Patent Filings Roundup: New Magnetar Entity Sues Oracle on Compression Tech; WSOU Changes Course; New Tim Pryor Campaign

By Jonathan Stroud
February 10, 2021

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/159708306/stock-photo-legal-battleand-lawsuit.htmlPatent filings reverted to the mean this week, with 31 Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings (5 post grant reviews and 25 inter partes reviews) and roughly double that (61) for new district court patent complaints. Another four or so denials under Fintiv came this week, mostly over district court trials in Judge Gilstrap’s Eastern District of Texas court—in one case, over a significant relationship with previous petitioners, albeit as part of a set of earlier-reported-on cases. See IPR2020-01101, IPR2020-01358, IPR2020-01399, IPR2020-01400 (affecting Mitek, a group of UAB companies, and Samsung). A few new LLC players—Gesture Technology Partners, LLC, Repeat Precision, LLC—were added in a week that saw relatively few non-practicing entity (NPE) suits and plenty of competitor suits.

WSOU’s Shifting Tactics and Ever-Expanding Campaign: WSOU added modem manufacturer Cisco to their ever-growing pile of lawsuits and accused defendants across industries. The Craig Etchegoyen-run NPE has departed here and in at least one other case from their aggressive strategy of flooding the courts with thirteen or so different single-patent complaints (with no patent overlapping in any other assertion); to date they have filed more than 200 lawsuits this way. Here and in one other suit, they chose different counsel and sued on a subset of patents together in a single complaint. It’s hard to know if this is a technology or family-specific action or just another aggressive change in mode of attack for the litigious entity.

The Irish (Magnetar) Hello: Magnetar Capital-funded Irish NPEs have been dominating the big-ticket NPE litigation landscape for the past few years, but most of those campaigns—Dynamic Data, Solas OLED, Neodron—were sizable portfolios with International Trade Commission components. This week, a new Magnetar entity, Sonrai Memory Ltd., sued Oracle on a single patent—this one acquired from HPE—proving that Magnetar isn’t going away any time soon. The patent, 6,829,691—is a relatively generic set of claims on data compression and decompression with an old date and broad potential applicability.

“Pryor” User Rights: Prolific patent applicant and NPE Timothy Pryor has used yet another LLC to bring suit against a slew of major device manufacturers. The one, called Gesture Technology Partners, LLC, has asserted four patents (8194924, 8553079, 7933431, 8878949) against five defendants (Huawei, Lenovo (and Motorola), Apple, LG, and Samsung). Pryor had previously traded and litigated patents among a web of LLCs, including Motion Games LLC, Great Lakes Intellectual Property, Ltd., PSTP Technologies, Tactile Feedback Technology, and LMI Technologies Inc. The most recent, filed before Judge Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas and Judge Albright in the Western, takes aim at virtually all smartphone, pad, and laptop models that use touchless commands.

                                   PTAB (31)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2021-00474 Filed VARTA MICROBATTERY GMBH EVE ENERGY CO., LTD 9496581
IPR2021-00479 Filed US Smokeless Tobacco Co LLC R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company
Modoral Brands, Inc
8556070
IPR2021-00478 Filed U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company
Modoral Brands, Inc
8458996
IPR2021-00493 Filed Geneze Innovation Inc Sinjimoru 10455927
PGR2021-00048 Filed Molecular Insight Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Advanced Accelerator Applications USA, Inc., 10640461
IPR2021-00494 Filed Fitbit, Inc. Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Philips North America LLC
7145462
IPR2021-00503 Filed NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Google LLC 9075136
IPR2021-00416 Filed Content Square SAS Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel Insight, Ltd
Decibel Insight, Inc
10079737
IPR2021-00508 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10264569
IPR2021-00500 Filed Gree, Inc Supercell Oy 9539517
IPR2021-00502 Filed NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Google LLC 9075136
IPR2021-00499 Filed Gree, Inc. Supercell Oy 10039977
IPR2021-00501 Filed Gree, Inc Supercell Oy 10369464
IPR2021-00509 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9509440
IPR2021-00480 Filed NYZ AB
WM17 HOLDING GMBH
KRETEK INTERNATIONAL, INC
DRYFT SCIENCES LLC
MODORAL BRANDS INC
9161908
IPR2021-00504 Filed NavBlazer, LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Google LLC 9885782
IPR2021-00468 Filed Broadcom Corporation Netflix, Inc. 6982663
IPR2021-00473 Filed Gui Global Products Ltd Apple Inc 10589320
IPR2021-00450 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 8995357
PGR2021-00045 Filed Lashify, Inc. Kiss Nail Products, Inc. 10660388
IPR2021-00491 Filed TRUSTEES OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE THORNE RESEARCH, INC 8197807
IPR2021-00475 Filed Sonos, Inc. Google LLC 9219460
IPR2021-00472 Filed Gui Global Products Ltd [GUI Global Management, LLC] Apple Inc 10562077
IPR2021-00471 Filed Gui Global Products Ltd [GUI Global Management, LLC] Apple Inc. 10259021
PGR2021-00049 Filed FMC Technologies, Inc. [TechnipFMC, PLC] Dril-Quip, Inc. 10689921
PGR2021-00046 Filed Lashify, Inc. Kiss Nail Products, Inc. 10721984
IPR2021-00477 Filed U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company
Modoral Brands, Inc
7798319
IPR2021-00439 Filed SYDNEXIS, INC NEVAKAR, INC 9421199
IPR2021-00489 Filed WILLIS ELECTRIC CO., LTD POLYGROUP SERVICES N.A., INC 9671097
PGR2021-00047 Filed Crystal Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. Eisai Inc, 10759779
IPR2021-00432 Filed Viavi Solutions Inc. Platinum Optics Technology Inc. 10222526
IPR2020-01380 Not Instituted – Merits VB Assets, LLC Amazon.com, Inc
Amazon.Com LLC
Amazon Web Services, Inc.,
A2Z Development Center, Inc. d/b/a Labi26
Rawles LLC
et al.
9626703
IPR2020-01374 Not Instituted – Merits VB Assets, LLC Amazon.com, Inc
Amazon Web Services, Inc.,
A2Z Development Center, Inc. d/b/a Labi26
Rawles LLC
Amzn Mobile LLC
et al.
8886536
IPR2020-01387 Not Instituted – Merits The Noco Company Shenzhen Mediatek Tong Technology Co., Ltd 9007015
IPR2020-01281 Not Instituted – Merits Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 9998791
IPR2020-01228 Not Instituted – Merits Ipco, LLC [SIPCO] Unified Patents, LLC 6044062
IPR2020-01381 Not Instituted – Merits VB Assets, LLC Amazon.Com LLC
Amazon Web Services, Inc.,
A2Z Development Center, Inc. d/b/a Labi26
Rawles LLC
Amzn Mobile LLC
et al.
9626703
IPR2020-01377 Not Instituted – Merits VB Assets, LLC Amazon.com, Inc
Amazon Web Services, Inc.,
A2Z Development Center, Inc. d/b/a Labi26
Rawles LLC
Amzn Mobile LLC
et al.
8886536
IPR2020-01310 Not Instituted – Merits Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10251643
IPR2020-01309 Not Instituted – Merits Moskowitz Family LLC Globus Medical, Inc. 10028740
IPR2020-01101 Not Instituted – Procedural United Services Automobile Association Mitek Systems, Inc. 9336517
IPR2020-01358 Not Instituted – Procedural Luminati Networks Ltd. Code 200 UAB
TESO LT, UAB
Metacluster LT UAB
Oxysales UAB
CODE200, UAB
et al.
10484510
IPR2020-01399 Not Instituted – Procedural Clear Imaging Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
10171740
IPR2020-01400 Not Instituted – Procedural Clear Imaging Research, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
10171740
IPR2020-01386 Instituted Paice LLC & The Abell Foundation, Inc. Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
BMW of North America, LLC
7237634
PGR2020-00076 Instituted Kansas State University Research Foundation Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. 10450351
IPR2020-01129 Instituted Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Huawei Device Co., Ltd.
Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 7715832
IPR2020-01280 Instituted Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 9998791
IPR2020-01415 Instituted Lightwire, LLC [2S Ventures, LLC] Askeladden LLC [The Clearing House] 8112405
IPR2020-01413 Instituted IPR Licensing Inc.
Interdigital Technology Corporation
Lenovo Holding Company, Inc.
Lenovo (United States) Inc.
Motorola Mobility LLC
8199726
IPR2020-01117 Instituted Huawei Device Co., Ltd. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 8761839
IPR2020-01369 Instituted Guardiar Solutions, Inc.
RSA Protective Technologies, LLC
Ameristar Perimeter Security USA Inc.
Assa Abloy AB
Assa Abloy Inc.
8215865
IPR2020-01336 Instituted Analog Devices, Inc. Xilinx, Inc.
Xilinx Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
7012463
IPR2020-01346 Instituted VB Assets, LLC Amazon.com, Inc.
Amazon.com, Inc
Amazon Web Services, Inc.,
A2Z Development Center, Inc. d/b/a Labi26
Rawles LLC
et al.
9015049
IPR2020-01416 Instituted Intex Marketing Ltd. Bestway (USA), Inc. 10165869
IPR2020-01405 Instituted Intex Marketing Ltd. Bestway (USA), Inc. 9901186
IPR2019-01350 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. 7016676
IPR2019-01425 Final Written Decision Quest Diagnostics Investments LLC Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings 8101427
IPR2019-01349 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. 7016676
IPR2019-01409 Final Written Decision Georgetown Rail Equipment Company Tetra Tech Canada Inc. 8209145
IPR2019-01165 Final Written Decision Netsoc, LLC Chegg, Inc.
Match Group Inc.
RPX Corporation
9978107
IPR2019-01199 Final Written Decision VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Intel Corporation 7247552
IPR2019-01237 Final Written Decision Virentem Ventures, LLC Google LLC 8345050
IPR2019-01198 Final Written Decision VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Intel Corporation 7247552
IPR2019-01200 Final Written Decision VLSI Technology LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Intel Corporation 7247552
IPR2019-01171 Final Written Decision Netsoc, LLC Chegg, Inc.
Match Group Inc.
RPX Corporation
Match Group, LLC
9978107
IPR2019-01351 Final Written Decision Andale Construction, Inc. A.G. Peltz Group, LLC
Peltz Companies, Inc.
Cemex, Inc.
Morgan Corp.
Solomon Colors, Inc.
et al.
9808959
IPR2021-00022 Procedural Termination Ivanti, Inc., Staylinked Corporation 9648083
IPR2020-01357 Procedural Termination Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. Cellco Partnership d/b/a Verizon Wireless 9270485

                            District Court (61)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-00033 Filed Evolved Wireless LLC Samsung Group RE46679
10517120
RE48326
2:21-cv-00038 Filed VARTA Microbattery GmbH Peag, LLC dba JLab Audio 9799858
1:21-cv-00596 Filed Northwestern University Fanuc America Corporation
Fanuc Corp.
6928336
7120508
6907317
6:21-cv-00117 Filed Lexos Media IP, LLC Asics america Corp. 6118449
5995102
2:21-cv-00039 Filed Riggs Technology Holdings, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] TILLMAN LEARING, LLC dba TRAINUP.COM 7299067
2:21-cv-00040 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC Huawei Technologies, Co., Ltd. 8194924
8553079
7933431
8878949
6:21-cv-00119 Filed BCS Software, LLC [d/b/a Bluebonnet Consulting Services and Software] Rackspace Hosting 8819120
1:21-cv-00152 Filed DDC Technology, LLC Sanho Corporation 9811184
10528199
9420075
9723117
3:21-cv-00218 Filed Arlo Technologies, Inc. EYETALK365, LLC
SB IP Holdings, LLC
Skybell Technologies
10097796
10674120
10200660
10523906
9485478
10097797
9432638
5:21-cv-00038 Filed Research Corp Tech
UCB Pharma
Harris FRC Corporation
Catalent Pharma Solutions Inc.
Catalent Pharma Solutions, LLC
Catalent Inc.
RE38551
4:21-cv-00153 Filed A7 Fitness Inc. American Strongman Corporation 5824483
5085879
5785352
D879410
6:21-cv-00128 Filed WSOU Investments, LLC dba Brazos Licensing and Development [Craig Etchegoyen] Cisco Systems, Inc. 7443859
8989216
8665733
8191106
9357014
3:21-cv-01732 Filed Boehringer-Ingelheim
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG
Qilu Pharma Inc.
Qilu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
10004743
8426586
RE43431
4:21-cv-00134 Filed Jetaire Aerospace, LLC AerSale Inc. 7609961
1:21-cv-00132 Filed Blackbird Tech LLC dba Blackbird Technologies Hewlett-Packard 8522309
8090961
8924708
1:21-cv-00134 Filed VARTA Microbattery GmbH GN Audio USA Inc. dba Jabra
GN Audio A/S
9799858
9496581
9153835
9799913
10804506
1:21-cv-00150 Filed Northwestern University ABB, Inc. 6928336
7120508
6907317
4:21-cv-00378 Filed Riggs Technology Holdings, LLC [Ortiz & Lopez PLLC] BAKER COMMUNICATIONS, INC. 7299067
6:21-cv-00121 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC Apple 8194924
8553079
7933431
8878949
8:21-cv-00274 Filed Social Positioning Input Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] CallPass, LLC 9261365
2:21-cv-00562 Filed Samsung Group William Grecia 8402555
2:21-cv-00564 Filed Boehringer-Ingelheim
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co KG
Qila Pharma Inc. 10004743
8426586
RE43431
6:21-cv-00125 Filed Repeat Precision, LLC Yellow Jacket Oil Tools, LLC
G&H Diversified Mfg., LP
10844678
2:21-cv-00034 Filed Barkan Wireless IP Holdings, L.P. T-Mobile 8559312
9392638
8014284
1:21-cv-00599 Filed Northwestern University KUKA AG
Reis Robotics USA Inc. d/b/a KUKA Industries
6928336
7120508
6907317
1:21-cv-00607 Filed Northwestern University Mitsubishi Electric Automation
Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
6928336
7120508
6907317
2:21-cv-01734 Filed Celgene Sun Pharmaceutical 8648095
8530498
9101622
9101621
6:21-cv-00114 Filed Dyfan, LLC Target 10631146
2:21-cv-00134 Filed Landmark Technology A, LLC Saltworks Inc 7010508
3:21-cv-00203 Filed Dr. Mickey Socrates Ferdynand Target
USA Department of Homeland Security
2:21-cv-00041 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC Samsung Group 8194924
8553079
7933431
8878949
1:21-cv-00155 Filed DataCloud Technologies, LLC [IP Investments Group] Arista Networks 8156499
RE44723
6560613
7398298
8762498
8370457
5:21-cv-04008 Filed Ventria Bioscience Inc. Wuhan Healthgen Biotechnology Corp. 10618951
8609416
1:21-cv-00567 Filed Evolved Wireless LLC Motorola Mobility RE46679
10517120
RE48326
1:21-cv-10176 Filed CodeREADr, Inc
Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC
10600101
3:21-cv-00168 Filed Miller Mendel, Inc. Washington County Sheriff`s Office
Washington County, Oregon
10043188
6:21-cv-00104 Filed Repeat Precision, LLC DynaEnergetics Europe GmbH
DynaEnergetics US, Inc.
9810035
6:21-cv-00109 Filed TOT Power Control, S.L. T-Mobile 7532865
7496376
6:21-cv-00110 Filed TOT Power Control, S.L. Cellco Partnership, Inc.
Verizon Communications
7532865
7496376
1:21-cv-00603 Filed Northwestern University Yaskawa Elec Corp
Yaskawa America, Inc.
6928336
7120508
6907317
6:21-cv-00116 Filed Sonrai Memory Limited [Magnetar Capital] Oracle 6829691
1:21-cv-00166 Filed Davis Product Creation and Consulting LLC dba BeesNThings Brian Blazer dba Carpenter Bee Solutions 8375624
1:21-cv-00149 Filed Northwestern University Universal Robots A/S
Universal Robots USA, Inc.
6928336
7120508
6907317
6:21-cv-00123 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC LG Corp. 7804530
8194924
8553079
7933431
8878949
6:21-cv-00127 Filed W.H. Wall Family Holdings, LLLP Stryker Corporation 6974475
1:21-cv-10175 Filed Rothschild Broadcast Distribution Systems, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] LogMeIn, Inc. 8856221
6:21-cv-00107 Filed TOT Power Control, S.L. AT&T, Inc. 7532865
7496376
6:21-cv-00108 Filed TOT Power Control, S.L. sprint communications company LP
Sprint Corporation
Sprint Spectrum, LP
7532865
7496376
2:21-cv-00036 Filed VARTA Microbattery GmbH Guangdong Mic-Power New Energy Co., Ltd. 9799858
9496581
9153835
9799913
10804506
2:21-cv-00037 Filed VARTA Microbattery GmbH Audio Partnership LLC
Audio Partnership PLC dba Cambridge Audio
9799858
1:21-cv-00585 Filed Royal International, LLC Amit Pathak
Manjari Pathak
Anil Pathak
Sai Uphaar International
Aman Pathak
et al.
D742078
1:21-cv-00129 Filed Reputation.com, Inc. Birdeye, Inc. 10445794
10354296
10180966
8918312
1:21-cv-00137 Filed Freshworks, Inc. LiveHelpNow, LLC 9584375
9178950
10419372
8:21-cv-00265 Filed Gridley IP LLC [IP Edge] Cabconnect, Inc. 9852435
8676668
1:21-cv-00139 Filed PF PRISM IMB BV
Warner-Lambert Co
Pfizer
MSN PHARMACEUTICALS, Inc.
MSN LABORATORIES PVT., LTD.
10723730
6:21-cv-00334 Filed Wintech, LLC [Virtual Communications Group] Michelin North America 7571913
6:21-cv-00122 Filed Gesture Technology Partners, LLC Motorola Mobility
Lenovo, Inc.
8194924
8553079
7933431
8878949
5:21-cv-00916 Filed Netskope Bitglass, Inc. 10855671
10757090
6:21-cv-00245 Filed Scanning Technologies Innovations, LLC [Leigh M. Rothschild] Tecom Group, Inc. 10600101
6:21-cv-00126 Filed DatRec, LLC Cerner Corp. 8156158
6:21-cv-00131 Filed William Grecia Samsung Group 8402555

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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