Patent Filings Roundup: Porn Sites Head for PTAB; All-or-Nothing Post Grant Review Institution

By Jonathan Stroud
February 18, 2021

patent filings roundup - https://depositphotos.com/3834376/stock-photo-lawsuit.htmlPatent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings have settled into a relatively steady-state of roughly 20-30 petitions, occasionally punctuated by a big burst of litigation-related activity. Notably, five of the 34 petitions filed were post grant reviews (PGRs), as the numbers there continue to (very slowly) creep up from nothing. In the district courts, a relatively typical 76 patent filings hit dockets across the nation, including some newer names—and some old ones just now resurfacing. For example, Computer Circuit Operations LLC is back (after filing and settling six suits last year, five in the Western District of Texas). Acacia has a new(ish) campaign (Stingray IP Solutions, LLC) and some new suits in an old campaign (R2 Solutions LLC).

All and/or Nothing Institution: The rare PGR denial under the Board’s discretion whether to institute, Hunting Titan, Inc. v. DynaEnergentics Europe GmBH is that rare denial where the way the petition was drafted procedurally was defective enough to merit denial. Available here, this decision revolved around Hunting Titan’s decision to file all of their grounds in a branched “and/or” style that could, under one count, result in upwards of 1,600 different combinations (per the patent owner). The Board, pointing to their concerns related to the statutory timeline and the inability to limit the number of grounds after SAS v. Iancu, faulted Hunting Titan for failing to meet their procedural requirements.

Pornography Streamers Strike Back: Months ago, Scorpcast LLC (d/b/a HaulStars, a great name, though you’d expect it to be a private junk removal service) sued 18 various (and mostly wildly successful) pornographic video content creators and distributors, including Pornhub partners All 4 HealthBoutique MediaBravomax ServicesFuseeHMZ InvestmentsHot G VibeKB Productions, LogicalManica MediaMedia Solutions CanariasMiriskanaOanasun EntertainmentPMG EntertainmentPanda HostingPioneer Stream TechnologiesQuicksolStraplezz, and WebTwo. The complaint revolved around a single patent that allows posters to define images or text that appear at certain points in a given video (collectively, “tags”) that when clicked take the user to a certain part of a video, and that allow creators to select video thumbnails.

While Scorpcast’s website claims it provides “interactive shoppable video” technology and lists six brands as using its platform: Adriano Goldschmied, Comcast Technology Solutions, Condé Nast, Disney, Nylon, and Yahoo (Comcast Technology Solutions does list HaulStars as a partner on its own website), it’s unclear if this is a currently licensed technology or not. What is clear is that one of those companies, MG Freesites Ltd., went to the Board and filed SIX IPRs on five patents: IPR2021-00512, IPR2021-00515, IPR2021-00510, IPR2021-00514, IPR2021-00517, and IPR2021-00516. It will be interesting to see if this company is indemnifying others or how they fit into the bigger picture here.

                             PTAB (34)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2021-00050 Filed Spectrum Spine IP Holdings, LLC Spinal Elements, Inc. 10709575
IPR2021-00476 Filed 10Tales, Inc. TikTok Inc. 8856030
IPR2021-00538 Filed WSOU Investments LLC [Craig Etchegoyen] Juniper Networks, Inc. 7596140
IPR2021-00536 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9888486
IPR2021-00512 Filed Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haulstars] MG Freesites Ltd. 9703463
IPR2021-00530 Filed Clicktale Ltd. [Content Square SAS] Quantum Metric, Incorporated 9792365
IPR2021-00537 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 8798658
IPR2021-00496 Filed Koninklijke Philips N.V. TCL Communication Holdings Limited 9590977
IPR2021-00515 Filed Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haulstars] MG Freesites Ltd. 10205987
IPR2021-00510 Filed Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haulstars] MG Freesites Ltd. 9899063
IPR2021-00445 Filed HLFIP Holding, Inc. Global Tel*Link Corporation 10291617
IPR2021-00423 Filed Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.] Lyft, Inc. RE45543
PGR2021-00051 Filed Berkeley Lights, Inc. Abcellera Biologics Inc. 10646871
IPR2021-00531 Filed Ellenby Tech Inc. FireKing Security Products, LLC 7779983
PGR2021-00052 Filed Kerr Machine Co. Cizion, LLC d/b/a Vulcan Industrial Manufacturing 10914171
IPR2021-00444 Filed HLFIP Holding, Inc. Global Tel*Link Corporation 10291617
IPR2021-00514 Filed Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haulstars] MG Freesites Ltd. 10205987
IPR2021-00505 Filed Fitbit, Inc. Koninklijke Philips N.V.
Philips North America LLC
8868377
IPR2021-00497 Filed Koninklijke Philips N.V. TLC Industries Holdings Co., Ltd., 10298564
PGR2021-00053 Filed Kerr Machine Co. Cizion, LLC d/b/a Vulcan Industrial Manufacturing 10914171
IPR2021-00517 Filed Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haulstars] MG Freesites Ltd. 10560738
IPR2021-00528 Filed Amgen Inc. Hospira, Inc.; Pfizer Inc. 8273707
IPR2021-00455 Filed Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 10325486
PGR2021-00054 Filed Merck Patent Gmbh CQV Co., Ltd., 10647861
IPR2021-00506 Filed Fipa Frohwitter Intellectual Property AG Ericsson Inc. 6813261
IPR2021-00507 Filed FIPA Frohwitter Intellectual Property AG Ericsson
Nokia
7006463
IPR2021-00516 Filed Scorpcast, LLC [d/b/a Haulstars] MG Freesites Ltd. 10506278
IPR2021-00422 Filed Ikorongo Texas LLC [Concert Technology Corp.] Lyft, Inc. RE47704
IPR2021-00470 Filed Gui Global Products Ltd. [GUI Global Management, LLC] Apple Inc. 10259020
IPR2021-00532 Filed Ecofasten Solar LLC Unirac, Inc. 10763777
IPR2021-00495 Filed Koninklijke Philips N.V. TCL Industries Holdings Co., Ltd 9590977
IPR2021-00539 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget Lm Ericsson Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 9860044
IPR2021-00524 Filed Kewazinga Corp. Google LLC 9055234
IPR2021-00533 Filed Ipcom Gmbh and Co Kg Nokia of America Corporation 6983147
IPR2020-01360 Not Instituted – Merits Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 9648388
IPR2020-01432 Not Instituted – Merits Dali Wireless Inc. John Mezzalingua Associates, LLC 9820171
IPR2020-01466 Not Instituted – Merits Dali Wireless Inc. CommScope Technologies LLC 8682338
IPR2020-01430 Not Instituted – Merits Dali Wireless Inc. John Mezzalingua Associates, LLC 10334499
IPR2020-01379 Not Instituted – Merits Ikorongo Technology LLC
Ikorongo Texas LLC
Unified Patents, LLC RE45543
PGR2020-00080 Not Instituted – Procedural DynaEnergetics GmbH & Co. KG Hunting Titan, Inc. 10472938
IPR2020-01182 Not Instituted – Procedural Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 7084423
IPR2020-01409 Not Instituted – Procedural Dali Wireless Inc. CommScope Technologies LLC 10045314
IPR2020-01394 Not Instituted – Procedural Clear Imaging Research, LLC [poss. Interdigital, Soryn IP Group] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
9860450
IPR2020-01361 Instituted Jodi A. Schwendimann Neenah, Inc. 6723773
IPR2020-01282 Instituted Acorn Semi, LLC [Acorn Technologies, Inc.] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10090395
IPR2020-01574 Instituted Omnitek Partners LLC Unified Patents, LLC 8224569
IPR2020-01371 Instituted ABM International, Inc Juki America, Inc
Juki Corporation
9840797
IPR2020-01372 Instituted ABM International, Inc Juki America, Inc
Juki Corporation
10100449
IPR2020-01359 Instituted Broadband iTV, Inc. Dish Network LLC 9648388
IPR2020-01363 Instituted Jodi A. Schwendimann Neenah, Inc. 6410200
IPR2020-01183 Instituted Acorn Semi, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 9209261
IPR2020-01342 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
8142413
IPR2020-01474 Instituted Daedalus Blue LLC [poss. IBM, Ed Gomez] DJI Europe B.V. 7228232
IPR2020-01424 Instituted Paul Bernard Lee Exacta Frac Energy Services, Inc.
GrayHawk Tools International, LLC
9187989
IPR2020-01408 Instituted Dali Wireless Inc. CommScope Technologies LLC 10045314
IPR2020-01207 Instituted Acorn Semi, LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd 10090395
IPR2020-01373 Instituted ABM International, Inc Juki America, Inc
Juki Corporation
10240270
IPR2020-01475 Instituted Daedalus Blue LLC [poss. IBM, Ed Gomez] DJI Europe B.V. 7228232
IPR2020-01425 Instituted Paul Bernard Lee Exacta Frac Energy Services, Inc.
GrayHawk Tools International, LLC
9869163
IPR2020-01338 Instituted Ideahub Inc. Unified Patents, LLC 8645562
IPR2020-01341 Instituted Teleflex Innovations S.A.R.L. Medtronic, Inc.
Medtronic Vascular, Inc.
8142413
IPR2019-01401 Final Written Decision Ethanol Boosting Systems, LLC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ford Motor Company 9255519
IPR2019-01536 Final Written Decision KCG Technologies LLC Unified Patents, LLC 9671955
IPR2019-01581 Final Written Decision Georgetown Rail Equipment Company [Loram Maintenance of Way, Inc.] Tetra Tech Canada Inc. 8081320
IPR2016-01502 Final Written Decision Rembrandt Diagnostics, LP Alere Inc. 6548019
IPR2019-01467 Final Written Decision Provisur Technologies, Inc.
Provisur Technologies, Inc.,
Weber, Inc. 6320141
IPR2019-01390 Final Written Decision Uniloc 2017 LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Microsoft Corporation 9869362
IPR2019-01399 Final Written Decision Ethanol Boosting Systems, LLC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ford Motor Company 9810166
IPR2019-01379 Final Written Decision Divx, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Unified Patents, LLC 8139651
IPR2019-01402 Final Written Decision Ethanol Boosting Systems, LLC
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ford Motor Company 10138826
IPR2019-01461 Final Written Decision Provisur Technologies, Inc. Weber, Inc. 7533513
IPR2020-00006 Final Written Decision Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. [f/k/a AVInnov LLC] Unified Patents, LLC 7173177
IPR2017-01255 Final Written Decision X One, Inc. Uber Technologies, Inc. 8798593

                         District Court (76)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
2:21-cv-01116 Filed VPR Brands Cool Clouds Distribution, Inc. 8205622
2:21-cv-00043 Filed Stingray IP Solutions, LLC [Acacia Research] Signify N.V. 6958986
6961310
7027426
4:21-cv-00122 Filed R2 Solutions LLC [Acacia Research] Charles Schwab Corp. 7370011
8190610
5:21-cv-00995 Filed Uniloc 2017, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple 6467088
6:21-cv-00137 Filed Computer Circuit Operations LLC Cadence Design Systems, Inc. 7426603
7278069
6480021
6820234
7107386
1:21-cv-00175 Filed FedEx Corporation Roambee Corporation 7623033
9182231
10313199
9974042
8766797
10305744
4:21-cv-00028 Filed Somero Enterprises Ligchine Int’l Corp. 8038366
1:21-cv-00186 Filed BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
S&B Pharma, Inc.
Alkem Laboratories Limited
10912781
1:21-cv-00187 Filed BIAL – PORTELA & CA S.A.
Bial – Holding, SA
Sunovion
Apotex
Apotex, Inc.
1:21-cv-00188 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Bial
Sunovion
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 10912781
1:21-cv-00109 Filed Song Ke
Guangzhou Huadu Hengyu Furniture Material Factory
Matthew Archie
Abundant Freedom
D901724
2:21-cv-00581 Filed MCP IP, LLC .30-06 Outdoors
Daibow Inc..
9909831
9354017
9303946
8671929
10175021
9389040
8402960
9851169
8683989
8622052
8950388
D639888
D884818
8505526
2:21-cv-01323 Filed California Costume Collections, Inc. Pandaloon, LLC D806325
2:21-cv-00050 Filed Liberty Patents, LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Texas Instruments 8458496
6535959
8127156
7509504
1:21-cv-01279 Filed Keystone Global, LLC Flying Fox, Inc.
Robert Tekavec
7866715
8047601
1:21-cv-00153 Filed Symbology Innovations [Leigh Rothschild] TheHomeMag Holding Company, LLC 8424752
6:21-cv-00132 Filed RDPA, LLC Clear Channel Outdoor, LLC 7038619
6970131
8462048
7215280
7176834
4:21-cv-00123 Filed R2 Solutions LLC [Acacia Research] Fidelity Brokerage Services, LLC 7370011
8190610
7:21-cv-00408 Filed Power Concepts LLC Current Lighting Solutions LLC dba GE Current, A Daintree Company dba GE Current
Walmart, Inc.
10429041
10837628
6:21-cv-00136 Filed Computer Circuit Operations LLC Broadcom, Inc.
Broadcom Corporation
7278069
6480021
7426603
7107386
6:21-cv-00138 Filed Computer Circuit Operations LLC NXP USA, Inc.
NXP
NXP Semiconductors
7426603
7278069
6480021
6820234
7107386
6:21-cv-00139 Filed Computer Circuit Operations LLC Synopsys 7426603
7278069
6480021
6820234
7107386
1:21-cv-00181 Filed Virgilant Technologies Limited AptarGroup, Inc.
ABC Assets, Inc.
10019555
1:21-cv-02309 Filed Janssen Research and Development, LLC
Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Janssen Pharmaceutica, N.V.
Macleods Pharmaceuticals 10617668
5:21-cv-10311 Filed BlueWillow Biologics, Inc.
3:21-cv-00300 Filed GOLABS INC., d/b/a GOTRAX dba GOTRAX Amazon.com Services, LLC
SHENZEN UNI-SUN ELECTRONIC CO., LTD
Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
Unicorn Global, Inc.
Amazon
3:21-cv-00311 Filed Golabs, Inc. d/b/a GOTRAX Amazon.com Services, LLC
SHENZEN UNI-SUN ELECTRONIC CO., LTD
Hangzhou Chic Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd
Unicorn Global, Inc.
Amazon
10597107
9452802
9376155
2:21-cv-01289 Filed Pavemetrics Systems, Inc. Tetra Tech, Inc. 10362293
4:21-cv-01096 Filed JSDQ Mesh Technologies, LLC VP Networks, Inc. (aka Valuepoint Networks, Inc.) RE44607
7286828
7916648
RE43675
6:21-cv-00147 Filed Match Group, LLC [Match Group, Inc.] Muzmatch Limited 9959023
9733811
10203854
0:21-cv-00024 Filed Schmeisser GmbH AC-Unity d.o.o
RTG Parts LLC
10866045
2:21-cv-01110 Filed VPR Brands XL Vape, LLC 8205622
2:21-cv-01144 Filed Dillon Bruno
CALIBER8, INC, a California Corporation
The Partnership and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A”
2:21-cv-00045 Filed Stingray IP Solutions, LLC [Acacia Research] TP-Link Corporation Limited
TP-Link International Ltd.
TP-Link Technologies Co.
6958986
6961310
7027426
2:21-cv-02111 Filed Celgene Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories 10093647
10093648
10093649
8:21-cv-00259 Filed Ideahub, Inc
Helios Streaming, LLC
NBC Universal, Inc.
Peacock TV LLC
10270830
10313414
10356145
1:21-cv-00164 Filed DataCloud Technologies, LLC Squarespace, Inc. 6560613
8762498
6651063
8607139
2:21-cv-10309 Filed MP Acquisition, LLC, d/b/a MOPEC Landmark Technology A, LLC 7010508
3:21-cv-00301 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Freestyle Brands, LLC d/b/a FreestyleUSA 7917285
3:21-cv-01061 Filed Xiaohua Huang Hula Networks, Inc. RE45259
6744653
1:21-cv-00189 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Bial
Sunovion
Jubilant Pharma Limited
Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
JUBILANT GENERICS LIMITED
Jubilant Pharmova Limited
Jubilant Life Sciences (USA) Inc.
10912781
6:21-cv-06140 Filed PF Consumer Healthcare 1 LLC
Bausch & Lomb
InScience Solutions LLC 6660297
8603522
6:21-cv-06141 Filed PF Consumer Healthcare 1 LLC
Bausch & Lomb
MacuHealth LP 6660297
8603522
6:21-cv-00146 Filed Satco Products, Inc. Signify Netherlands B.V.
Signify North America Corp.
10344952
9732930
10533712
2:21-cv-00042 Filed Biometric Associates, LP American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. 7480637
2:21-cv-00190 Filed Rotor Blade LLC Signature Utility Services LLC
Robert Lane
10869433
1:21-cv-10216 Filed SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY A/S GE Renewables North America, LLC
General Electric Co.
9279413
8757776
4:21-cv-00433 Filed Vulcan Industrial Holdings, LLC
Vulcan Energy Services, LLC
Cizion, LLC d/b/a Vulcan Industrial Manufacturing, LLC
Kerr Machine Co. 10914171
6:21-cv-00134 Filed Ginegar, LLC [K.Mizra LLC] Oracle 6898783
8146091
6:21-cv-00135 Filed Rubrik, Inc. Commvault Systems, Inc. 10852998
9075773
6:21-cv-00140 Filed Computer Circuit Operations LLC Texas Instruments 7426603
7278069
6480021
6820234
7107386
1:21-cv-00174 Filed AML IP, LLC Coinbase, Inc.
Coinbase Global, Inc.
6876979
3:21-cv-01059 Filed Xiaohua Huang Townsend Networks RE45259
6999331
1:21-cv-00190 Filed Bial – Holding, SA
Bial
Sunovion
Torrent Pharmaceuticals 10912781
1:21-cv-00419 Filed Geographic Location Innovations, LLC [Leigh Rothschild] Dixie Brands (USA), Inc. 7917285
6:21-cv-00143 Filed Flexiworld Technologies, Inc. Canon Business Solutions, Inc.
Cannon, Inc.
10140071
10642576
10761791
9036181
10481846
2:21-cv-01334 Filed C.R. Laurence Co., Inc. Frameless Hardware Company, LLC
Christopher Hanstad
Jesus “Jesse” Dorado
9074413
4:21-cv-00134 Filed Liberty Patents, LLC [Jon Rowan entities] Texas Instruments
1:21-cv-00195 Filed Evolve Interactive LLC [Endpoint IP] Inter-Continental Hotels Group, Inc. 7068596
1:21-cv-00201 Filed Sable Networks, Inc.
Sable IP, LLC
Check Point Software Technologies, Inc.
Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.
8243593
8085775
6954431
9774501
8817790
6977932
3:21-cv-00269 Filed InkBed, Inc. Vandue Corporation 10638843
9375088
1:21-cv-20593 Filed Koninklijke KPN N.V. Corp. Blu Products, Inc. 6212662
2:21-cv-00044 Filed Stingray IP Solutions, LLC [Acacia Research] Signify N.V. 7082117
7224678
7440572
7616961
2:21-cv-00046 Filed Stingray IP Solutions, LLC [Acacia Research] TP-Link Corporation Limited
TP-Link International Ltd.
TP-Link Technologies Co.
7082117
7224678
7440572
7616961
1:21-cv-00170 Filed DataCloud Technologies, LLC [IP Investments Group] Limelight Networks, Inc. 7398298
6560613
8762498
7139780
2:21-cv-02130 Filed Delta Faucet Co. AS America, Inc. 10724217
10669702
2:21-cv-10312 Filed TRUTEK CORP. BlueWillow Biologics, Inc. 8163802
4:21-cv-00130 Filed Magnacharge LLC [Equitable IP Corp.] Frys Electronics Incorporated 7417402
1:21-cv-00182 Filed Merck Sharp & Dohme Co., Inc. Inventia Healthcare LLC
Inventia Healthcare, Ltd.
7326708
6:21-cv-00144 Filed ThermoLife International, LLC HUMAN POWER OF N COMPANY, D/B/A HUMANN, F/K/A/ NEOGENIS LABS, INC. 10555968
9180140
8455531
1:21-cv-00143 Filed Cambria Company LLC Hirsch Glass Corp. dba Spectrum Quartz D712670
10300626
D780332
D780333
D737577
9993942
D750905
9718303
1:21-cv-00157 Filed Ming D&Y Inc. Amazon.com Services, LLC 9488325
1:21-cv-00818 Filed Oakley, Inc. The Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” D842363
1:21-cv-00194 Filed Padcaster, LLC Ikan International Corp. 9876945
1:21-cv-00196 Filed Silvergate Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Annora Pharma Private Ltd. 10799476
10786482
10772868
4:21-cv-00505 Filed Yeti Coolers Igloo Products Corporation D897780
D848221
D815496
9139352
D896591

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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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