Patent Filings Roundup: District Court Termination Wave, Old-Fashioned Oil Fights, NPE Targets Apple and Others

By Jonathan Stroud
October 21, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/159708306/stock-photo-legal-battleand-lawsuit.htmlA slightly above-average week in patent filings saw 38 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) petitions (one post grant review and 37 inter partes reviews) and 71 district court complaints, with another massive wave of district court terminations—likely due at least in part to parties voluntarily dismissing cases and refiling them based on recent venue rulings, though it’s hard to capture, as many are simple voluntary dismissals. There also appears to have been an RPX settlement of Proven Networks (based on conjecture given the public dockets and en masse terminations); a batch of new non-practicing entity (NPE) campaigns (many spun out from Intellectual Ventures-licensed patents), including Buffalo Patents, a new single-patent DynaIP retail suit, LINFO IP, LLC, against CVS, Sears, Costco, and Target, among others; and while it isn’t captured here, Intellectual Ventures just yesterday itself launched its first major suit in years on IV Funds I and II; more on that next week.

Old-Fashioned Fight in the Oil Field: In a colorful complaint, an LLC formed to “exploit” a patent sued the inventor and assignee of all right, title, and interest in the patent, alleging that Jones contracted to sell his patented oil gauge invention—now owned, they allege, by the LLC—and was terminated shortly thereafter, released his position in the company and all of his rights to the patent, but nonetheless violated and continues to violate the patent rights by trying to compete. It’s a messy complaint with lots of salacious allegations, and it’s been a long time since I have seen a company who isn’t the actual listed assignee sue the assignee themselves for patent infringement. The case is JRT Gauges, LLC (themselves now allegedly owned by AEH Holdings LLC, or Transcontinental Energy Resource, LLC), 4:21-cv-03344, and the patent is U.S. 10,295,392.

Litigation-Funded Semiconductor NPE Moves on to Apple, TSMC: After suing (and apparently successfully collecting against) AMD, MediaTek, and Samsung, Intel, and Ibiden, litigation-funded Continental Circuits LLC and their Texas subsidiary, Continental Circuits of Texas LLC have now sued Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Apple on a group of four expired patents related to circuit boards. The previous cases had listed TSMC products and processes and there is an ongoing attempt to affect service in the MediaTek case.  The patents themselves come from a now-bankrupt Florida company that produced circuit boards. In the Intel case, the judge ordered discovery into who was financing the campaign, but the case quickly moved to arbitration and closed. The patents are 8278560, 8581105, 7501582, 9374912 and the cases are 2:21-cv-00383 and 6:21-cv-01049.

                                  PTAB (38)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2022-00006 Filed Kerry Group and Kerry Luxembourg S.á.r.l Florida Food Products, LLC 11071304
IPR2022-00053 Filed Koss Corp Apple Inc. 10206025
IPR2022-00064 Filed Netlist Inc [Fortress, Softbank] Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 10474595
IPR2022-00062 Filed Netlist Inc [Fortress, Softbank] Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 9858218
IPR2022-00016 Filed Mad Dogg Athletics Inc. Peloton Interactive, Inc 9694240
IPR2022-00044 Filed Cytiva Bioprocess R&D AB JSR Corporation
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
10343142
IPR2022-00018 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Oracle Corp. 6829691
IPR2022-00038 Filed Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well Corporation 8179418
IPR2022-00041 Filed Cytiva Bioprocess R&D AB JSR Corporation
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
10343142
IPR2022-00011 Filed Koolbridge Solar, Inc. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8937822
IPR2022-00007 Filed Koolbridge Solar, Inc. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8937822
IPR2022-00055 Filed Mcom IP LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Unified Patents, LLC 8862508
IPR2022-00039 Filed Teladoc Health Inc
Jonata Sub Two Inc
American Well Corporation 10471588
IPR2022-00063 Filed Netlist Inc. [Fortress, Softbank] Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 10217523
IPR2022-00065 Filed Flatfrog Laboratories AB Promethean Ltd. 10775935
IPR2022-00061 Filed Flatfrog Laboratories AB Promethean Ltd. 10739916
IPR2022-00042 Filed Cytiva Bioprocess R&D AB JSR Corporation
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
10875007
IPR2022-00029 Filed Ifit Health and Fitness Inc. Peloton Interactive, Inc. 7166062
IPR2022-00017 Filed Mad Dogg Athletics Inc. Peloton Interactive, Inc. 10137328
IPR2022-00012 Filed Koolbridge Solar, Inc. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8937822
IPR2022-00026 Filed Long Hua Technology Co. A123 Systems, LLC 8034480
IPR2022-00037 Filed Logantree LP [Gulfstream Ventures LLC] Apple Inc. 6059576
IPR2022-00036 Filed Cytiva Bioprocess R&D AB JSR Corporation
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
10213765
IPR2022-00035 Filed Securityprofiling Inc. [Securityprofiling, LLC, Cypress Financial Group, Inc., Mirai Ventures, LLC, likely Oso IP] Cisco Systems, Inc. 10893066
IPR2022-00030 Filed Ifit Health and Fitness Inc. Peloton Interactive, Inc. 7166062
IPR2022-00067 Filed Boxcast LLC Resi Media LLC 10154317
IPR2022-00066 Filed Boxcast LLC Resi Media LLC 9686574
IPR2022-00025 Filed Koninklijke Kpn NV [Phillips] Xiaomi Communications Co., Ltd. 8886772
IPR2021-01573 Filed Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. Ltd. [Neotec Yugen-Kashia, Sony, TDK Corporation] TCT Mobile US Inc.
TCL China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co. Ltd.
TCL Technology Group Corporation
TTE Technology, Inc.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
7372199
IPR2022-00043 Filed Cytiva Bioprocess R&D AB JSR Corporation
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
10213765
IPR2022-00010 Filed Koolbridge Solar, Inc. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8937822
IPR2022-00009 Filed Koolbridge Solar, Inc. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8937822
PGR2022-00001 Filed Colgate-Palmolive Company EPL Limited 10889093
IPR2021-01549 Filed Vervain, LLC [Greenthread, LLC; G.R. Mohan Roa, Patent Capital Funding 2018 – Series 1A] Micron Technology, Inc. 9997240
IPR2022-00040 Filed Logantree LP [Gulfstream Ventures LLC] Apple Inc. 6059576
IPR2022-00034 Filed Aortic Innovations, LLC Edwards LifeSciences LLC 10966846
IPR2022-00045 Filed Cytiva Bioprocess R&D AB JSR Corporation
JSR Life Sciences, LLC
10875007
IPR2022-00008 Filed Koolbridge Solar, Inc. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 8937822
IPR2021-00782 Not Instituted – Merits Carnival Corporation Decurtis, LLC 10045184
IPR2021-00815 Not Instituted – Merits Sisvel International S.A. Cradlepoint, Inc.
Dell, Inc.
Honeywell International, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.
7979070
IPR2021-00783 Not Instituted – Merits Carnival Corporation Decurtis, LLC 10157514
IPR2021-00805 Not Instituted – Merits Sovereign Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor, LLC] Google LLC 10102861
IPR2021-00693 Not Instituted – Procedural Koss Corporation Apple, Inc 10469934
IPR2021-00774 Not Instituted – Procedural Triller Inc.
Mibblio, Inc.
ByteDance Ltd.
TikTok Inc.
9691429
IPR2021-00686 Not Instituted – Procedural Koss Corporation Apple, Inc 10491982
IPR2021-00679 Not Instituted – Procedural Koss Corporation Apple, Inc 10506325
IPR2020-01491 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp. LLC] Qualcomm Incorporated
STMicroelectronics, Inc.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
6534805
IPR2021-00713 Instituted Flexiworld Technologies, Inc. [William Ho Chang] Roku, Inc. 10740066
IPR2021-00787 Instituted Sipco, LLC [Ideahub, Inc.] Aruba Networks, LLC
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
7103511
IPR2021-00762 Instituted Dali Wireless Inc. Corning Optical Communications LLC 9826508
IPR2021-00764 Instituted Kinectus LLC Bumble Trading Inc. 10516979
IPR2021-00763 Instituted Kinectus LLC Bumble Trading Inc. 10117074
IPR2021-00757 Instituted International Business Machines Corporation Chewy, Inc 7076443
IPR2020-01655 Instituted International Business Machines Corporation Zillow Group, Inc.
Zillow, Inc.
Chewy, Inc
7076443
IPR2021-00776 Instituted Monterey Research, LLC [Vector Capital Corp.] Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. 6534805
IPR2021-00680 Instituted Koss Corporation Bose Corporation 10469934
IPR2021-00844 Instituted Karya Property Management, LLC Resman, LLC 7636687
IPR2021-00703 Instituted D3d Technologies Inc.
Tipping Point Medical Images LLC
Microsoft Corporation 9473766
IPR2020-00661 Final Written Decision Intertrust Technologies Corporation [Fidelio Acquisition Co. LLC] Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 8191158
IPR2020-00756 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress, Softbank] Google LLC 9564952
IPR2020-00662 Final Written Decision Intertrust Technologies Corporation [Fidelio Acquisition Co. LLC] Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 6640304
IPR2020-00825 Final Written Decision CoolIT Systems, Inc. Asetek Danmark A/S 10274266
IPR2020-00780 Final Written Decision The Regents of the University of California Satco Products, Inc. 10217916

 

                                District Court (71)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-00383 Filed Continental Circuits of Texas LLC
Continental Circuits LLC [Chicago Harbor Innovation Producers, LLC]
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company 8278560
8581105
7501582
9374912
3:21-cv-08006 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Smugmug 8437797
2:21-cv-18463 Filed Blackbird Tech LLC dba Blackbird Technologies Signify North America Corporation 7086747
6:21-cv-01060 Filed Seoul Semiconductor Co
Seoul Viosys Co.
Ace Hardware Corp. 9269868
7901113
10573785
7572653
8604496
7667225
8314440
8716946
10916684
9627435
9022618
9093627
9147821
8872419
9041032
7684653
8659050
8:21-cv-01701 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] Mitel Networks Inc. 11019372
2:21-cv-00384 Filed Tiare Tech., Inc. Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. 8682729
10157414
1:21-cv-23606 Filed Clearsale LLC [ClearSale SA] Digital Proctor, Inc. Confirmetrics LLC 9603016
8838967
9801048
6:21-cv-01065 Filed Buffalo Patents, LLC [Intellectual Ventures Assets 90 LLC, Intellectual Ventures Assets 167 LLC] ZTE 8611328
9001816
7408915
7187670
5:21-cv-08067 Filed Hongji Ongji Intelligent Bike Co., Ltd. Geek USA Inc.
Yuyi Wang
Bo (Bob) Gao
Yongfang Su
Yongfei Ent. Grp. Co.
et al.
D917349
1:21-cv-05457 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Ambir Technology, Inc. 8537242
6972790
6:21-cv-01071 Filed Scramoge Tech. Ltd. [Magnetar, Atlantic IP] Apple, Inc. 9490652
7825537
1:21-cv-01455 Filed Azurity Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Bionpharma Inc. 11040023
11141405
6:21-cv-01073 Filed Parus Holdings, Inc. Samsung Group
SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
6721705
7386455
8185402
6:21-cv-01077 Filed LINFO IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Sears Roebuck & Co. 9092428
6:21-cv-01078 Filed Charge Fusion Technologies, LLC Tesla, Inc. 10998753
9853488
10819135
1:21-cv-00912 Filed Seoul Semiconductor Co
Seoul Viosys Co.
Ace Hardware Corp. 9269868
7901113
10573785
8604496
7667225
8314440
8716946
10916684
9627435
9022618
9093627
9147821
8872419
9041032
7684653
8659050
6:21-cv-01051 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. The Charles Schwab Corporation 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01054 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Independent Bank 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01056 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Southside Bank 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01057 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Texas Capital Bank 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
4:21-cv-03344 Filed JRT Gauges, LLC [AEH Holdings, LLC, Transcontinental Energy Resource, LLC] James Jones 10295392
2:21-cv-08156 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] Brightcove, Inc. 11019372
8:21-cv-01704 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] Zoom Video Communications, Inc. 11019372
1:21-cv-05415 Filed Lupercal LLC [IP Valuation] Discover Financial Services
DFS Services, LLC
Discover Bank
9386094
1:21-cv-05445 Filed Think Green Limited d/b/a Haakaa Medela LLC
Medeia
D808006
1:21-cv-01445 Filed Globus Medical, Inc. Life Spine, Inc. 9402739
8845731
10973649
8845732
10925752
9956087
10137001
3:21-cv-18609 Filed Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V.
Janssen Research & Development, LLC
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
MYLAN PHARMACEUTICALS INC.
Mylan
10143693
2:21-cv-08183 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] Zoom Video Communications, Inc. 11019372
2:21-cv-08216 Filed CyboEnergy, Inc. Sensata Technologies Holdings, PLC 8786133
9331489
3:21-cv-18695 Filed Actelion CELGENE INTERNATIONAL II SARL
Celgene
Bristol-Myers Squibb
8785484
11014940
10251867
11014897
11013723
5:21-cv-08006 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Smugmug 8437797
3:21-cv-18463 Filed Blackbird Tech LLC dba Blackbird Technologies Signify North America Corporation 7086747
6:21-cv-01049 Filed Continental Circuits of Texas LLC
Continental Circuits LLC [Chicago Harbor Innovation Producers, LLC, unknown funders]
Apple, Inc. 8278560
8581105
7501582
9374912
6:21-cv-01050 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Broadway National Bank doing business as Broadway Bank 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01052 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Comerica 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01053 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Frost Bank 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
8:21-cv-01699 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] NTT Cloud Communications US Inc. 11019372
8:21-cv-01700 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] KDDI America, Inc. 11019372
8:21-cv-01702 Filed Scale Video Coding LLC [Equitable IP] V-Cube USA, Inc. 11019372
2:21-cv-18534 Filed Almirall, LLC Encube Ethicals Pvt. Ltd. 9517219
2:21-cv-00387 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Unitech America, Inc. 10346105
6972790
8537242
1:21-cv-05491 Filed Chrome Cherry Limited The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D858876
1:21-cv-01453 Filed Samsung Group
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Netlist, Inc. [Fortress, Softbank] 7619912
10474595
10217523
9858218
2:21-cv-08086 Filed NG IMPORTS, a California Corporation CREATEDHAIR DESIGNS, LLC, a California limited liability company 10881159
D879382
10945477
2:21-cv-18412 Filed Evolve Interactive LLC [Endpoint IP] LG Corp. 7068596
3:21-cv-07983 Filed Signify North America Corporation
Signify Holding BV
Kind LED Grow Lights LLC
Supercloset (dba Kind LED Grow Lights)
6250774
7348604
6692136
7766518
1:21-cv-05420 Filed Deckers Outdoor Corp. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D866941
1:21-cv-05426 Filed Deckers Outdoor Corp. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D901870
6:21-cv-01062 Filed Buffalo Patents, LLC [Intellectual Ventures Assets 90 LLC, Intellectual Ventures Assets 167 LLC] HTC Corp. 8611328
9001816
7408915
7187670
8:21-cv-01712 Filed FLYING EAGLE FURNITURE DESIGN, INC. Best Choice Products, Inc. D857865
1:21-cv-11676 Filed TAC Life Systems, LLC
Frank Nogueira
Peter Giannopolous
Joshua Delisle
6:21-cv-01069 Filed Texas Secure Authentication, LLC Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.
Frost Bank
7873682
1:21-cv-01452 Filed Novartis Crystal Pharmaceutical (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. 11058667
2:21-cv-08210 Filed American Honda Motor Co., Inc., a California corporation LKQ Corporation D741237
D826826
D748034
D835561
D803131
D804391
D729720
D774434
D826825
D806629
D767467
D769172
D653597
D762543
D770351
D705153
D768553
D769165
D744400
D674330
D763158
D798216
D827545
6:21-cv-01072 Filed LINFO IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Costco Wholesale 9092428
8:21-cv-01693 Filed Covco (H.K.) Limited SAS Safety Corp.
TNT Enterprises International, Inc. dba TNT Enterprises Inc.
9730477
D735968
1:21-cv-01441 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [Intellectual Ventures] Source Technologies Inc. 8537242
6972790
6:21-cv-01055 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. International Bank of Commerce 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01058 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. Vantage Bank Texas 9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
6:21-cv-01059 Filed Textile Computer Systems, Inc. WoodForest Financial Group, Inc.
Woodforest Financial Services
Woodforest National Bank
9584499
10560454
8533802
8505079
10148659
3:21-cv-07994 Filed Jenam Tech, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] GOOGLE LLC 10742774
10306026
10375215
10075564
10075565
9923996
9923995
10069945
1:21-cv-01447 Filed Novarad Corp. Medivis, Inc. 10945807
11004271
1:21-cv-08444 Filed Nanobedebe US Inc. Mayborn (UK) Limited
Mayborn Group Limited
Mayborn U S A
10952930
6:21-cv-01061 Filed Buffalo Patents, LLC [Intellectual Ventures Assets 90 LLC, Intellectual Ventures Assets 167 LLC] Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd.
Coolpad Group Ltd.
8611328
9001816
7408915
7187670
6:21-cv-01063 Filed Buffalo Patents, LLC [Intellectual Ventures Assets 90 LLC, Intellectual Ventures Assets 167 LLC] OnePlus Technology (Shenzen) Co., Ltd. 8611328
9001816
7408915
7187670
6:21-cv-01064 Filed Buffalo Patents, LLC [Intellectual Ventures Assets 90 LLC, Intellectual Ventures Assets 167 LLC] TCL Technology Group Corporation
TCL Electronics Holdings Limited
TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings, Ltd.
TCL COMMUNICATION LIMITED
8611328
9001816
7408915
7187670
6:21-cv-01066 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar, Atlantic IP] Texas Instruments 6874014
1:21-cv-01448 Filed Starz Entertainment VideoLabs, Inc.
VL Collective IP, LLC
7440559
RE43113
8605794
7233790
6:21-cv-01074 Filed LINFO IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] CVS Pharmacy, Inc. 9092428
6:21-cv-01075 Filed LINFO IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Target 9092428
6:21-cv-01076 Filed LINFO IP, LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Lowe’s Companies, Inc. 9092428

 

 

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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