Kevin Jakel is the Founder and CEO of Unified Patents, a company that deters non-practicing entities from monetizing patents in strategic technology areas. Prior to founding Unified Patents, Kevin served as Intuit’s Head of IP Litigation. Kevin previously practiced as a patent litigator with Kaye Scholer LLP and Howrey LLP and advised clients
on intellectual property strategy, litigation, and patent prosecution. Kevin began his career in IP as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Kevin has a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS in mechanical engineering
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VLSI/Fortress IP Patents Likely Invalid Despite OpenSky’s Bad Behavior
You’ve probably heard about all of the VLSI drama: the eye-popping $2.18 billion judgment won by non-practicing entity VLSI (funded by Fortress IP), mysterious post-judgment inter partes reviews (IPRs) filed against the VLSI patents, and finally the now-notorious email from OpenSky offering to disrupt their own IPR in exchange for a fee. Folks have jumped all over the email from OpenSky for its obvious bad behavior, but they are also using it as an indictment of the entire Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). What is noteworthy here is not the email—this type of behavior is extremely rare. The real story here is what the system got right, and where it failed.