Patent Filings Roundup: Board Says ‘Nein’ to German Company’s IPR; A PTAB Footnote to the Fortress/Intel Fight

By Jonathan Stroud
January 14, 2021

patent filings lawsuit - https://depositphotos.com/182092430/stock-photo-patent-law-gavel-word-patent.htmlPer the usual slow January, it was a light week at both the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and in the district courts. At the PTAB, parties filed just 16 petitions—three post grant reviews (PGRs) (including a Regeneron filing) and 13 inter partes reviews (IPRs), which, if memory serves, is the lowest of the past 12 months. In district court, just 34 filings played out, with the noted absence (seemingly weekly at this point) of any new WSOU suits.  And, as mentioned previously, there’s still no evidence that Uniloc is moving to correct their filings before the USPTO to include the necessary party, Fortress, as their exclusive licensee.

The VLSI/Fortress v. Intel Saga Continues: As the battle over inter-district transfers ping-pongs between the Federal Circuit and Judge Albright’s court and the Wilmer Hale/Bill Lee versus Irell Manella/Morgan Chu battle of the greats rages on, a somewhat tragic note in the saga played out at the Board: The one IPR instituted (more than a dozen others were denied under Fintiv, mostly based on trial dates that haven’t materialized) resulted in the sole claim challenged cancelled, at least suggesting that, had the Board looked to the merits on any of the other dozen, the possibly-imminent, possibly-delayed trial would have been streamlined.

Board Says “Nein” to German Company’s Freedom-to-Operate IPRs: Maybe something was lost in translation. When German companies Metall Zug AG and Haag-Streit AG filed an IPR against Carl Zeiss Meditech AG, they exceeded the word count and asked permission to exceed it—that permission was denied in March of last year. To be fair, the technology the two companies compete over—highly technical optical imaging equipment for the matching of artificial interocular lenses—is complex and math-heavy, requiring a detailed discussion of Fourier transforms, lasers, and light physics. While that first IPR—as revised and pared down—was instituted and is currently pending, the companies filed another seven IPR petitions, three on another patent, and four more on this one. The Board denied the three, and this week exercised their discretion under General Plastics to deny all four of the newly filed IPRs, reasoning that the petitioners had done very little to justify the additional filings other than noting they challenged different claims on different grounds.

                           PTAB (16)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2021-00036 Filed Genentech, Inc. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., 10611836
IPR2021-00402 Filed Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Chengdu Kanghong Biotechnology Co., Ltd., 10464992
IPR2021-00399 Filed Voxer IP LLC [Voxer, Inc.] Facebook, Inc.
Instagram, LLC
10109028
IPR2021-00408 Filed Dali Wireless Inc. Corning Optical Communications LLC [Corning Inc.] 10506454
IPR2021-00317 Filed Interactive Play Devices LLC [Empire IP] Spin Master Inc. 10661190
IPR2021-00406 Filed United Therapeutics Corporation Liquidia Technologies, Inc. 10716793
PGR2021-00035 Filed Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Chengdu Kanghong Biotechnology Co., Ltd., 10828345
IPR2021-00333 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 7123699
IPR2021-00401 Filed Swift Biosciences, Inc. Pillar Biosciences, Inc. 10316359
IPR2021-00332 Filed Estech Systems, Inc. Cisco Systems, Inc. 6067349
IPR2021-00376 Filed Putco, Inc. Carjamz Com Inc., 9995473
IPR2021-00373 Filed Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. Jiangsu Sainty Sumex Tools Corp. Ltd. 10583962
IPR2021-00381 Filed Koss Corp. Apple 10491982
IPR2021-00370 Filed Koninklijke Philips N.V Intel Corp. 9436809
IPR2021-00374 Filed Putco, Inc. Carjamz Com Inc., 9243796
PGR2021-00034 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10610771
IPR2020-01306 Not Instituted – Merits Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10478319
IPR2020-01305 Not Instituted – Merits Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10478319
IPR2020-01108 Not Instituted – Merits Interactive Games LLC [Cantor Fitzgerald, LP] DraftKings, Inc.
A Delaware Corporation
8974302
IPR2020-01104 Not Instituted – Merits Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 8191157
IPR2020-01083 Not Instituted – Merits HandyLab, Inc NeuMoDx Molecular, Inc. 8273308
IPR2020-01075 Not Instituted – Procedural Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01184 Not Instituted – Procedural Ancora Technologies, Inc. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Samsung
6411941
IPR2020-01074 Not Instituted – Procedural Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01077 Not Instituted – Procedural Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01076 Not Instituted – Procedural Carl Zeiss Meditec AG Metall Zug AG
Haag-Streit AG
Haag-Streit USA Inc.
8690330
IPR2020-01636 Not Instituted – Procedural CM2W JSC Seko S.P.A. 10201263
IPR2020-01105 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 8191157
IPR2020-01110 Instituted Interactive Games LLC DraftKings, Inc.
A Delaware Corporation
8616967
IPR2020-01125 Instituted The Trustees Of Columbia University In The City Of New York
Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York
Illumina, Inc. 10457984
IPR2020-01109 Instituted Interactive Games LLC [Cantor Fitzgerald, LP] DraftKings, Inc.
A Delaware Corporation
8956231
IPR2020-01106 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 8191157
IPR2020-01107 Instituted Interactive Games LLC [Cantor Fitzgerald, LP] DraftKings, Inc.
A Delaware Corporation
9430901
IPR2020-01214 Instituted 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
IPR2020-01199 Instituted Fleur Tehrani Hamilton Technologies LLC 7802571
IPR2020-01211 Instituted Varta Microbattery Gmbh, Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
9496581
IPR2020-01213 Instituted 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
IPR2020-01212 Instituted Varta Microbattery Gmbh, Peag LLC
Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC
9153835
IPR2020-01123 Instituted Intertrust Technologies Corporation Dolby Laboratories, Inc. 6157721
IPR2020-01164 Instituted LG Electronics, Inc. Hisense Visual Technology Co.,Ltd., 9271191
IPR2020-01274 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Sony Corporation
Sony Mobile Communications (USA), Inc.
7903092
IPR2020-01208 Instituted LG Electronics, Inc. Hisense Visual Technology Co.,Ltd., 7839452
CBM2020-00009 Adverse Judgment Lighthouse Consulting Group, LLC Fidelity Information Services, LLC RE44274
IPR2020-00764 Adverse Judgment Imperial College Innovations Limited Astellas US LLC 10052317
IPR2020-01326 Adverse Judgment CommScope Technologies LLC Matsing, Inc. 10418716
IPR2019-01270 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Sling Media, Inc.
Sling TV LLC
6519005
IPR2019-01279 Final Written Decision DoDots Licensing Solutions LLC Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
8510407
IPR2019-01192 Final Written Decision VLSI Technology LLC Intel Corporation 7523331
IPR2019-01275 Final Written Decision Arcelormittal Posco 9708683
IPR2019-01259 Final Written Decision Lighting Science Group Corporation Nichia Corporation
Osram Opto Semiconductors, Inc.
7098483
IPR2019-01566 Final Written Decision Hoyt Augustus Fleming Cirrus Design Corporation RE47474
IPR2017-01018 Final Written Decision Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions AB Oticon Medical AB
Oticon Medical LLC
William Demant Holding A/S
7043040
IPR2020-00520 Settlement Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, U.S. LLC
L’Air Liquide Societe Anonyme a Directoire et Conseil de Surveillance pour l’Etude e l’Exploration des Procedes Georges Claude
Cobham Mission Systems Davenport LSS Inc. (f/k/a Carleton Life Support Systems, Inc.) 6746513

 

                    District Court (34)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
1:21-cv-00006 Filed Icon Health and Fitness, Inc. Philip Alister Williams
Wilbert Quincy Murdock
9662558
10653964
9802129
10737165
3:21-cv-00014 Filed Fortress Iron L.P. Digger Specialties, Inc. 10883290
6:21-cv-00013 Filed Dual Control Systems, LLC Sure Grip Controls, Inc. 10137366
2:21-cv-00003 Filed Delta Faucet Co. Kohler Co 7753079
2:21-cv-00077 Filed Display Vectors LLC [Jeffrey M. Gross] Shaghal, Ltd. 6785128
8:21-cv-00011 Filed Display Vectors LLC [Jeffrey M. Gross] Benq America Corp. 7712318
2:21-cv-00001 Filed Garrouzoo, Inc. Mila International, Inc. 8757100
8539912
6:21-cv-00003 Filed Proven Networks, LLC Broadcom, Inc. 8165024
7450507
8:21-cv-00021 Filed Brian Horowitz Toolots, Inc. D757637
9145154
6:21-cv-00004 Filed Caselas, LLC [IP Edge] Farm Bureau Bank, FSB 9117230
9117206
9715691
7529698
7661585
6:21-cv-00006 Filed Caselas, LLC [IP Edge] UBS Bank USA 9117230
9117206
9715691
7529698
7661585
3:21-cv-00033 Filed Coast Cutlery Co. dba Coast Products Dennis K. Bertken
Ideapond, LLC
D823508
3:21-cv-00023 Filed McCue Family Trust Riddell, Inc.
BRG Sports
Riddell Sports Group, Inc.
9271542
6:21-cv-00018 Filed Transcend Shipping Systems, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] CMA CGM S.A.
CMA CGM (America) LLC
9847029
7253731
7482920
10796268
10181109
1:21-cv-00005 Filed kajeet, Inc. Mcafee corp. 8667559
1:21-cv-20026 Filed Lightside Technologies, LLC Curtis International, Ltd. 5999220
8842727
6370198
8228979
6:21-cv-00005 Filed Caselas, LLC [IP Edge] Prosperity Bancshares, Inc.
Prosperity Bank
9117230
9117206
9715691
7529698
7661585
6:21-cv-00011 Filed Caselas, LLC [IP Edge] BBVA USA Bancshares, Inc. 9117230
9117206
9715691
7529698
7661585
6:21-cv-00012 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Ideabud, LLC d/b/a Ticketbud 10600101
1:21-cv-00027 Filed Media Chain, LLC Roku, Inc. 9898590
10860691
9715581
10489560
10885154
10515191
2:21-cv-00003 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Yapsody Entertainment, Inc. 10600101
1:21-cv-00006 Filed kajeet, Inc. Mosyley Corporation 8667559
1:21-cv-00011 Filed Arthrodesis Technology LLC Wright Medical Group, Inc. 6579293
6:21-cv-00007 Filed Caselas, LLC [IP Edge] Volusion, LLC 9117230
9117206
9715691
7529698
7661585
3:21-cv-00024 Filed McCue Family Trust Riddell, Inc.
BRG Sports
Riddell Sports Group, Inc.
3:21-cv-00055 Filed Zebra Technologies OnAsset Intelligence, Inc. 6895219
10496952
6:21-cv-00016 Filed William Grecia Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. 8402555
1:21-cv-00031 Filed Peoplechart Corporation Wintrust Bank, N.A. 8869249
1:21-cv-00003 Filed AMAG Pharma USA, Inc
AMAG PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc.
Covis Pharma GmbH
Aurobindo Pharma, Ltd.
Eugia Pharma Specialties Ltd.
10471075
9844558
5:21-cv-00008 Filed Lenovo, Inc. Liberty Patents 7493612
6920573
6535959
6:21-cv-00002 Filed Advanced Aerodynamics, LLC Spin Master 9067667
8528854
9216808
9434462
1:21-cv-00004 Filed kajeet, Inc. CyberReef Solutions, Inc. 8667559
4:21-cv-00184 Filed Mod Stack, LLC [IP Edge] VirtualPBX.com, Inc. 7460520
6:21-cv-00017 Filed Samsung Display Co., Ltd. JOLED Inc.
AsusTek Computer, Inc.
9768240

The Author

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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