Patent Filings Roundup: New Litigation-Funded Campaign; PTAB Denies Under NHK-Fintiv Despite Sotera(ish) Stipulation

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/461955494/stock-photo-patent-litigation-is-shown-on.htmlApologies for missing last week, which was a light, short holiday recap—nothing much of note beyond less-than-average patent filings, given the holidays. This week was back to the new normal at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), with 24 petitions—one post grant review (PGR) and 23 inter partes reviews (IPRs)—and 50 new filings, with fewer than usual file-and-settle suits (as it’s the beginning of a quarter, year, and month). Another unusually high 92 terminations are mostly due to the end of file-and-settle suits from last year.

A few new campaigns of note below, more discretionary denials, and a bunch of IPR denials filed against a German microbattery company round out the week. The Estech Systems IP LLC case is picking up steam—little is known about it to date—and a new litigation-funded campaign (Preservation Technologies LLC, by Altitude Capital Partners) and what looks like a new campaign potentially related to WSOU (a new entity bearing the same address and characteristics) was filed this week: Winterspring Digital LLC, with old Intellectual Ventures patents, against Fortinet, though it’s still too early to tell parentage.

Fintiv Rolls On: In a case between two server immersion cooling companies, an IPR challenge was denied over parallel litigation in the Northern District of Texas. In the decision, the Board noted that claim construction was complete (by the time the institution decision issued). The patent claims are drawn to a relatively detailed electro-mechanical cooling system. The Board weighed the Fintiv factors and found that the May 2020 suit had advanced far enough to merit using their discretion to deny. They based that decision primarily on the currently scheduled October 22, 2022, trial date, some nine and a half months out. Of note, the Board panel took pains to highlight that the filing here was made on the last possible day before the statutory one-year bar—before the infringement contentions in the district court were due but after being served with preliminary infringement contentions on the claim at issue. The Board also noted that there was “complete overlap” with validity issues preserved in the district court. The petitioner had filed what it argued was a Sotera Wireless, Inc. v. Masimo Corp (IPR2020-01019, Paper 12 [PTAB Dec. 1, 2020]) stipulation, but the Board analyzed it and said it departed substantially from the language of the stipulation used there. See IPR2021-01176, US 10,405,457.

                                     PTAB (24)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2022-00397 Filed Lite-On Technology Corporation Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. 8587013
IPR2022-00355 Filed Parus Holdings Inc. Google LLC 7386455
IPR2022-00359 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC Google LLC 7933431
IPR2022-00288 Filed Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. 9865022
IPR2022-00367 Filed XR Communications LLC Apple Inc.
HP Inc.
10715235
PGR2022-00022 Filed Knauf Insulation, Inc. Rockwool International AS 10968629
IPR2022-00396 Filed Lite-On Technology Corporation Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. 8829549
IPR2022-00317 Filed Micropairing Technoloies, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 7178049
IPR2022-00407 Filed Ventria Bioscience Inc. Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp. 8609416
IPR2022-00395 Filed Lite-on Technology Corp Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. 10916685
IPR2022-00408 Filed NEXRF Corp. Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. 8747229
IPR2022-00289 Filed Motive Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. 10726506
IPR2022-00414 Filed Sydnexis, Inc Eyenovia, Inc 10940145
IPR2022-00403 Filed Agilent Technologies, Inc. Synthego Corporation 10900034
IPR2022-00402 Filed Agilent Technologies, Inc. Synthego Corporation 10337001
IPR2022-00230 Filed Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Unified Patents, LLC 9300723
IPR2022-00388 Filed Staton Techiya, LLC [Synergy IP Corp., Staton Capital] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
10966015
IPR2022-00409 Filed NEXRF Corp. Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. 9646454
IPR2022-00361 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC Google LLC 8194924
IPR2022-00406 Filed Lite-On Technology Corporation
Genesis Photonics, Inc
Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. 8872202
IPR2022-00405 Filed Power2B Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
8547364
IPR2022-00416 Filed Kirsch Research and Development, LLC IKO Industries, Inc
IKO Industries Ltd
6308482
IPR2022-00415 Filed Sydnexis, Inc. Eyenova, Inc 10888557
IPR2022-00401 Filed KKoninklijke KPN NV Ericcson, Inc 549426
IPR2021-01170 Not Instituted – Merits Smart Path Connections, LLC Juniper Networks, Inc. 7463580
IPR2021-01207 Not Instituted – Merits Varta Microbattery Gmbh Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
Peag LLC (d/b/a JLAB Audio)
Audio Partnership PLC (d/b/a Cambridge Audio)
10804506
IPR2021-01206 Not Instituted – Merits Varta Microbattery Gmbh Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
Peag LLC (d/b/a JLAB Audio)
Audio Partnership PLC (d/b/a Cambridge Audio)
10971776
IPR2021-01044 Not Instituted – Merits Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. Helmerich & Payne International Drilling Company
Helmerich & Payne Technologies, LLC
Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc.
8528663
IPR2021-01060 Not Instituted – Merits Japan Display Inc.
Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co., Ltd.
Tianma Micro-electronics Co., Ltd. 10330989
IPR2021-01159 Not Instituted – Procedural National Products Inc. Gamber-Johnson LLC 9706026
IPR2021-01176 Not Instituted – Procedural Midas Green Technologies, LLC Immersion Systems LLC 10405457
IPR2021-01105 Not Instituted – Procedural Acqis LLC [Acqis Technology, Inc., Bill Chu] Intel Corporation 8977797
IPR2021-01104 Not Instituted – Procedural Acqis LLC [Acqis Technology, Inc., Bill Chu] Intel Corporation 8977797
IPR2021-01058 Instituted Japan Display Inc. Tianma Micro-electronics Co., Ltd. 7636142
IPR2021-01024 Instituted Ch?gai Seiyaku Kabushiki Gaisha
Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC
Fresenius Kabi Swissbiosim Gmbh
7521052
IPR2021-01116 Instituted WiTricity Corporation
Auckland Uniservices Limited
Momentum Dynamics Corporation 9767955
PGR2021-00097 Instituted Dynaenergetics Europe Gmbh SWM International, LLC
NexTier Completion Solutions LLC
10844697
IPR2021-01190 Instituted Power2B Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
10156931
IPR2021-01169 Instituted Achieve3000, Inc. Beable Education Inc. 9652993
IPR2021-01057 Instituted Japan Display Inc. Tianma Micro-electronics Co., Ltd. 7385665
PGR2021-00096 Instituted Digital Turbine Inc. ironSource Ltd 10782951
IPR2021-01025 Instituted Ch?gai Seiyaku Kabushiki Gaisha
Chugai Seiyaku Kabushiki Kaisha
Fresenius Kabi USA, LLC
Fresenius Kabi Swissbiosim Gmbh
10744201
IPR2020-00634 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
Nokia
Neenah, Inc.
7749581
IPR2020-01110 Final Written Decision Interactive Games LLC [Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.] DraftKings, Inc. 8616967
IPR2020-01107 Final Written Decision Interactive Games LLC [Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.] DraftKings, Inc. 9430901
IPR2020-01109 Final Written Decision Interactive Games LLC [Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.] DraftKings, Inc. 8956231
IPR2020-01299 Final Written Decision Paice LLC & The Abell Foundation, Inc. BMW of North America, LLC 8630761
IPR2020-01214 Final Written Decision Varta Microbattery Gmbh Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
Peag LLC (d/b/a JLAB Audio)
Audio Partnership PLC (d/b/a Cambridge Audio)
9799913
IPR2020-00629 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
Nokia
Avery Products Corporation
Neenah, Inc.
7754042
IPR2020-01211 Final Written Decision Varta Microbattery Gmbh Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
BAKER BOTTS LLP
Audio Partnership PLC (d/b/a Cambridge Audio)
9496581
IPR2020-01213 Final Written Decision Varta Microbattery Gmbh Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
Peag LLC (d/b/a JLAB Audio)
Audio Partnership PLC (d/b/a Cambridge Audio)
9799858
IPR2020-00644 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
STAHLS’ Inc 7749581
IPR2020-01212 Final Written Decision Varta Microbattery Gmbh Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
Peag LLC (d/b/a JLAB Audio)
Audio Partnership PLC (d/b/a Cambridge Audio)
9153835
IPR2020-01113 Final Written Decision UPL NA Inc. Tide International USA, Inc. 7473685
IPR2020-00635 Final Written Decision Nucoat, Inc.
Jodi A. Schwendimann
STAHLS’ Inc 7754042

                         District Court (50)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:22-cv-00002 Filed Estech Systems Ip LLC [Estech Systems, Inc.] The Charles Schwab Corporation 7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
2:22-cv-00003 Filed Estech Systems Ip LLC [Estech Systems, Inc.] Bmw 7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
2:22-cv-00007 Filed Estech Systems Ip LLC [Estech Systems, Inc.] Republic Title Of Texas Inc
First American Financial Corporation
7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
1:22-cv-00014 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Metro-goldwyn-mayer Inc 6972790
8537242
3:22-cv-00004 Filed Mcp Ip LLC Ravin Crossbows LLC
2:22-cv-00062 Filed Airline Pockets LLC Cal West Holdings Inc
Jack Daniels
John Doe
9051087
4:22-cv-00043 Filed Spectral Instruments Imaging LLC Scintica Inc 8901516
8:22-cv-00034 Filed Vivint Inc. Sb Ip Holdings LLC 8139098
8154581
8164614
8144183
8144184
7193644
1:22-cv-00161 Filed Hookless Systems of North America Inc
Sf Home Dcor LLC
Zahner Design Group Ltd
Sure Fit Home Products LLC
Maytex Mills 5296144
D937607
5:22-cv-00015 Filed Bradie Terracino
Robert Terracino
Trimaco Inc
David C May
2300 Gateway LLC
Charles Cobaugh
9044917
10683607
6:22-cv-00003 Filed Lauri Valjakka Apple Inc. 10726102
8495167
1:22-cv-00012 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. Illunis LLC 6972790
8537242
1:22-cv-00082 Filed Nike Lululemon Athletica Inc
Curiouser Products Inc Dba Mirror
9259615
11167172
10981047
9278256
10188930
10923225
10232220
3:22-cv-00044 Filed Ginegar LLC [K.Mizra] Slack Technologies Inc 9367521
9760865
5:22-cv-00063 Filed Marcel Sieler Atieva Inc 10232763
2:22-cv-00015 Filed Serendia LLC
Synkloud Technologies LLC [IdeaHub, Inc.]
Aesthetics Biomedical Incorporated 9320536
10058379
10869812
9480836
2:22-cv-00030 Filed Dae Sung Hi Tech Co Ltd
First 2 Market Products LLC
Dale Irwin
Db Sales Inc
Bobbi Irwin
0:22-cv-60039 Filed Refuul LLC Alexander Fjellberg Swerdlowe
Brik Charger LLC
Eric Lucas Epstein
10537140
2:22-cv-00123 Filed Slingshot Printing LLC [Keith Machen & York Eggleston] Canon Business Solutions Inc
Cannon Inc
7195341
7938523
7559629
7152951
6:22-cv-00005 Filed Lauri Valjakka Sony Corp 10726102
8495167
2:22-cv-00005 Filed Estech Systems Ip LLC Petco Animal Supplies Store Inc
Petco Health And Wellness Company Inc
Petco Animal Supplies Inc
7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
2:22-cv-00006 Filed Estech Systems Ip LLC 99 Cents Only Stores LLC
99 Cents Only Stores Texas Inc
7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
1:22-cv-00011 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc Excelitas Technologies Corp 6972790
8537242
8:22-cv-00044 Filed Golden Manufacturing Inc.
William Golden
Deco Power Lift Inc 6719241
1:22-cv-20064 Filed Datrec LLC [Dynamic IP Deals, LLC (d/b/a DynaIP)] Boston Scientific Corp 8381309
2:22-cv-00018 Filed TD Professional Services Truyo Incorporated
Intraedge Incorporated
1:22-cv-20086 Filed Refuul LLC Alexander Fjellberg Swerdlowe
Brik Charger LLC
Eric Lucas Epstein
10537140
2:22-cv-00011 Filed Metacluster Lt Uab Bright Data Ltd 9516091
9241044
9503498
10601948
1:22-cv-00014 Filed Afterglow LLC Jessup Manufacturing Company 8286378
8479423
1:22-cv-00016 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc Novantas Inc 6972790
8537242
1:22-cv-00017 Filed Ferring International Center Sa
Polypeptide Laboratories As
Ferring Bv
Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc
Eugia Pharma Specialties Ltd
Auromedics Pharma LLC
Aurobindo Pharma Ltd
8828938
10695398
9415085
5925730A
10973870
10729739
8841081
8:22-cv-00036 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Click Labs Inc 9261365
6:22-cv-00018 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc Ecobee Inc 6972790
8537242
8165867
1:22-cv-00025 Filed Percept Technologies Inc Magic Leap Inc 9010929
8696113
1:22-cv-00032 Filed Novartis Alkem Laboratories Limited
Sb Pharma Inc
11058667
8:22-cv-00036 Filed Informative Technology Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Fasoo Inc 8156151
6:22-cv-00025 Filed Preservation Technologies LLC [Altitude Capital Partners] Wgcz Ltd Sro
Wgcz Holding As
6581071
5436898
6549911
5241671
6212527
5463771
5192999
6353831
6574638
6070167
5794249
6199060
6477537
5404506
5278946
5307456
5903892
5123088
6092080
5402499
5493677
5283819
5414644
5813014
6000000
5434592
6567980
5832495
5832499
5283638
2:22-cv-00013 Filed Winterspring Digital LLC [Intellectual Ventures, poss. Brazos licensing] Fortinet Inc 8032646
7164692
7420975
1:22-cv-00105 Filed Wepay Global Payments LLC [William Grecia] Bank Of America N A D857702
D930702
1:22-cv-00117 Filed Display Technologies LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Hill-rom Holdings Inc 9300723
4:22-cv-00003 Filed Bradie Terracino
Robert Terracino
Trimaco Inc
David C May
2300 Gateway LLC
Charles Cobaugh
9044917
10683607
2:22-cv-00001 Filed Estech Systems Ip LLC Toyota
Toyota Motor Engineering Manufacturing Nort America Inc
7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
6:22-cv-00004 Filed Lauri Valjakka Google LLC 10726102
8495167
2:22-cv-00004 Filed Estech Systems IP LLC Mckesson 7068684
8391298
6067349
7123699
2:22-cv-00010 Filed Proven Networks LLC [RAK Investments III, LLC, Russ August & Kabat, Larry Russ, Jules Kabat] Sap America Inc and Sap Se 8266530
8:22-cv-00033 Filed Vivint Inc. Sb Ip Holdings LLC 8154581
9432638
8164614
9414030
9635323
9485478
9516284
9648290
10674120
7193644
7583191
2:22-cv-00012 Filed Dali Wireless Inc. Ericsson Inc
Commscope Inc
Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson Co
Commscope Holding
Commscope Holding Company Inc
et al.
10334499
11026232
8682338
9197358
1:22-cv-00035 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Global Tracking Group LLC 9261365
6:22-cv-00029 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Atlantic IP, Magentar] Lenovo Inc
Motorola Mobility LLC
6874014
1:22-cv-00101 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp Abbvie Inc 6049835
1:22-cv-00103 Filed Wepay Global Payments LLC [William Grecia] Jpmorgan Chase Bank Na D857702
D930702

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  • [Avatar for C. Whewell]
    C. Whewell
    January 20, 2022 12:26 pm

    I agree Josh. “Back in the Day” prior to AIA, there was always some measure of risk of a given patent being invalidated in Court, but it seems that after AIA, given the stats. on the number of events averse to patent owner, there is an increased risk of invalidity. But I think also, to look at the “types” of cases being invalidated, against the backdrop of how long it took for PTO to issue guidelines on sec. 101 determinations. From these maybe reckon that we’ve still got miles ahead in rocky waters. I think its making a lot of practitioners ask themselves early on how they can write and practice to mitigate potential future adversities. What if we took say 50 the Counsel from the losing side of some of the cases, and shipped them off for a week to a luxury resort and asked them to reveal what they’d have done differently when they wrote their cases.

  • [Avatar for Josh Malone]
    Josh Malone
    January 14, 2022 05:02 pm

    The server immersion cooling case discussed is an excellent example of why Kathi Vidal must “prescribe regulations” to ensure that the PTAB only conducts trials that are consistent with Congressional intent behind AIA, including consideration of “the effect on the economy and the integrity of the patent system”. See 35 U.S.C §316.

    The case is IPR2021-01176 Immersion Systems LLC v. Midas Green Technologies, LLC.

    While the petition was properly denied, it was totally random and unpredictable. A stable and predictable analysis published in the Code of Federal Regulations would show that institution of a trial between these competitors would add cost and delay to the dispute. It would harm the integrity of the patent system by stripping the patent of its presumption of validity and increasing the likelihood of invalidation. It would directly harm the economy to impose cost, risk, and delay on a small operating company; and would indirectly harm the economy by signaling to other innovators that they should not invest in commercializing technology based on U.S. patents.

    At least one other case listed also suffers from lack of regulations to govern institution. Jodi Schwendimann is a woman entrepreneur who brought her innovation to market and prevailed in enforcing her rights in a real court. Now the USPTO is destroying all of her work in order to help an large corporation steal her technology. She is the sort of small business that the AIA was supposed to protect. Due to lack of regulations, the AIA has been flipped from its purpose and is primarily used by large corporations to steal technology and block smaller competitors.

    It is tragedy and it needs to be stopped.