Patent Filings Roundup: IP Edge Files Another 50, Comprising 13% of all District Court Litigation; Hawk Hit with Declaratory Judgment For Asserting Already-Invalid Patent

By Jonathan Stroud
November 4, 2021

patent filingsIt was another banner week in district court complaints, led primarily by a deluge of new IP Edge complaints—49 in all, by my count—including newer subsidiaries (like Wiesblatt Licensing or Hickory IP) and old mainstays like Moxchange and Tunnel IP (over a dozen entities in total).

At this point in 2021, IP Edge has filed at least 519 known suits via non-practicing entity (NPE) vehicles (more by various counts); it is by far the highest aggregate filer of all time, and of this year. To date, there have been 4,001 patent complaints filed (per Unified’s portal, based on publicly available PACER docket data); IP Edge thus has again filed upwards of 10% (so far, 13+%) of all U.S. patent litigation in 2021, up from last year. It also, for the first time, went to trial on one of its many patent assertions, though overwhelmingly vast majority of them remain file-and-settle affairs.

The heavy district court action is contrasted with this week’s average-rate 29 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings (two post grant reviews [PGRs] and 27 inter partes reviews [IPRs]). Many of the IPRs filed were in response to big-ticket Magnetar Capital-funded campaigns, of which there are now at least seven major campaigns in progress from the Irish entities (controlled and organized under the aegis of Atlantic IP).  This, paired with another 80 or so terminations this week (many IP Edge cases), demonstrates that the base of file-and-settle suits is still on pace to set U.S. records and continues unabated in 2021.

Recent Magnetar Capital-funded Campaign Leads to Early IPRs: One of the most recent Magentar Capital-funded big-ticket campaigns, Scramoge Tech. Ltd., has resulted in at least four IPRs filed by defendant Apple there. Scramoge alleges their portfolio, much of which originated with LG, is directed to the ersatz-open wireless charging Qi standard.

Small Companies Hit Back at Hawk: Hawk Technology Systems (which has to date sued upwards of 200 small local businesses, nonprofits, and government entities, including multiple Goodwill franchises, local school and municipal districts, local car dealerships, and (the University of Michigan fan in me is OK with this) the City of Lansing, Michigan, is the subject of another declaratory judgment action, this time by Missouri-based security company Interface Security Systems. They allege that, despite one of the two patents (same small family and subject matter) asserted against them being declared invalid under 101 by a district court judge, Hawk has continued to send demand letters and claim charts to their various customers. The patents, U.S. 10,499,091 and 10,945,004, are ostensibly directed to local-to-business security systems. It is worth noting that Hawk has continued to sue small companies unabated since early 2012 on the same small portfolio of first one, and now three, patents.

                                   PTAB (29)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2022-00101 Filed Lynk Labs, Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10750583
IPR2022-00028 Filed American Science and Engineering, Inc. [OSI Systems Inc.] Viken Detection Corp. 7505562
IPR2022-00051 Filed Lynk Labs, Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10492251
IPR2022-00098 Filed Lynk Labs, Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10517149
IPR2022-00106 Filed Illinois Tool Works, Inc. Termax Company D897826
IPR2022-00107 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Bravos Licensing and Developments [WSOU Holdings, Craig Etchegoyen] F5 Networks, INC 7860000
IPR2022-00110 Filed Unicorn Energy Gmbh Tesla, Inc. 10008869
IPR2022-00100 Filed LY Lynk Labs, Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10750583
IPR2022-00115 Filed Intellectual Ventures II LLC Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co 7464240
PGR2022-00007 Filed Ward Participations BV Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10992480
IPR2022-00103 Filed Bright Data Ltd. CODE200, UAB
TESO LT, UAB
METACLUSTER LT, UAB
OXYSALES, UAB
11044342
IPR2022-00109 Filed Vida Sense Innovation Ltd Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd 7433202
IPR2022-00125 Filed Fennec Pharmaceuticals Inc Hope Medical Enterprises, Inc 10792363
IPR2022-00114 Filed Ward Participations BV Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 11063766
IPR2022-00118 Filed Scramoge Tech. Ltd.  [Atlantic IP, Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 10804740
IPR2022-00112 Filed Defenders of the American Dream, LLC Google LLC 8621578
IPR2022-00120 Filed Scramoge Tech. Ltd. [Atlantic IP, Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 9997962
PGR2022-00005 Filed Impinj, Inc. NXP USA, Inc 10929734
IPR2022-00119 Filed Scramoge Tech. Ltd. [Atlantic IP, Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 10424941
IPR2022-00052 Filed Lynk Labs, Inc Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10492251
IPR2022-00099 Filed Rotolight Limited [Rotolight Grp. Ltd.] Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG 10845044
IPR2022-00085 Filed Alexander Soto
Walter Soto
II-VI Incorporated 10763958
IPR2022-00113 Filed Ward Participations BV Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10992480
IPR2022-00121 Filed Digital Cache, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] Pure Storage, Inc 6851015
IPR2022-00116 Filed Intellectual Ventures II LLC Hewlett Packard Enterprises Co. 7882320
IPR2022-00031 Filed MemoryWeb, LLC Apple Inc. 10621228
IPR2022-00069 Filed Koninklijke KPN N.V. [Philips] Ericsson, Inc. 9253637
IPR2022-00108 Filed Vida Sense Innovation Ltd Chongqing HKC Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. 6870530
IPR2022-00123 Filed Oregon Health Science University Hope Medical Enterprises, Inc 10596190
IPR2021-00718 Not Instituted – Merits Stratosaudio, Inc. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 9584843
IPR2021-00793 Not Instituted – Merits Altria Client Services LLC [Altria Group Inc.] R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company 10420374
IPR2021-00809 Not Instituted – Merits Spg Dry Cooling Usa LLC Evapco Dry Cooling, Inc 9551532
IPR2021-00875 Instituted Guada Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Elastic N.V. 7231379
PGR2021-00077 Instituted Payrange, Inc. Kiosoft Technologies, LLC
Techtrex, Inc.
10719833
IPR2021-00835 Instituted AMO Development, LLC [Johnson & Johnson] Alcon, Inc.
Alcon Lensx, Inc.
Alcon Vision, LLC
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Alcon Research, LLC
et al.
9095415
IPR2021-00816 Instituted Novartis Pharma AG
Novartis Technology LLC
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 9220631
IPR2021-00715 Instituted Flexiworld Technologies, Inc. Roku, Inc. 10346114
IPR2021-00716 Instituted Stratosaudio, Inc. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 8688028
IPR2021-00813 Instituted Cupp Computing AS Trend Micro, Inc. 10621344
IPR2021-00712 Instituted Stratosaudio, Inc. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 8903307

 

                          District Court (118)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:21-cv-01496 Filed Moxchange LLC [IP Edge] Spectrum Brand Holdings 7233664
8:21-cv-02490 Filed Digital Verification Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Ademero Inc 9054860
8:21-cv-02492 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Ruptela Usa Inc 9261365
0:21-cv-62204 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Paradiso Solutions LLC 8856221
0:21-cv-62206 Filed Display Technologies LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Trividia Health Inc 9300723
6:21-cv-01105 Filed Securityprofiling LLC [Securityprofiling, LLC, Cypress Financial Group, Inc., Mirai Ventures, LLC, likely Oso IP] Trend Micro Inc 10893066
3:21-cv-08294 Filed Bluebonnet Internet Media Services LLC [Paul Varga] Pandora Media LLC 9547650
9405753
9779095
10318647
1:21-cv-05711 Filed Oakley Inc. The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D659180
1:21-cv-01505 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Razer Usa Ltd RE44199
1:21-cv-01506 Filed Tunnel Ip LLC [IP Edge] Nad Electronics Inc 7916877
1:21-cv-01507 Filed Wave Linx LLC [IP Edge] Clearone Inc 8843549
1:21-cv-01508 Filed Wave Linx LLC [IP Edge] Blackboard Inc 8843549
6:21-cv-01110 Filed 3shape As Carestream Dental LLC 10695151
11076146
RE48221
1:21-cv-01514 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Vonage Business Inc 6970706
1:21-cv-01515 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Wideopen West Finance LLC 6970706
1:21-cv-01521 Filed Wiesblatt Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Insight Enterprises Inc 8396112
1:21-cv-01525 Filed Wiesblatt Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Xfx Technology Inc 8396112
1:21-cv-01538 Filed Hickory IP LLC [IP Edge] Panasonic Corporation Of North America 7476016
1:21-cv-01540 Filed Hickory IP LLC [IP Edge] Viewsonic Corp 7476016
1:21-cv-01542 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Plume Design Inc 6711204
1:21-cv-01543 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Seagate Technology Inc 6711204
1:21-cv-01544 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Acelity Inc 6819539
3:21-cv-19463 Filed Metacel Pharmaceuticals LLC Rubicon Research Private Limited 10610502
3:21-cv-19466 Filed Neurocrine Biosciences Inc Cadila Healthcare
Zydus Healthcare Usa LLC
11040029
10993941
11026939
11026931
1:21-cv-08881 Filed Pkoh Nyc LLC Codefine Sa 10376030
9:21-cv-81998 Filed Maplebear Inc Doing Business As Instacart Greatgigz Solutions LLC 7490086
10096000
6662194
9760864
6:21-cv-01119 Filed Scenic Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Newtek Inc 8677420
6:21-cv-01120 Filed Authorization Wallet LLC [AuthWallet LLC, Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Nordstrom Inc 9292852
6:21-cv-01104 Filed Aire Technology Ltd [Atlantic IP, Magnetar Capital] Google LLC 8581706
8816827
8205249
8174360
6:21-cv-01107 Filed 3d Surfaces LLC [f/k/a Surface3D LLC] Dell Technologies Inc
Dell Technologies
RE42534
7245299
6:21-cv-01108 Filed Micropairing Technologies LLC  [Validity LLC, Northwater Intellectual Property Fund L.P. 2, a Northwater Capital Management] Volvo Car Usa LLC 8006117
8020028
7793136
7178049
6778073
1:21-cv-05723 Filed Eye Safety Systems Inc. The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D616485
1:21-cv-05729 Filed Moxchange LLC [IP Edge] Stryker Corporation 7233664
8:21-cv-02515 Filed Azurity Pharmaceuticals Inc Corerx Inc 11141405
11040023
5:21-cv-12523 Filed Interface Security Systems LLC Hawk Technology Systems LLC 10499091
10945004
6:21-cv-01109 Filed Bataan Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Enovation Controls LLC 7174494
7423982
2:21-cv-08459 Filed Angel Technologies Group LLC Instagram Inc
Facebook Inc
10417275
9959291
8954432
10628480
1:21-cv-01516 Filed Burbank Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Abaco Systems Inc 6687864
1:21-cv-01517 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Datto Inc 7187706
1:21-cv-01528 Filed Scenic Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Liveu Inc 8677420
1:21-cv-01533 Filed Zogenix Inc
Zogenix International Ltd
Apotex
Apotex Inc
10947183
10950331
1:21-cv-01537 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Telit Wireless Solutions Inc 6661783
1:21-cv-00422 Filed GRIP6 LLC Argali Outdoors LLC 10004301
1:21-cv-08909 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Salto Systems Inc 6661783
2:21-cv-00805 Filed E-z Dock Inc. Snap Dock LLC
6:21-cv-01118 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Stanley Black Decker Inc 6711204
6:21-cv-01122 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Bank Of America 8375212
6:21-cv-01123 Filed Authorization Wallet LLC [AuthWallet LLC, Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Starbucks Corporation 9292852
8:21-cv-02778 Filed Murj Inc. Rhythm Management Group Corp.
Rhythm Management Group LLC
10268989
1:21-cv-06053 Filed Hickory IP LLC [IP Edge] Casio Inc 7476016
2:21-cv-00400 Filed Varta Microbattery Gmbh Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC Dba Cambridge Audio
9799913
9496581
9153835
11024905
11024904
11024869
4:21-cv-00856 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities, Antonelli, Harrington & Thompson LLP] Motorola Solutions Inc 7088782
8:21-cv-02491 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Kelbyone LLC 8856221
1:21-cv-02867 Filed Broadband Itv Inc Dish Network
Darryl J Adams
9648388
10028026
9998791
10506269
2:21-cv-01962 Filed Acres 40 Inc Interglobe Technologies 10102714
10706677
9269231
7390263
3:21-cv-01420 Filed Cuatro Connect LLC Hydrodynamica LLC 9955710
0:21-cv-62220 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge] Jl Audio Inc 7916877
1:21-cv-23772 Filed Sata Gmbh Co Kg Uac Corp
Mario Aguliar
A A Auto Paint Supply Inc
D552715
D644716
D548816
D655347
3:21-cv-00575 Filed Affinity Tool Works LLC Hangzhou Great Star Industrial Co Ltd
Great Star Industrial Usa LLC
10987782
9815177
4:21-cv-12523 Filed Interface Security Systems LLC Hawk Technology Systems LLC 10499091
10945004
3:21-cv-08295 Filed Hd Silicon Solutions LLC [f/k/a Innovative Silicon Solutions, LLC] Microchip Technology 7154299
6748577
7260731
7870404
7810002
7302619
6774033
1:21-cv-01520 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Vivion Inc 7187706
1:21-cv-01524 Filed Wiesblatt Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Lenovo United States Inc 8396112
1:21-cv-01526 Filed Nandina Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Verity Systems 9813689
6625387
1:21-cv-01527 Filed Nandina Technologies LLC  [IP Edge] Nice Systems Coltd 9813689
6625387
2:21-cv-00406 Filed Ministrap LLC 7-Eleven Inc
1:21-cv-01529 Filed Scenic Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Sling Media LLC 8677420
1:21-cv-01532 Filed Etak Systems LLC Bt Group Holdings Inc 10650582
1:21-cv-01536 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Spectralink Corporation 6661783
1:21-cv-01541 Filed Aperture Net LLC [IP Edge] Latticework Inc 6711204
1:21-cv-01545 Filed Pearl IP Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Thermal Care Inc 6819539
1:21-cv-08815 Filed Realtime Tracker Inc. Relx Inc Dba Lexisnexis 8229810
1:21-cv-04450 Filed Swirlate IP LLC [IP Edge] Cooperative Choice LLC 7154961
4:21-cv-01191 Filed Kerr Machine Co. Spm Flow Control Inc
Spm Oil Gas Inc
10520037
10663071
9879659
6:21-cv-01114 Filed Boulder Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Cinemark Usa Inc
Cinemark Holdings Inc
6829033
8493544
8395751
9002017
2:21-cv-08575 Filed Laltitude LLC Jc Ingenium Pty Ltd
Carlos Cruz
AUD202013137
1:21-cv-01549 Filed Bayer
Bayer Healthcare LLC
Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc
Yabao Pharmaceutical Co Ltd Beijing
Yabao Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd
9737488
8877933
2:21-cv-00802 Filed Acufloor Eventile Inc
Forpac LLC
10704274
10513857
D870527
D832680
10501947
10704271
6:21-cv-01121 Filed Auth Token LLC [Jeffrey Gross] American Express Company 8375212
1:21-cv-11769 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp Trustees Of Boston University 6049835
2:21-cv-00398 Filed Whirlpool Corporation Individuals Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations That Own Or Operate Wwwcoachfilterscom
Individuals Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations That Own Or Operate Wwwdfilterscom
Individuals Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations That Own Or Operate Wwwvnvnvcom
8591736
7000894
8356716
10010820
9937451
8845896
4:21-cv-00855 Filed American Patents LLC [Jon Rowan entities, Antonelli, Harrington & Thompson LLP] Edimax Technology Co Ltd 7088782
1:21-cv-01491 Filed Bataan Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Deere Co 7174494
1:21-cv-01501 Filed Swirlate Ip LLC [IP Edge] Volterra Inc 7154961
2:21-cv-19293 Filed Curia Ip Holdings LLC Bausch Health Companies Inc
Alfasigma Usa Inc
Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Alfasigma Spa
Salix Pharmaceuticals
10556915
10745415
1:21-cv-00963 Filed Aacraft Inc Jameslycr D895455
1:21-cv-01189 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp Association For Supervision And Curriculum Development 6049835
3:21-cv-00674 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp Association For Supervision And Curriculum Development 6049835
1:21-cv-01504 Filed Stormborn Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Lindsay Corp RE44199
2:21-cv-08418 Filed General Scientific Corporation Doing Business As Surgitel Den-mat Holdings LLC 8662709
8047684
1:21-cv-05735 Filed Tunnel IP LLC [IP Edge] Mitek Corporation 7916877
1:21-cv-05739 Filed Mellaconic IP LLC [IP Edge] Fibar Usa LLC 9986435
1:21-cv-01513 Filed Valyrian IP LLC [IP Edge] Atlantic Broadband Ct LLC 6970706
1:21-cv-01518 Filed Burbank Technologies LLC [IP Edge] Dialog Semiconductor Inc 6687864
1:21-cv-01519 Filed Hydro Net LLC [IP Edge] Fscom Inc 7187706
1:21-cv-01522 Filed Azurity Pharmaceuticals Inc Corerx Inc 11141405
11040023
2:21-cv-01979 Filed Cavern Club LLC Haggar Tribal Inc
Haggar Clothing Co
Randa Accessories Leather Goods LLC
D926432
6:21-cv-01111 Filed Display Technologies LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Volvo Car Co 9300723
1:21-cv-01530 Filed Novartis Hec Pharm Usa Inc
Hec Pharm Co Ltd
10543179
1:21-cv-01535 Filed Nitetek Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Ascom Us Inc 6661783
1:21-cv-08766 Filed Fcx Solar LLC Ftc Solar Inc 10903782
1:21-cv-02900 Filed Popsockets LLC Flygrip Inc 10953535
8844098
10800024
10406671
3:21-cv-02669 Filed Xidrone Systems Inc 911 Security Inc 10670696
8:21-cv-01806 Filed Tripharma LLC William P Spencer
First Fruits Beverage Company LLC
First Fruits Business Ministry LLC
Greg Guss
Roger J Catarino
6899892
2:21-cv-00397 Filed Whirlpool Corporation Shenzhen Lujian Technology Co Ltd 8591736
7000894
8356716
10010820
9937451
8845896
2:21-cv-00399 Filed Varta Microbattery Gmbh Eve Energy Co Ltd 9799913
9496581
9153835
11024905
11024904
11024869
1:21-cv-01492 Filed Bataan Licensing LLC [IP Edge] Ena Services LLC 7174494
7423982
1:21-cv-01494 Filed Moxchange LLC [IP Edge] Napco Security Technologies 7233664
1:21-cv-01499 Filed Swirlate Ip LLC  [IP Edge] Mine Site Technologies Usa Inc 7154861
7567622
3:21-cv-00572 Filed Banyan Licensing LLC Marshalls Of Ma Inc Dba Marshalls 10893762
D846312
6:21-cv-01106 Filed Securityprofiling LLC [Securityprofiling, LLC, Cypress Financial Group, Inc., Mirai Ventures, LLC, likely Oso IP] Cisco Systems Inc 10893066
1:21-cv-05718 Filed Oakley Inc The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D842363
1:21-cv-05726 Filed Moxchange LLC [IP Edge] Hill-rom Inc 7233664
1:21-cv-02018 Filed Diamabrush LLC Malish Corporation 7988539
7690970
1:21-cv-01539 Filed Hickory IP LLC [IP Edge] Sharp Nec Display Solutions Of America Inc 7476016
1:21-cv-00840 Filed The Trustees of Purdue University Wolfspeedinc 7498633
8035112
4:21-cv-03561 Filed The Blast Bag Company Inc Hexa Containment LLC 7753090
9586725
9387524
6:21-cv-01117 Filed Informative Technology Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Codelathe Technologies Inc 8156151

 

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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. Night Writer November 4, 2021 3:54 pm

    These are great posts.

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