Patent Filings Roundup: Rare Time Bar Ruling on Merged Entities; VLSI Discloses Structure as Parties Withdraw Joinder Petitions

patent filingsThe back-to-school lull is in full effect this week, with 54 district court patent filings, 88 terminations, and 21 new Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings, all inter partes reviews (IPRs), with all filings slightly below average numbers. This week saw more Express Mobile, Inc. institutions at the Board, suggesting that, of the five rather widely asserted assets (hundreds of suits against hundreds of defendants), all five are likely invalid for various reasons. Qualcomm in an IPR cancelled some of the semiconductor patents being asserted via the University of New Mexico; public records indicate that UNM has been acting as a vehicle for assertions in the space, and is one of the more aggressive universities to spin out NPEs for suit.  Google lost a patent to a Phillips challenge against FitBit; and a lot of activity from frequent entities managed by Jeffrey Gross, including a one-patent (expired) case against wearable companies that has been bought and sold a number of times over the past few years; RPX appears to have a license.

Rare time-bar question hinges on eight-year-old suit and nonexistent corporate entity: In one of the many challenges against prolific NPE TQ Delta, LLC, CommScope challenged some of the asserted patents.  Last week, the Board found that one of CommScope’s named RPIs, ARRIS Solutions, had years prior merged with and dissolved an entity, 2Wire, Inc., that had been previously sued over eight years ago, and thus, found that Arris was time-barred under 315(b), a decision likely unreviewable on appeal.  Of note, there are already instituted cases here filed by Nokia and others; TQ Delta has ostensibly provoked multiple challenges with their wide filings.

Two VLSI/Fortress challenges, different petitioners—An interesting procedural note. In the two renewed challenges to the two VLSI/Fortress patents that formed the basis of the Albright $2.2 billion judgment, two challengers—OpenSky and Patent Quality Assurance—filed challenges, OpenSky first, then shortly thereafter PQA, with a more procedurally complete filing. On one of the two patents (the ‘373 and the ‘759) OpenSky was instituted; on the other, OpenSky was denied, but PQA was instituted. Shortly thereafter, Intel sought to and was granted joinder in both. OpenSky and PQA both initially sought to join each other’s challenges, but have now withdrawn those bids. That means that one of the patent reviews has Intel and OpenSky as petitioners, and the other has Intel and PQA.

Meanwhile, in district court, Chief Judge Connolly in Delaware has again indicated that he’s dissatisfied with VLSI/Fortress’ corporate and financial disclosures there. The filings do reveal VLSI’s management structure (a board comprised of experienced licensor Michael Stolarski, as well as Ami Shah and Eran Zur, both of Fortress). They note that VLSI is a subsidiary of a CF VLSI Holdings LLC, itself with ten relatively anonymous entities, one majority owner and nine minority owners. It notes that it is wholly owned by a “closed investment fund family comprised of six individual funds, with combined total assets of approximately $1.8 billion as of June 30, 2022, but would not reveal the identifies of investors, citing confidentiality provisions with one odd exception—a retirement fund associated with Texas A&M University. VLSI pled that it could not comply because it made a request to Fortress and Fortress declined, citing “strict contractual confidentiality obligations” such that it cannot “voluntarily” disclose that information.

PTAB (21)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2022-01405 Filed R2 Solutions LLC [Acacia Research, Starboard Value, Burford] Fedex Corporate Services, Inc. 8190610
IPR2022-01406 Filed Valtrus Innovations Limited [Centerbridge Partners, Key Patent Innovations Ltd. LLC] Google LLC 7748005
IPR2022-01365 Filed SB IP Holdings LLC [Skybell Technologies] Vivint Inc 8164614
IPR2022-01423 Filed Servier Pharmaceuticals LLC Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 10610125
IPR2022-01364 Filed SB IP Holdings LLC [Skybell Technologies] Vivint Inc 8144184
IPR2022-01426 Filed K. Mizra LLC [Ginegar LLC, Chuck Hausman] Toshiba Tec Corporation
Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc.
7570400
IPR2022-01425 Filed Vista Peak Ventures, LLC [Dominion Harbor] Hisense International Co.,Ltd
Hisense International (Hong Kong) America Investment Co., Ltd.
7593070
IPR2022-01377 Filed Lone Star SCM Systems, Ltd. f/k/a Medical IP Holdings [Incucomm] Zebra Technologies Corporation 10482293
IPR2022-01348 Filed Maxell, Ltd. [Maxell Holdings, Ltd.] Motorola Mobility LLC 8170394
IPR2022-01431 Filed Continuous Composites, Inc. Markforged Inc. 11173660
IPR2022-01419 Filed Dali Wireless Inc. [Dali Systems Co.] Ericsson Inc 10334499
IPR2022-01374 Filed Lone Star SCM Systems, Ltd. f/k/a Medical IP Holdings [Incucomm] Zebra Technologies Corporation 7557711
IPR2022-01418 Filed Valtrus Innovations Limited [Centerbridge Partners, Key Patent Innovations Ltd.] Google LLC 7523454
IPR2022-01439 Filed OpenSesame, Inc. GO1 Pty, Ltd 8784113
IPR2022-01440 Filed Zeavision, LLC Bausch & Lomb Incorporated 11173133
IPR2022-01408 Filed Valtrus Innovations Limited [Centerbridge Partners, Key Patent Innovations Ltd.] Google LLC 7748005
IPR2022-01410 Filed Agis Software Development LLC [AGIS Holdings] Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 9820123
IPR2022-01376 Filed Lone Star SCM Systems, Ltd. f/k/a Medical IP Holdings [Incucomm] Zebra Technologies Corporation 9996717
IPR2022-01401 Filed Darton Archery, LLC Precision Shooting Equipment Inc 6990970
IPR2022-01436 Filed Almondnet, Inc.
Intent IQ, LLC
Meta Platforms, Inc. 8244582
IPR2022-01409 Filed Agis Software Development LLC [AGIS Holdings] Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 9820123
IPR2022-00635 Not Instituted – Merits Graco Minnesota Inc. Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC 7527172
IPR2022-00340 Not Instituted – Merits Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 10470203
IPR2022-00712 Not Instituted – Merits Ventria Bioscience, Inc. Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp. 10618951
IPR2022-00352 Not Instituted – Procedural TQ Delta, LLC CommScope, Inc. 8462835
IPR2022-00621 Instituted Bytemark, Inc. Xerox Corporation
ACS Transport Solutions, Inc.
Xerox Transport Solutions, Inc.
Conduent Inc.
New Jersey Transit Corp.
10346764
IPR2022-00381 Instituted Healthy Environment Innovations
S. Edward Neister
Eden Park Illumination, Inc.
Larson Electronics LLC
Far UV Technologies, Inc
Ushio America, Inc
9700642
IPR2022-00572 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. eBay, Inc.
Expedia, Inc.
Homeaway.com, Inc.
Squarespace, Inv.
Wix.com Ltd.
7594168
IPR2022-00518 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. SAP America, Inc. 7594168
IPR2022-00342 Instituted Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 9584204
IPR2022-00468 Instituted Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 10512027
IPR2021-01224 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc.
Google LLC
6546397
IPR2022-00597 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 7594168
IPR2021-01226 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. Facebook, Inc.
SAP America, Inc.
eBay, Inc.
Expedia, Inc.
Homeaway.com, Inc.
7594168
IPR2022-00598 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. Google LLC 6546397
IPR2022-00802 Instituted Extremity Medical LLC Nextremity
Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc.
8303589
IPR2022-00388 Instituted Staton Techiya, LLC [Synergy IP Corporation] Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
10966015
IPR2022-00369 Instituted Staton Techiya, LLC [Synergy IP Corporation] Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
10405082
IPR2022-00471 Instituted TQ Delta, LLC [Techquity Capital Management, LLC] Nokia of America Corporation 8462835
IPR2022-00570 Instituted Express Mobile, Inc. Atlassian, Inc.
eBay, Inc.
Expedia, Inc.
Homeaway.com, Inc.
6546397
IPR2022-00476 Instituted Content Square Israel Ltd
Clicktale Ltd.
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel Insight, Inc.
10749976
IPR2022-00458 Instituted Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 9888486
IPR2022-00470 Instituted TQ Delta, LLC [Techquity Capital Management, LLC] CommScope, Inc. 10567112
IPR2022-00346 Instituted Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Apple, Inc 10587386
IPR2022-00339 Instituted Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Apple, Inc 10492179
IPR2022-00196 Adverse Judgment Apalone, Inc. Certor Sports, LLC
Schutt Sports, LLC
10617167
IPR2021-00582 Final Written Decision UNM Rainforest Innovations f/k/a STC.UNM [University of New Mexico] Qualcomm Inc.
ZyXEL Communications Corporation
8565326
PGR2021-00050 Final Written Decision Spectrum Spine IP Holdings, LLC Spinal Elements, Inc., 10709575
IPR2021-00538 Final Written Decision WSOU Investments, LLC d/b/a Brazos Licensing and Development [Juniper Capital, Coast Asset Management] Juniper Networks, Inc. 7596140
IPR2021-00741 Final Written Decision UNM Rainforest Innovations f/k/a STC.UNM [University of New Mexico] ZyXEL Communications Corporation
Qualcomm, Inc.
8565326
IPR2021-00625 Final Written Decision Oxygenator Water Technologies, Inc. Tennant Company RE45415
IPR2021-00244 Final Written Decision Speyside Medical, LLC Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9603708
IPR2021-00505 Final Written Decision Fitbit, Inc. [Google, Alphabet] Koninklijke Philips NV
Philips North America LLC
8868377
IPR2022-00616 Procedural Termination Neo Wireless LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank, various undisclosed investors] Dell, Inc. 10044517
IPR2022-00645 Procedural Termination VLSI Technology LLC Fortress IP, Softbank, various undisclosed investors] OpenSky Industries, LLC 7523373
IPR2022-00480 Procedural Termination VLSI Technology LLC Fortress IP, Softbank, various undisclosed investors] Patent Quality Assurance, LLC 7725759

                           District Court (54)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:22-cv-01072 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV Selloff] Grandstream Networks Inc 8537242
6972790
6473527
4:22-cv-00704 Filed Interactive Media Networks LLC Att Inc
Att Communications LLC
8108894
8966526
2:22-cv-03143 Filed Litepanels Ltd Bill Mikes Photo Inc Doing Business As Midwest Photo Exchange
Lumopro Inc Doing Business As Mpex Distribution
7510290
7972022
7318652
6:22-cv-00855 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar Capital, Longford, Atlantic IP] Micron Technology Inc 6920527
6724241
3:22-cv-16609 Filed Sesame Software Inc Capstorm LLC 10540237
2:22-cv-00315 Filed S3g Technology LLC The Collinson Group Limited 10831468
9940124
9304758
0:22-cv-02024 Filed Jay S Cantwell 3m Innovative Properties Company
3m Company
5786028
6:22-cv-00860 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Vantage Bank Texas 6240046
7057960
2:22-cv-00320 Filed Manufacturing Resources International Samsung Electronics Co Ltd
Samsung Sds Co Ltd
Samsung Group
10506740
9629287
11013142
8854595
9173322
2:22-cv-00324 Filed Northstar Systems LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual partners] NEC 7920626
8335254
9609283
1:22-cv-01091 Filed Be Labs Inc Minim Inc 7827581
9344183
6:22-cv-00864 Filed Healthness LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Decathlon Sa 6445298
6696957
3:22-cv-00083 Filed Eula Winfrey United States Department Of Commerce
4:22-cv-00703 Filed Interactive Media Networks LLC Cable One Inc Dba Sparklight 8966526
2:22-cv-05065 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV selloff] Ktc America 6972790
8537242
6473527
5:22-cv-00905 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Broadway National Bank Dba Broadway Bank 6240046
7057960
3:22-cv-01833 Filed Sotat LLC Monitronics International Inc Dba Brinks Home
3:22-cv-01835 Filed Sotat LLC Monitronics International Inc Dba Brinks Home 9854207
10511809
1:22-cv-00838 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Sunflower Bank Na 6240046
7057960
2:22-cv-05924 Filed Gavrieli Brands LLC Xiamen Huaxi Technology Co Ltd Dba Czzptc D844950
D681928
6:22-cv-00866 Filed Focus Global Solutions LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Vmware Inc 6920494
6:22-cv-00867 Filed Texas Secure Authentication LLC Guaranty Bank Trust Na 7873682
1:22-cv-22653 Filed Healthness LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Garmin International Inc 6445298
6696957
2:22-cv-05774 Filed Dillon Bruno
CALIBER8 Inc
Wuhan Xingcong Dianzi Shangwu Youxian Gongsi
Jiangyu Li
Yiwu Huo Qiudianzi Shangwu You Xian Gongsi
Dong Yangshi Shengyi Maoyiyou Xian Gongsi
Jun Life Basics
et al.
1:22-cv-01071 Filed Merck Sharp Dohme LLC Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc 7326708
2:22-cv-00314 Filed Palo Alto Networks Inc Quest Patent Research Corporation
Taasera Licensing LLC
8127356
7673137
6842796
8850517
9092616
9923918
8327441
8990948
8955038
2:22-cv-00316 Filed Lexos Media Ip LLC [Lexos Media, Inc.] Walmart Inc
Wal-mart Stores
6118449
5995102
2:22-cv-05091 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV selloff] Hanwha Techwin America Inc 6972790
8537242
6473527
1:22-cv-00834 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Comerica 6240046
7057960
2:22-cv-00323 Filed Northstar Systems LLC [Alpha Alpha Intellectual Partners] Mercedes-benz Group Ag 8805416
8032297
8014943
2:22-cv-05120 Filed K9 Sport Sack LLC Little Chonk Company 11272685
6:22-cv-00870 Filed Healthness LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Under Armour 6445298
6696957
2:22-cv-00313 Filed Christopher M Knott Completion Equipment Rental Inc 10517888
10513906
10358891
1:22-cv-01074 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV selloff] March Networks Inc 6972790
8537242
6473527
3:22-cv-05065 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV selloff] Ktc America 6972790
8537242
6473527
2:22-cv-02324 Filed Lexos Media Ip LLC [Lexos Media, Inc.] Overstockcom Inc 6118449
5995102
2:22-cv-05842 Filed Lexington Luminance LLC Sunco Lighting Inc
John Doe
6936851
2:22-cv-05082 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV sellof] Iss Corp 6972790
8537242
6473527
1:22-cv-00831 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Austin Capital Bank Ssb 6240046
7057960
5:22-cv-00903 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Crockett National Bank 6240046
7057960
1:22-cv-01085 Filed Cedar Lane Technologies Inc [IV sellof] Ic Realtime LLC 6972790
8537242
6473527
2:22-cv-00318 Filed Liberty Access Technologies Licensing LLC [Empire IP] Marriott International Inc 11373474
10657747
9373205
2:22-cv-00319 Filed Lionra Technologies Limited [Magentar Capital, Atlantic IP] Hewlett-parkard Co
Aruba Networks LLC
7921323
7916630
2:22-cv-00322 Filed Lionra Technologies Limited [Magentar Capital, Atlantic IP] Fortinet Inc 7685436
7921323
7302708
8566612
6:22-cv-00862 Filed Healthness LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Adidas 6445298
6696957
6:22-cv-00868 Filed Healthness LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Oura Health Oy 6445298
6696957
4:22-cv-04112 Filed Buergofol Gmbh Omeg Inc 9657882
8794269
2:22-cv-00353 Filed Tedder Industries LLC Gunhide Properties LLC 11408709
11209240
2:22-cv-00317 Filed Kioba Processing LLC Texas Capital Bank
Texas Capital Bancshares Inc
6917902
6931382
7107078
1:22-cv-00833 Filed Bandspeed LLC Tte Corporation
Tcl Industries Holdings Hk Ltd
Tcl Technoly Electronics Huizhou Co Ltd
Tcl Industries Holdings Co Ltd
Tcl Electronics Holdings Ltd
et al.
7477624
7903608
8542643
7027418
9379769
8873500
9883520
7570614
3:22-cv-01212 Filed Rothschild Patent Imaging LLC ON1 Inc 8437797
1:22-cv-00106 Filed Context Directions Suunto Oy
Amer Sports Corp
9807564
11057738
10142791
2:22-cv-05860 Filed National Presto Industries Inc Konwin Inc D633189
5:22-cv-00909 Filed Innomemory LLC [Jeffrey Gross] Lone Star National Bank 6240046
7057960


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  • [Avatar for PTO-Indentured]
    PTO-Indentured
    August 29, 2022 08:02 pm

    To be more of a balanced reporting: would the author of this posting care to indicate what the “combined total assets of” of each of the entities opposing VSLI are worth — so the readers here can fairly contrast that against only the “combined total assets of approximately $1.8 billion” the author has chosen to report?

    I am just guessing the total asset worth — both tangible and intangible — of the opposing parties, is substantially greater than whatever far lesser portion VSLI actually needed from of the ‘daunting-sounding’ $1.8B.

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