Patent Filings Roundup: MedTech Litigation Ticks Up; Medtronic Files IPRs; Lenovo Brings Long-Running Mobile Patent Fight to Board

By Jonathan Stroud
January 27, 2021

https://depositphotos.com/182092430/stock-photo-patent-law-gavel-word-patent.htmlDistrict Court patent filings were down again this week with just 46—two thirds of usual output—and the continued absence of any new WSOU filings may point to some kind of strategy reset (or not;  it could just be a lull.). Board filings were at their usual pace with 32, though a huge portion of those were filed by BMW and Mercedes against Oso IP subsidiary Stragent, LLC or Medtronic (against Speyside Medical, LLC). This week saw another five denials under the Board’s discretion, mostly on cases already reported on.

Speyside Tigers: Roughly 10 months after being sued by Speyside Medical, LLC in the District of Delaware, medical device manufacturer Medtronic has filed seven IPRs on five patents related to unstented (i.e., floppy) transcatheter prosthetic heart valves—i.e., minimally invasive methods of implanting replacement heart valves.  [In full disclosure, the patents were issued by my old SPE and Art Unit when I was a patent examiner, though I did not work directly on any of the challenged patents]. The original assignee, Direct Flow Medical, LLC, appears to have gone under, and have been replaced by Speyside Medical, LLC.  Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel brought the suit; little is known about Speyside other than they are well-funded and clearly committed to trial.

Early motion practice and a motion to dismiss for failure to plead certain grounds failed after Speyside filed an amended complaint, and the case is apparently steaming toward trial (eventually), though for Delaware and Judge Stark’s docket, it is still early.  This is shaping up to be one of the bigger medical device litigations in years.

The patents, U.S. 8,377,118, 9,445,897, 9,510,941, 9,603,708; and 10,449,040, are all directed to some form of the following device, which can be slipped into a patient’s aorta and expanded remotely. This, like the recent California suit over the Colibri, demonstrates the value of Medtronic’s FDA-approved “CoreValve” system (since 2014), which was itself the basis of Medtronic paying Edwards up to $750 million to settle related disputes.

That system, probably the most successful transcatheter aortic valve (TAV) on the market, allows for lower-risk aortic valve replacement with less invasive surgery. Little is known about Speyside Medical, other than they are of recent vintage and not related in any way to the Scotch whiskey.

Curiously, a cursory search of Speyside Medical, LLC’s Delaware Secretary of State filings show the entity converted its name in May of 2019 and no longer appears to be in good standing, though they haven’t updated the court with that information.  It appears that Speyside Medical is some kind of follow-on to Direct Flow, which appears to have failed, though it’s unclear if the suit is being underwritten by investors or where the capital for the campaign is coming from (or of it’s a pure contingency matter, which seems very possible).

Paying the Iron Price: Two Ironworks, LLC patents formerly owned by MobileMedia Ideas LLC have been challenged by Motorola Mobility LLC [now Lenovo]. The litigation list as interested parties a long list of players, including MPEG LA, Nokia, Sony, David Ruder, Global IP Law Group LLC, and Global’s partners David Berten, C. Graham Gerst, Ragnar Olson, and Steven Steger, as well as, apparently, Ximota Intellectual Asset Finance. There are 39 patents total that have been asserted across the ITC and District Court for years; all other major parties (Samsung, Apple, ZTE, BLU, AsusTek, Google, etc.) have apparently settled out over the past decade, but the mobile patents continue to have a little life left in them.

                                 PTAB (32)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00426 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00421 Filed Ironworks Patents, LLC [MobileMedia Ideas LLC, MPEG LA, Nokia, Sony, David Ruder, Global IP Law Group LLC, David Berten, C. Graham Gerst, Ragnar Olson, and Steven Steger, Ximota Intellectual Asset Finance] Motorola Mobility LLC [Lenovo] 9521269
PGR2021-00039 Filed Genentech, Inc. Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., 10626174
IPR2021-00240 Filed Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC] Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9510941
IPR2021-00436 Filed Pictos Technologies, Inc. [Semiconductor Holding Corp.] Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd 7323671
IPR2021-00425 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00460 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd 10491348
IPR2021-00459 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd 10165601
IPR2021-00243 Filed Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC] Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9445897
IPR2021-00452 Filed Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. Topcon Medical Systems, Inc.
Topcon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.
9968251
PGR2021-00042 Filed Seagen Inc. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.
AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP
10808039
IPR2021-00427 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10002036
IPR2021-00420 Filed Ironworks Patents, LLC [MobileMedia Ideas LLC,  MPEG LA, Nokia, Sony, David Ruder, Global IP Law Group LLC, David Berten, C. Graham Gerst, Ragnar Olson, and Steven Steger, Ximota Intellectual Asset Finance] Motorola Mobility LLC 6850150
IPR2021-00457 Filed Jens H.S. Nygaard Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix, Ltd
Daimler AG
7494178
IPR2021-00418 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10031790
PGR2021-00041 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell OY 10625149
IPR2021-00310 Filed Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC] Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9510941
IPR2021-00239 Filed Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC] Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
8377118
IPR2021-00244 Filed Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC] Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9603708
IPR2021-00451 Filed Lytone Enterprise, Inc. Agrofresh Solutions, Inc. 6897185
IPR2021-00382 Filed Prova Group Inc Textile Rental Services Association 8234185
IPR2021-00431 Filed Avago Technologies Int’ Sales Pte., Ltd. Netflix, Inc. 7457722
IPR2021-00453 Filed Omni Medsci, Inc. Apple Inc 10517484
IPR2021-00242 Filed Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC] Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
10449040
IPR2021-00417 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
10248477
IPR2021-00430 Filed ATLeisure, LLC Zhejiang Zhengte Co. Ltd. 8104492
PGR2021-00038 Filed AutoStore Technology AS Ocado Group PLC 10696478
IPR2021-00458 Filed Luminati Networks Ltd. Netnut Ltd., 9241044
IPR2021-00454 Filed Ecofactor, Inc Google LLC 8738327
IPR2021-00424 Filed Viavi Solutions Inc. Platinum Optics Technology Inc. 9588269
IPR2021-00241 Speyside Medical, LLC  

Speyside Medical, LLC [Speyside Medical, Inc., poss. Direct Flow Medical, LLC]

Medtronic CoreValve LLC
Medtronic, Inc.
9510941
IPR2021-00419 Filed Stragent, LLC [Oso IP, LLC] BMW of North America, LLC
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
9705765
PGR2020-00070 Not Instituted – Merits Purecircle SDN BHD Sweegen Inc. 10485257
IPR2020-01035 Not Instituted – Merits Sound View Innovations, LLC [Sound View Innovations Holdings, LLC, Monarch Investments, LLC, Patent Capital LLC] Dish Network LLC
DISH Technologies LLC
6502133
IPR2020-01268 Not Instituted – Merits Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC
DISH NETWORKS L.L.C
10028026
PGR2020-00072 Not Instituted – Merits DynaEnergetics GmbH & Co. KG
Dynaenergetics Europe Gmbh
Hunting Titan, Inc. 10429161
IPR2020-01260 Not Instituted – Merits Epic Tech, LLC Pen-Tech Associates, Inc. 8545317
IPR2020-01131 Not Instituted – Merits Huawei Digital Technologies Co., Limited Juniper Networks, Inc. 10027693
IPR2020-01097 Not Instituted – Procedural RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. [British American Tabacco PLC] Philip Morris Products S.A. 9839238
IPR2020-01089 Not Instituted – Procedural 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10349042
IPR2020-01238 Not Instituted – Procedural Solas Oled, Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] LG Display Co., Ltd. 7573068
IPR2020-01088 Not Instituted – Procedural 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10349042
IPR2020-01259 Not Instituted – Procedural Microvention, Inc. [Terumo Corp.] Balt USA, LLC 10076338
IPR2020-01334 Instituted Engle Grange, LLC Unified Patents, LLC 8548645
IPR2020-01103 Instituted 3G Licensing S.A. [Fineur International] Cradlepoint, Inc.,
Dell, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
Thales Dis Ais Deutschland Gmbh
ZTE Corporation
et al.
8879503
IPR2020-01099 Instituted Sisvel International S.A. [Fineur International] Cradlepoint, Inc.,
Dell, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
Thales Dis Ais Deutschland Gmbh
ZTE Corporation
et al.
6529561
IPR2020-01229 Instituted Neodron Ltd. [Magnetar Capital] Apple Inc. 9823784
IPR2020-01267 Instituted Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 10028026
IPR2020-01200 Instituted Personal Genomics Taiwan, Inc. Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. 7767441
IPR2020-01102 Instituted Sisvel International S.A. [Fineur International] Cradlepoint, Inc.,
Dell, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
Thales Dis Ais Deutschland Gmbh
ZTE Corporation
et al.
7894443
IPR2020-01041 Instituted Sound View Innovations, LLC [Sound View Innovations Holdings, LLC, Monarch Investments, LLC, Patent Capital LLC] Dish Network LLC
DISH Technologies LLC
Sling TV LLC
6725456
IPR2020-01087 Instituted 3Shape A/S Align Technology, Inc. 10349042
IPR2020-00961 Instituted Polaris Powerled Technologies, LLC [Microchip Technology Incorporated] TCL Corporation
TCL Electronics Holdings Ltd
TTE Technology, Inc.
Hisense Co., Ltd.
7239087
IPR2020-01163 Instituted Personal Genomics Taiwan, Inc. Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. 7767441
IPR2020-01248 Instituted Intellectual Pixels Limited Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC 8667093
IPR2020-01130 Instituted Huawei Digital Technologies Co., Limited Juniper Networks, Inc. 10027693
IPR2020-01071 Instituted Sisvel International S.A. [Fineur International] Cradlepoint, Inc.,
Dell, Inc.
Sierra Wireless, Inc.
Thales Dis Ais Deutschland Gmbh
ZTE Corporation
et al.
8364196
IPR2020-01113 Instituted UPL NA Inc. Tide International USA, Inc., 7473685
IPR2019-01187 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Softbank, Fortress IP] Microsoft Corporation 6473114
IPR2019-01318 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation Nevro Corp. 9162071
IPR2019-01313 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation Nevro Corp. 7496404
IPR2019-01223 Final Written Decision SMA Solar Technology, AG. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 7816631
IPR2019-01367 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Softbank, Fortress IP] Sing TV L.L.C.
Sling Media, Inc.
Vudu, Inc.
Sling TV LLC
8407609
IPR2020-00041 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Softbank, Fortress IP] Netflix, Inc.
Roku, Inc.
8407609
IPR2019-01278 Final Written Decision DoDots Licensing Solutions LLC [Strategic Intellectual Solutions, LLC] Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
Lenovo Holding Company, Inc.,
8020083
IPR2019-01341 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation Nevro Corp. 8682447
IPR2019-01340 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation Nevro Corp. 6381496
IPR2019-01204 Final Written Decision M2M Solutions LLC Amazon, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc
9961477
IPR2019-01284 Final Written Decision Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Corporation Nevro Corp. 7822480
IPR2020-00677 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Softbank, Fortress IP] Vudu, Inc.
Sling TV LLC
8407609
IPR2019-01224 Final Written Decision SMA Solar Technology, AG. Solaredge Technologies Ltd. 7816631
IPR2015-00826 Procedural Termination Bennett Regulator Guards, Inc. Atlanta Gas Light Company 5810029

                           District Court (46)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
3:21-cv-00464 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] Particle Industries, Inc. 9261365
1:21-cv-00056 Filed Natera Inivata, Inc.
Inivata Ltd.
10597709
10262755
2:21-cv-00588 Filed Sicheng Xing The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
1:21-cv-00064 Filed Safe Driving Technologies LLC [Applied Computer Technologies] Ford Motor 9713994
8301108
10532709
9047170
2:21-cv-00014 Filed Caselas, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] First National Bank of Omaha 9715691
7661585
9117230
7529698
9117206
6:21-cv-00060 Filed Liberty Patents, LLC [Jon Rowan companies] Analog Devices, Inc. 6608530
6734740
1:21-cv-00052 Filed Nidec Corporation Seagate Technology, Inc.
Seagate Technology (Netherlands) B.V.
Seagate Singapore International Headquarters Pte. Ltd.
9742239
10460767
8737017
10407775
9935528
6:21-cv-00052 Filed Jaquish Biomedical Corp., a Delaware Corporation GYP Technology (HONGKONG) Co., Ltd. dba Tikaton, a Chinese Company D895739
D895032
D898133
D902329
D902330
3:21-cv-00946 Filed Lexidine, LLC ONYX ENTERPRISES INT`L CORP. d/b/a CARiD.COM 7609961
3:21-cv-00104 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] Lytx, Inc. 9261365
1:21-cv-00061 Filed Amgen, Inc.
SERVIER
Alembic 7361649
7361650
7867996
7879842
3:21-cv-00122 Filed Cstechus, Inc. NorthernZone, LLC 9585365
2:21-cv-00013 Filed Caselas, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Eastman Credit Union 9715691
7661585
9117230
7529698
9117206
1:21-cv-00066 Filed Castlemorton Wireless, LLC Ubiquiti, Inc. 7835421
6:21-cv-00110 Filed IILEY THOMPSON Curt Melcher 10257651
6:21-cv-00066 Filed Light Speed Microelectronics, LLC NXP Semiconductors
NXP USA, Inc.
7870161
6:21-cv-00067 Filed Trenchant Blade Technologies LLC [Longhorn IP] Samsung Group 6720619
7494846
7056821
6:21-cv-00049 Filed Sharpe Innovationsm, Inc. Verizon Communications 8573986
2:21-cv-00519 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] ClearPathGPS, Inc. 9261365
2:21-cv-00586 Filed Gavrieli Brands LLC Guangzhou Deqifu Trading Co., Ltd. (d/b/a Aohaolee) D681927
D686812
D688853
D688855
D676634
D689271
1:21-cv-00068 Filed Samsung Group Polaris PowerLED Technologies, LLC 7239087
6:21-cv-00061 Filed Liberty Patents, LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Lattice Semiconductor Corp. 6608530
6734740
6:21-cv-00068 Filed Rock Creek Networks, LLC D-Link Corp. 6671750
6:21-cv-00042 Filed Pixel Display, LLC Hisense Co. Ltd.
Hisense Visual Technology Co. Ltd.
7245343
6:21-cv-00044 Filed Kerr Machine Co. Vulcan Industrial Holdings, LLC
Cizion, LLC DBA Vulcan Industrial Manufacturing
Vulcan Energy Services, LLC
10895325
4:21-cv-00072 Filed Zeavision, LLC PF Consumer Healthcare 1 LLC
Bausch & Lomb
8603522
6660297
3:21-cv-00128 Filed Heavy Duty Lighting, LLC RAB Lighting, Inc. 9735133
9093357
9425236
9243791
8421094
8723195
9679942
8399899
9484309
9966367
6:21-cv-00053 Filed Intellectual Keystone Technology LLC AsusTek Computer, Inc.
JOLED Inc.
7342177
8665190
7439943
3:21-cv-00478 Filed Unirac, Inc. Wencon Development Inc. dba Quickmount PV Corporation
Esdec, Inc.
7434362
8128044
1:21-cv-00058 Filed Unirac, Inc. EcoFasten Solar, LLC
Esdec, Inc.
9057542
7434362
8128044
1:21-cv-10109 Filed Mobile Pixels, Inc. Stand Steady Co., LLC 10871801
2:21-cv-00015 Filed Caselas, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Hancock Whitney Bank 9715691
7661585
9117230
7529698
9117206
2:21-cv-00060 Filed Eli Lilly & Co. Scott Lewis
6:21-cv-00062 Filed Liberty Patents, LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Texas Instruments 6608530
6734740
6:21-cv-00041 Filed Castlemorton Wireless, LLC Legrand, Inc. 7835421
1:21-cv-00053 Filed Roger P. Jackson, M.D. Nuvasive, Inc. 8353932
10335200
9788866
10441319
8696711
10561444
10722273
9808292
6:21-cv-00050 Filed BCS Software, LLC [d/b/a Bluebonnet Consulting, LLC] Open Text, Inc. 8819120
6:21-cv-00051 Filed BCS Software, LLC [d/b/a Bluebonnet Consulting, LLC] ZOHO Corporation 8819120
1:21-cv-00059 Filed Unirac, Inc. EcoFasten Solar, LLC
Esdec, Inc.
9584062
9160273
1:21-cv-00062 Filed Aperture IP, LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Wyze Labs, Inc. 7598580
5:21-cv-00170 Filed dlhBOWLES Jiangsu Riying Electronics Co., Ltd. 8662421
1:21-cv-00066 Filed Flexiworld Technologies, Inc. Canon Solutions America, Inc.,
Cannon, Inc.
10761791
10642576
10481846
10140071
9036181
6:21-cv-00054 Filed Terrestrial Comms LLC [IPValuation Partners, LLC] Polycom, Inc.
Plantronics Co.
6973133
6519290
7411552
2:21-cv-00012 Filed Caselas, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Altra Federal Credit Union 9715691
7661585
9117230
7529698
9117206
1:21-cv-00590 Filed Pop Top Corp. Ectaco, Inc. 7966623
10866713
1:21-cv-00087 Filed SunStone Information Defense, Inc. F5 Networks
Capital One Financial Corp.
9122870
10230759

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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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