Patent Filings Roundup: All Nokia Phones Banned in Germany over Fortress Claims; IPR Proceeds over Arigna’s ITC Fintiv Arguments; Hashicorp Unloads on IP Edge Sub Invincible; PacSec Throws Up a Hail Mary

https://depositphotos.com/stock-photos/45517555-xl-2015.html?filter=all&qview=45517555It was a typical week in terms of overall patent filing numbers, with 31 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings, 56 district court complaints, and some 50-odd terminations; continued filings of inter partes reviews (IPRs) against Ericsson by Apple in their sprawling 5G fight; a Raymond Anthony Joao sub brought a 33-patent complaint (mostly expired) on shipping tracking; Fortress entities were on the receiving end of a few IPRs; and in Europe, a Fortress entity secured an injunction against Nokia over all Nokia-branded smartphones in the country, a huge blow for Nokia there. Unrelatedly, there was a hastily-filed errata filed in the Cal Tech opinion at the Federal Circuit with major estoppel implications (that Dennis Crouch has already well-covered).  Let’s get to it. 

Board institutes over Magnetar’s Fintiv ITC arguments: Prolific litigation funder Magnetar Capital’s subsidiary Arigna technologies, who first made headlines for going after Infineon in-dash display chips and has now moved on to suing Qualcomm for smartphone chips in the ITC and the Western District of Texas, now has to face an IPR over arguments that the Board should exercise their discretion over the ITC case there.  The Board was unmoved by the funded entity’s plea, based largely on the merits of the petition being exceptionally strong. See IPR2021-01321.  

Hashicorp goes Ham on IP Edge: It’s not your typical response to an IP Edge case.  The file-and-settle behemoth (who has filed roughly 50 complaints a month for the past three years, almost none reaching Markman) has run into a company, Hashicorp, who despite getting IP Edge to dismiss early without prejudice to avoid a filed 101 motion there has proceeded to file three IPRs on the portfolio.  Seems like they kicked the wrong sleeping bear there—it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Nokia-branded Phones Banned in Germany at Fortress’ Behest: Chalk up another win for the litigation funders: in Germany, the Fortress-backed VoiceAge EVS forced Nokia licensor HMD to stop selling any of their phones there, and they’ve pulled them from all available streams of commerce.  VoiceAge EVS (Fortress) enforced the injunction, as reported by Florian Mueller here, m/2022/02/most-nokia-branded-phones-banned-in.html, in the effort springing from the Manneheim Regional Court.  What’s interesting is that the patents in question are related to a feature that’s important is likely nonessential to the working of most phones—a 3GPP audio codec, which and has been removed from most recent phones—it does result in some degradation of audio quality for streaming audio content (not, as I understand it, phone calls).  Nonetheless the ban was for all phones, and shows that enforcement there happens—particularly impotant given that Avanci licensors have been leaning on Ford and other U.S. automakers hard on 4GLTE patents available through Avanci, and Apple, Ford, and Oppo are currently in the middle of a big trial in Munich against IP Bridge on patents licensed through Avanci.

PTAB (31)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2022-00624 Filed Bytemark Inc Xerox Corp. 10360567
IPR2022-00565 Filed Invincible IP LLC [IP Edge] Hashicorp, Inc 8938634
IPR2022-00621 Filed Bytemark Inc Xerox Corp. 10346764
IPR2022-00511 Filed Nevro Corporation Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
10556112
IPR2022-00530 Filed Skillz Platform, Inc. Aviagames, Inc. 9479602
IPR2022-00605 Filed Abbot Diabetes Care Inc Dexcom, Inc. 10945649
IPR2022-00462 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Apple, Inc 9832726
IPR2022-00461 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Apple, Inc 9277436
IPR2022-00531 Filed Skillz Platform, Inc. Aviagames, Inc. 9649564
IPR2022-00541 Filed Ginegar LLC [K.Mizra] Slack Technologies, LLC 9367521
IPR2022-00512 Filed Nevro Corporation Boston Scientific Corporation
Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation
10576286
IPR2022-00598 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 6546397
IPR2022-00542 Filed Ginegar LLC [K.Mizra] Slack Technologies, LLC 9760865
IPR2022-00611 Filed Colibri Heart Valve LLC Edwards LifeSciences Corporation 10390945
IPR2022-00597 Filed Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 7594168
IPR2022-00615 Filed Netlist Inc [Fortress IP, Softbank] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 7619912
IPR2022-00614 Filed Sightline Payments LLC Everi Payments Inc. 8708809
IPR2022-00566 Filed Invincible IP LLC [IP Edge] Hashicorp, Inc 8938634
IPR2022-00607 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Apple, Inc 10517133
IPR2022-00612 Filed Vivint Inc ADT LLC 9349262
IPR2022-00575 Filed Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd Cisco Systems, Inc. 11133872
IPR2022-00349 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Apple, Inc 10374768
IPR2022-00567 Filed Invincible IP LLC [IP Edge] Hashicorp, Inc 9635134
IPR2022-00603 Filed Scramoge Technology Ltd. [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Google LLC 10804740
IPR2022-00599 Filed Provisur Technologies, Inc. Weber, Inc. 8408109
IPR2022-00616 Filed Neo Wireless LLC [Softbank Corp., Fortress IP, f/k/a CFIP NCF LLC] Dell Inc. 10044517
PGR2022-00025 Filed Spruce Biosciences Inc Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. 11007201
IPR2022-00608 Filed Rapidpulse, Inc. Penumbra, Inc. 10722253
IPR2022-00348 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Apple, Inc 10484915
IPR2022-00620 Filed CR Laurence Co Inc Frameless Hardware Company LLC 9074413
IPR2022-00576 Filed Ramot at Tel Aviv University Ltd Cisco Systems, Inc. 11133872
IPR2021-01389 Not Instituted – Merits Nant Holdings IP, LLC [NantKwest] Bank of America, N.A. 9031278
IPR2021-01151 Not Instituted – Merits Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10659573
IPR2021-01361 Not Instituted – Procedural Alexander Soto and Walter Soto II-VI, Inc 10771181
IPR2021-01358 Not Instituted – Procedural NextGen Innovations, LLC II-VI, Inc 9887795
IPR2021-01359 Not Instituted – Procedural Alexander Soto and Walter Soto II-VI, Inc 10263723
IPR2021-01366 Instituted Ivanti, Inc. Staylinked Corporation 9648083
IPR2021-01335 Instituted Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited Netflix, Inc. 10911938
IPR2021-01325 Instituted D3d Technologies Inc Microsoft Corporation 10795457
IPR2021-01324 Instituted Aegis Therapeutics, LLC Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10682414
IPR2021-01066 Instituted U.S. Well Services, LLC Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. 10020711
IPR2021-01371 Instituted Stratosaudio, Inc. Hyundai Motor America, Inc. 8200203
IPR2021-01297 Instituted Commworks Solutions, LLC [IP Investments Group] Unified Patents, LLC 8923846
IPR2021-01150 Instituted Centripetal Networks Inc. Palo Alto Networks, Inc. 10530903
IPR2021-01293 Instituted Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited Netflix, Inc. 9402098
IPR2021-01397 Instituted Reno Technologies Inc. Advanced Energy Industries Inc.
Daihen Corporation
10707057
IPR2021-01321 Instituted Arigna Technology Ltd [Magnetar Capital, Atlantic IP] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Volkswagen AG
8247867
IPR2021-01334 Instituted Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited Netflix, Inc. 10911938
IPR2021-01396 Instituted Decibel Insight, Inc.
Future Link Systems, LLC
Qualcomm Incorporated 7917680
IPR2021-01369 Instituted Lynk Labs, Inc Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. 10492251
IPR2021-01315 Instituted U.S. Well Services, LLC Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. 9893500
IPR2021-01367 Instituted Lynk Labs, Inc Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. 10154551
IPR2021-01374 Instituted Vivint Inc [Vivint Smart Home] ADT LLC 7956739
IPR2021-01238 Instituted U.S. Well Services, LLC Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. 10526882
IPR2021-01355 Instituted Ubiquitous Connectivity, LP [Nomad Communications] Resideo Technologies, Inc.
Central Security Group Nationwide, Inc.
10344999
IPR2020-01426 Final Written Decision Purewick Corporation Sage Products, LLC 8287508
IPR2020-01471 Final Written Decision Jager Pro, Inc. W-W Manufacturing Co., Inc. 10098339
PGR2020-00079 Final Written Decision Clearone, Inc Shure Incorporated 10728653
IPR2020-01470 Final Written Decision Jager Pro, Inc. W-W Manufacturing Co., Inc. 9814228
IPR2020-01258 Final Written Decision Justservice Net LLC Unified Patents, LLC 10476868
IPR2020-01463 Final Written Decision Oceana Innovations, LLC [Endpoint IP] Unified Patents, LLC 6508678
IPR2020-01438 Final Written Decision Cloudbreak Therapeutics, LLC Allgenesis Biotherapeutics Inc. 10149820
IPR2020-01503 Final Written Decision Sysmex Corporation
Sysmex America, Inc.
Beckman Coulter, Inc 10401351
IPR2020-01288 Final Written Decision Bot M8, LLC Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 7664988
IPR2020-01472 Final Written Decision Daedalus Blue LLC [IBM] DJI Europe B.V. 7286913
IPR2021-00413 Procedural Termination Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 8307761

District Court (56)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:22-cv-00784 Filed Sockeye Licensing Tx LLC Ca Marketing Inc Dba Ca Global 9547981
8135342
2:22-cv-00790 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [Intellectual Ventures] Ikegami Electronics Usa Inc 6972790
6473527
8537242
3:22-cv-00790 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [Intellectual Ventures] Ikegami Electronics Usa Inc 6972790
6473527
8537242
9:22-cv-80239 Filed Thomas Wittbold Allen F Bennett
Charles Crimi
2:22-cv-00856 Filed Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc
Janssen Pharmaceutica Nv
Accord Healthcare Ltd
Intas Biopharmaceuticals
Accord Healthcare
9439906
6:22-cv-00166 Filed Wsou Investments LLC [Coast Asset Management, Juniper Capital Partners, WSOU Holdings, LLC] Cannon Inc 7493030
1:22-cv-00912 Filed Onmywhey LLC The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D844436
D844435
D865527
1:22-cv-00220 Filed Boehringer-ingelheim
Boehringer Ingelheim International Gmbh
Laurus Generics Inc
Laurus Labs Ltd
11090323
2:22-cv-00899 Filed Pfizer
Pf Prism Imb Bv
Warner-Lambert Company LLC [Pfizer]
Cadila Healthcare 10723730
11065250
6:22-cv-00169 Filed M4siz Ltd. Best Buy Company Inc 6526402
1:22-cv-10290 Filed Chemgenes Corporation Hongene Biotechnology Ltd 8309707
9884885
8541569
1:22-cv-00195 Filed Hydrow Inc. Ifit Health Fitness Inc D898843
8:22-cv-00790 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [Intellectual Ventures] Ikegami Electronics Usa Inc 6972790
6473527
8537242
1:22-cv-00201 Filed Eos Positioning Systems Inc. Prostar Geocorp Inc 6956524
7978129
8144058
8081112
7834806
2:22-cv-01031 Filed Linda Kelemer Walmart Inc D637416
D630449
6:22-cv-00165 Filed Transcend Shipping Systems LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Sonoco Products 6356802
6542077
6281797
5959568
3669288
6411891
6844473
6587046
6304856
5317323
6492904
6148291
5917405
6323782
6292828
6464142
6046678
6474927
6332098
6044990
6745027
6549130
6748318
5640002
5917434
6429810
10181109
6859722
6542076
5825283
10796268
5877707
6610954
3:22-cv-00396 Filed PACSEC3 LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Mimecast North America Inc 7523497
6:22-cv-00167 Filed PACSEC3 LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Imperva Inc 7523497
2:22-cv-01122 Filed Epson America Inc
Epson Portland Inc
Seiko
Yiping Jen
Rj International Group Inc
8794749
1:22-cv-00217 Filed Fresenius Kabi Sintetica Sa 8118802
9:22-cv-80276 Filed Epic Systems Corp Greatgigz Solutions LLC 10096000
9760864
6662194
7490086
3:22-cv-00404 Filed Aspiration Innovations LLC Ford Motor Company 8489563
6:22-cv-00170 Filed M4siz Ltd Macys 6526402
6:22-cv-00171 Filed Sockeye Licensing Tx LLC Startech Com 9547981
8135342
6:22-cv-00177 Filed Aml Ip LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Boot Barn Holdings Inc 6876979
2:22-cv-00053 Filed Staton Techiya LLC
Synergy Ip Corporation [Staton Capital]
Samsung Group
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
11244666
11039259
11057701
11217237
3:22-cv-00123 Filed Thor Tech Inc
Thor Industries Inc
7775543
2:22-cv-00716 Filed Doreen B Crosby Jeff Bazos
Marvin Ellison
Walton Family
John Menard
Sam Walton
et al.
1:22-cv-00210 Filed Pfizer
Pf Prism Imb Bv
Warner-lambert Company LLC
Cadila Healthcare 10723730
11065250
2:22-cv-00055 Filed PACSEC3 LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Forescout Technologies Inc 7523497
6:22-cv-00168 Filed PACSEC3 LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] RAPID7 Inc 7523497
2:22-cv-00057 Filed Kioba Processing LLC [IP Investments Group] Frost Bank 6931382
6917902
7107078
1:22-cv-00914 Filed The Heil Co Wastebuilt Environmental Solutions LLC 7210890
10221012
9399549
7553121
6:22-cv-00173 Filed M4siz Ltd Target 6526402
6:22-cv-00175 Filed Aml Ip LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Ashley Furniture Industries LLC 6876979
1:22-cv-01405 Filed Astrazeneca Taro Pharmaceuticals 10300065
2:22-cv-01009 Filed Microsoft Corporation Mediapointe Inc
Amhc Inc
Steven E Villoria
5544327
6832253
8559426
7334044
9426195
1:22-cv-00801 Filed Dyson Technology Ltd The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D853642
1:22-cv-00809 Filed Junzhou Huang Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified In Schedule A D912763
1:22-cv-00779 Filed Nordic Interactive Technologies LLC [Tanit Ventures Inc.] Lg Corp
Lg Electronics Inc
6345095
7590097
1:22-cv-00200 Filed Lone Star Targeted Advertising LLC [Brad Liddle] Magnite Inc 6301619
1:22-cv-00209 Filed Internet Media Interactive Corp Fca Us LLC 6049835
6:22-cv-00161 Filed Sockeye Licensing Tx LLC Viewsonic China Ltd 9547981
8135342
2:22-cv-00056 Filed PACSEC3 LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a DynaIP] Splunk Inc 7523497
6:22-cv-00172 Filed M4siz Ltd Staples Inc 6526402
6:22-cv-00174 Filed M4siz Ltd Walmart Inc 6526402
6:22-cv-00178 Filed Aml Ip LLC [Dynamic Deals d/b/a/ DynaIP] The Cato Corporation 6876979
3:22-cv-00363 Filed Lemko Corporation Microsoft Corporation 9191980
8107409
7855988
7548763
9755931
7653414
9332478
8688111
1:22-cv-00199 Filed Astellas Us LLC
Gilead Sciences
Astellas Pharma
Curia Global Inc
Curia Missouri Inc
1:22-cv-00784 Filed Sockeye Licensing Tx LLC Ca Marketing Inc Dba Ca Global 9547981
8135342
1:22-cv-00205 Filed Tripment Inc Mdsave Inc
Mdsave Shared Services Inc
11170423
9123072
1:22-cv-00213 Filed Colt International Clothing Doing Business As Colt Led Quasar Science LLC
Cinelease Inc
Fox Corporation
Steven Strong
Herc Entertainment Services LLC
et al.
9719642
10718473
10197224
10566895
9845924
10411582
2:22-cv-00892 Filed Astrazeneca
Astrazeneca Ab
Taro Pharmaceuticals 10300065
8:22-cv-00400 Filed 2bcom LLC [Markman Advisors] Walmart Inc 6831444
6885643
7127210
6928166
6:22-cv-00176 Filed Advanced Transactions LLC [IP Investments Group] Belk Inc
Belk Ecommerce LLC
7386594
7693950
8175519
8150736
7065555
9747608
10783529
7979057
4:22-cv-00163 Filed Ppc Broadband Inc Perfectvision Manufacturing Inc

 

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