Texas Border Health Clinic d/b/a Genesis PrimeCare 6662194
9760864
10096000
7490086
4:21-cv-00755 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Multiquip Inc. 6819539
1:21-cv-01382 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Net2Phone Global Services, LLC 6970706
1:21-cv-01386 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Datto, Inc. 7827581
9344183
1:21-cv-01387 Filed Be Labs, Inc. Humax USA, Inc. 7827581
9344183
1:21-cv-01388 Filed IP Power Holdings, Ltd. West Marine Inc. 6637811
1:21-cv-01390 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Teledyne Technologies 6661783
4:21-cv-01858 Filed Optical Licensing LLC [IP Edge] TTM Technologies North America, LLC 6791898
1:21-cv-01398 Filed Copperfield Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Bruker Corp. 6844262
2:21-cv-17923 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners, LLC] Maxlite, Inc.
2:21-cv-17925 Filed LedComm LLC [IP Valuation Partners, LLC] Maxlite, Inc. 7161190
7301176
6982522
6803606
7012277
7490959
3:21-cv-17926 Filed Bristol-Myers Squibb Alembic 7491725
8680103
1:21-cv-02659 Filed Lecrew Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Dish Network 9516370
0:21-cv-02151 Filed Emad Abed CrossCheck, Inc. 8041099
7899234
2:21-cv-01333 Filed Heritage IP LLC [IP Edge] Nintendo 6854067
6:21-cv-01018 Filed SurfCast, Inc. Microsoft Corp. 7933632
9363338
6724402
9043712
9946434
6724403
9032317
1:21-cv-01357 Filed Digi Portal LLC [IP Edge] VF Outdoor, LLC 9626342
5983227
8352854
7565359
7171414
1:21-cv-01361 Filed Digi Portal LLC [IP Edge] Wolverine World Wide 9626342
5983227
8352854
7565359
7171414
1:21-cv-01363 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Skillshare, INC. 7848328
1:21-cv-01364 Filed Nimitz Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Twitter 7848328
3:21-cv-02293 Filed Bell Northern Research, LLC [Hilco, Inc. d/b/a Hilco Global] OnePlus Mobile Communications (Guangdong) Co., Ltd.
OnePlus USA Corp
OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
8416862
7039435
7957450
7564914
6963129
6858930
8204554
7319889
RE48629
6696941
6941156
3:21-cv-07560 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen] Juniper Networks Inc. 8284656
4:21-cv-07559 Filed Sonos Google LLC 9344206
9967615
10779033
10469966
9219460
1:21-cv-05109 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp. Meredith Corporation 6049835
1:21-cv-05138 Filed Altair Logix LLC [IP Edge] Boeing 6289434
1:21-cv-01366 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Mirion Technologies, Inc. RE44199
1:21-cv-01370 Filed Decatur Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Mint Mobile, LLC 9706476
1:21-cv-01372 Filed Celebration IP LLC [IP Edge] Blackbird Management Group, LLC
The Power-Sonic Corporation
6346795
7:21-cv-08063 Filed Research Products Corp. Think Crucial LLC 8945267
8623109
4:21-cv-07558 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [WSOU Holdings, Inc.; Craig Etchegoyen] Juniper Networks Inc 7620273
2:21-cv-00371 Filed Multifold International Incorporated Pte. Ltd. Samsung Elects. Co., Ltd.
Samsung Group
D753143
10375207
8836842
9058153
8875050
8854834
10866694
9134756
D755201
8832577
10642485
8881053
8842080
10203848
D760733
D753142
D752606
10386890
1:21-cv-05161 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] SmartWitness USA, LLC RE44199
1:21-cv-01379 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Pinger, Inc. 9591551
9173154
9369575
8861512
1:21-cv-11602 Filed Rigshospitalet Takeda Pharmaceutical Co.
Shire-NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
9572867
9060992
9974835
9974836
9539310
9592274
9974838
9987335
9968657
9545435
9968658
9592273
9981014
9981016
9545434
9987334
9555079
9999656
9981015
9968655
9974837
9968656
9993528
6:21-cv-01007 Filed Amperex Technology Limited Maxell, Ltd.
Maxell Holdings, Ltd.
9077035
8691446
9166251
9350019
6:21-cv-01008 Filed Honeywell Int’l. Inc.
Hand Held Products, Inc.
Metrologic Instruments, Inc
Zebra Technologies 7611060
7866557
7815120
8794520
8387884
10242240
7770799
8474723
10769394
8902353
8998089
7568628
9033237
10929623
7762464
10721429
8950673
10142531
6:21-cv-01013 Filed Copperfield Licensing LLC [IP Edge] MKS Instruments, Inc 6809033
3:21-cv-17941 Filed Orexo Sun Pharmaceutical 10946010
11020388
8658198
9259421
8940330
9439900
10874661
8470361
11020387
6:21-cv-01022 Filed Sinox Company YiFeng Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
Shenzhen Yuandaoyuan Industrial Co. Ltd.
RE45429
6:21-cv-01024 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Atlantic IP, Magnetar Capital] Google LLC 8193792

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  1. Josh Malone October 8, 2021 8:16 am

    From small-town Wisconsin, Jodi Schwendimann did not attend college; however, she had the drive, innovativeness, and work ethic to succeed. Early in her career, Ms. Schwendimann joined a small local business, a paper coating company called American Coating Technologies. She worked directly for the founder of the company, Bill Nasser, to learn everything she could about paper coating technology and the economics of launching new products.

    American Coating’s products included paper for desktop inkjet printers. Ms. Schwendimann and Mr. Nasser realized that American Coatings could serve a growing market of home hobbyists that used ordinary inkjet printers to create custom apparel by printing designs onto heat-sensitive transfer sheets and then ironing the designs onto clothing. Their innovations for light-colored fabrics were awarded a number of patents. They also understood the value of developing techniques for transferring designs onto dark-colored fabrics, But it was a difficult problem because, among other challenges related to providing a white background on a dark fabric so the printed image can be seen, desktop inkjet printers do not print white ink.

  2. Josh Malone October 8, 2021 8:16 am

    Ms. Schwendimann and Mr. Nasser ultimately overcame their challenges and successfully developed techniques allowing the at-home application of high-quality inkjet-printed images onto dark fabric in a single step. Their innovation marked a sea change for home hobbyists. Reliable customization of dark clothing was suddenly within reach of ordinary consumers. It also allowed businesses to economically print smaller batches of customized shirts. Ms. Schwendimann and Mr. Nasser applied for, and were awarded, several patents for their innovative dark fabric transfer technology.

    Ms. Schwendimann eventually obtained control of the rights to her dark-fabric transfer inventions. She commercialized those inventions, consumers embraced her products, and her business grew.

    Unsurprisingly, larger competitors wanted to appropriate that market for themselves. In 2008, she was forced to sue one of those competitors for patent infringement. Nine years later, she finally obtained a favorable ruling in an Article III district court that the competitor had been willfully infringing her patents. That verdict was affirmed by another Article III court on appeal. The suit vindicated Ms. Schwendimann as the true inventor of the patented technology and the validity of her innovations over the prior art; however, the numbers clearly showed that infringing her patents was very profitable to the defendant based on its profits minus legal fees and payment to Schwendimann.

  3. Josh Malone October 8, 2021 8:17 am

    But her victory was short-lived. Ever-larger competitors continued (as alleged) to appropriate her technology without permission and gobble up her market as their own. These competitors included some of the largest heat-transfer materials manufacturers in the world—major stakeholders in the U.S. patent system in their own right—who found it more efficient to infringe her patents than innovate their own solutions.

    To protect her business, Ms. Schwendimann initiated three more lawsuits. Groups of alleged infringers responded by launching a combined fifteen petitions for IPR against eight of her patents. Three of the petitions are currently awaiting a decision on whether to institute review, but of the remaining five patents, four are subject to an astonishing ten concurrent IPRs. Only one patent has so far avoided institution of review of the two petitions against it.

  4. Josh Malone October 8, 2021 8:18 am

    Ms. Schwendimann’s story is, unfortunately, typical. And it demonstrates how large corporations can exploit IPRs in a way that far exceeds the Office’s role in refining patent quality. Ms. Schwendimann’s patents can hardly be said to represent the hazy, yet constantly invoked, category of “bad patents” that occasionally, and inevitably, slip through the Office without adequate scrutiny. The four patents that are currently subject to IPR trials already survived the rigors of district court litigation against a motivated challenger. Based on the scrutiny these patents received in litigation, the Office should be amply satisfied that the examiner who issued the patents acted reasonably. But the PTAB has signaled it is for some reason not satisfied—ten times over. So, Ms. Schwendimann must defend these patents yet again, over and above the cost of her litigations.Instead of the patent process supporting innovators like Ms. Schwendimann, it actually has become an obstacle to innovators like her from realizing the value of their innovations in a timely manner.

    The large entities bringing these IPRs are plainly using the Office’s resources to make an end-run around the statutory presumption of validity applicable in district court, resolving the same questions that a jury could and would otherwise answer, and at the small business owner’s expense. That piling-on strategy is not in the public’s or the Office’s interest. It wrongly evinces a lack of faith in the American system—both a lack of faith in lay juries to decide patent cases, and a lack of faith in the expertise of the Office to issue valid patents. And it consumes the Office’s resources in redundant proceedings for no identifiable benefit—all on the premise that it is, somehow, good public policy for insulated, unaccountable PTAB judges to be asked to decide, again and again, whether the Office’s previous decisions are wrong.

  5. Anon October 8, 2021 2:58 pm

    Josh,

    Thank you for posting such a compelling counter-narrative to the tone that the series of this particular regular contributor to IPWatchdog sets in motion.

    This series is routinely “reflected upon” at that other blog with intonations that anyone (gasp, let alone a non-practicing entity) that brings a lawsuit to protect their (negative) property rights of a patent [with the deliberate phrasing to highlight the fact that identifying a plaintiff as *non-practicing* is actually immaterial to the merits of what the patent right IS, and thus must be at least considered to be nothing more than propaganda].

  6. Josh Malone October 8, 2021 11:48 pm

    Credit to Bridget Smith. https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/19/19-1434/164908/20201229142827443_19-1434 Arthrex Amicus.pdf#page=25

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