Patent Filings Roundup: Board Denies Petition for Claims Not in Litigation; SK Hynix Hits Longhorn with Declaratory Judgment on Semi Campaigns

patent filings - https://depositphotos.com/46023047/stock-photo-lawsuit-word-smashing-glass.htmlIt was a slow summer week at the Board with just 23 new petitions—one post grant review and 22 inter partes reviews; in district court, a relatively average 63 new patent filings and 53 terminations rounded out the count. The major streaming companies, including Disney, challenged WAG Acquisitions [of Woodsford Litigation Funding] patents before the Board; SharkNinja challenges Bissel patents on vacuum cleaners; and FedEx challenged patents owned by Raymond Anthony Joao’s ultra-litigious Transcend Shipping. Apple lost three challenges at institution against an Identity Security LLC (f/k/a Integrated Information Solutions Corporation]. In the district court high-volume litigant M4Siz roped in more retailers, including Abercrombie and Fitch, Under Armor, Victoria’s Secret, and J Crew, bringing the total defendant count to 31; and more semiconductor litigation bloomed, with multiple campaigns filing against Micron and TI this week alone.

Board Discretionarily Denies Second Petition Based on Claims Not Being Asserted in Litigation: Iancu-era discretion strikes again: in IPR2022-00150, the Board denied one of two petitions filed on the same day on different claim sets, in large part because the denied petition challenged claims that weren’t currently in litigation. The panel reasoned that, under the Iancu-era updated trial practice guide’s guidance that only in “rare ‘circumstances” should “more than one petition may be necessary,” and used that to agree with the patent owner here that the second set of claims—both challenged different claim sets—should not be instituted under the Board’s discretion, regardless of merit.

It is worth again noting that the trial practice update guide in question was posted to the USPTO website in 2019 sua sponte, and did not undergo notice-and-comment rulemaking or benefit from any substantial notice or comment from the public, and likely lacks the force and effect of law.

SK Hynix DJs Aggressive NPE Longhorn IP: In perhaps a sign of the times, the aggressive licensor Longhorn IP—known primarily for asserting a handful of acquired semiconductor portfolios through various subsidiaries and for being generally the first to sue as an Avanci licensor—has been DJ’d by semiconductor company SK Hynix for a series of allegedly “unreasonable demands” in extended licensing discussions with the company.  Longhorn—the (somewhat) recent creation of Mr. Kahled Fekih-Romdhane and his funding company, Tanit Ventures, Inc.—is accused, in the complaint, of controlling frequent litigants Trenchant Blade Technologies LLC, Lone Star Silicon Innovations LLC, and Hamilcar Barca IP LLC, as listed on Longhorn’s website, as portfolio companies Mr. Fekih-Romadhane controls and whose primary aim is to license the semiconductor industry to acquired portfolios. The complaint seeks noninfringement of at least seven patents, including U.S. 9379079, 7494846, 8669619, 7056821, 8848462, 9147664, and 8086938.

Board Issues Rare Consolidation Request: Is it a sign of things to come? The PTAB has long had, but rarely used, a broad power to consolidate hearings, preferring, in the first decade or so or practice, to largely let IPRs run in parallel.  Consolidation—which differs from joinder in many ways, at least procedurally—gives the Board flexibility to change page limits and briefing and would be heavily favored in new legislative proposals before Congress.

PTAB (23)
Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
PGR2022-00048 Filed CKnapp Sales Inc. d/b/a/ Vivo Vovomart HK Enterprises Co., Ltd.
HK Sanodesk Co., Ltd.
Loctek Inc.
11160367
IPR2022-01236 Filed Almondnet, Inc.
Intent IQ, LLC
Roku, Inc. 8677398
IPR2022-01175 Filed Bissell Inc SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
10925455
IPR2022-01192 Filed Carolyn W. Hafeman Google LLC
Microsoft Corporation
9892287
IPR2022-01189 Filed Carolyn W. Hafeman Google LLC
Microsoft Corporation
10325122
IPR2022-01228 Filed WAG Acquisition LLC [Woodsford Litigation Funding Limited] The Walt Disney Company
Disney Streaming Services LLC
Hulu, LLC
Netflix, Inc.
9742824
IPR2022-01176 Filed Bissell Inc SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
11096541
IPR2022-01243 Filed Jawbone Innovations, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple, Inc 8280072
IPR2022-01191 Filed Carolyn W. Hafeman Google LLC
Microsoft Corporation
10789393
IPR2022-01248 Filed Smart Mobile Technologies LLC [Sunil K. Rao] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Apple, Inc
8842653
IPR2022-01177 Filed Bissell Inc. SharkNinja Operating LLC
SharkNinja Management LLC
SharkNinja Sales Company
11096542
IPR2022-01223 Filed Smart Mobile Technologies LLC [Sunil K. Rao] Apple, Inc 9319075
IPR2022-01193 Filed Carolyn W. Hafeman Google LLC
Microsoft Corporation
9892287
IPR2022-01249 Filed Smart Mobile Technologies LLC [Sunil K. Rao] Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Apple, Inc
9019946
IPR2022-01245 Filed Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson AB Apple Inc 7957770
IPR2022-01253 Filed Safe Haven Wildlife Removal and Property Management Experts LLC Meridian Wildlife Services LLC 10251374
IPR2022-01252 Filed Transcend Shipping Systems LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] FedEx Corporation 9847029
IPR2022-01197 Filed Valtrus Innovations Limited f/k/a Dolya Holdco 9 Limited [Key Patent Innovations Ltd.] Google LLC 6816809
IPR2022-01251 Filed HY-KO Products Co, LLC The Hillman Group, Inc. 9963908
IPR2022-01244 Filed Jawbone Innovations, LLC [Fortress IP, Softbank] Apple, Inc 8280072
IPR2022-01254 Filed Safe Haven Wildlife Removal and Property Management Experts LLC Meridian Wildlife Services LLC 10729108
IPR2022-01188 Filed Carolyn W. Hafeman Google LLC
Microsoft Corporation
10325122
IPR2022-01190 Filed Carolyn W. Hafeman Google LLC
Microsoft Corporation
10789393
PGR2022-00022 Not Instituted – Merits Knauf Insulation, Inc. Rockwool International AS 10968629
IPR2022-00354 Not Instituted – Merits Koroyd Sarl
Smith Sports Optics, Inc.
The Burton Corporation 10736373
IPR2022-00170 Not Instituted – Merits Identity Security LLC Apple, Inc 7493497
IPR2022-00173 Not Instituted – Merits Identity Security LLC Apple, Inc 9507948
IPR2022-00171 Not Instituted – Merits Identity Security LLC Apple, Inc 8020008
IPR2022-00401 Not Instituted – Merits Koninklijke KPN N.V. Ericsson Inc 9549426
IPR2022-00150 Not Instituted – Procedural Lynk Labs LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10687400
IPR2022-00686 Instituted Ecofactor, Inc. Ecobee Technologies ULC 8019567
IPR2021-01218 Instituted Ecofactor, Inc. Google LLC
Ecobee Technologies ULC
8019567
IPR2022-00368 Instituted IGT Zynga Inc. 8266212
IPR2022-00032 Instituted Memoryweb, LLC Apple, Inc 9552376
IPR2022-00288 Instituted Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. 9865022
IPR2022-00278 Instituted Muhr und Bender KG Rassini Suspensiones, SA de CV 9868330
IPR2022-00714 Instituted Vivint Inc Alarm.com Inc.
ADT Inc
7956739
IPR2022-00289 Instituted Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. 10726506
IPR2022-00327 Instituted Motive Drilling Technologies, Inc. Nabors Drilling Technologies USA, Inc. 8210283
IPR2022-00230 Instituted Display Technologies, LLC [Leigh Rothschild, Patent Asset Management] Unified Patents, LLC 9300723
IPR2022-00226 Instituted Audioeye, Inc. Accessibe Ltd. 10866691
IPR2022-00227 Instituted Audioeye, Inc. Accessibe Ltd. 10860173
IPR2021-01374 Instituted Vivint Inc ADT Inc
Alarm.com Inc.
7956739
IPR2022-00356 Instituted C.R. Laurence Co., Inv Frameless Hardware Company LLC 9074413
IPR2022-00309 Instituted The Trustees of Purdue University STMicroelectronics, Inc. 8035112
IPR2022-00149 Instituted Lynk Labs LLC Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. 10687400
IPR2021-00343 Final Written Decision Unification Technologies LLC [Acacia Research Corp.] Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc.
Micron Technology Texas LLC
Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell, Inc.
8533406
IPR2021-00363 Final Written Decision Clicktale Ltd
Content Square Israel Ltd. (f/k/a Clicktale Ltd.)
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel Insight, Inc.
9508081
IPR2021-00145 Final Written Decision Neonode Smartphone LLC [Aequitas Technologies, LLC] Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Apple, Inc
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
8812993
IPR2021-00357 Final Written Decision Green Products and Technologies, LLC Fluid Energy Group Ltd. 7938912
IPR2021-00371 Final Written Decision Targus International LLC Group III International, Inc
Everki USA, Inc.
8567578
IPR2021-00413 Final Written Decision Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 8307761
IPR2021-00414 Final Written Decision Low Temp Industries, Inc. Duke Manufacturing Co. 8661970
IPR2021-00464 Final Written Decision Clicktale Ltd
Content Square Israel Ltd. (f/k/a Clicktale Ltd.)
Quantum Metric, Incorporated
Decibel Insight, Inc.
Decibel Insight, Ltd.
7941525
IPR2021-00261 Final Written Decision Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 7969514
IPR2021-00344 Final Written Decision Unification Technologies LLC [Acacia] Micron Technology, Inc.
Micron Semiconductor Products, Inc.
Micron Technology Texas LLC
Dell Technologies Inc.
Dell, Inc.
8762658
IPR2022-00515 Procedural Termination Agis Software Development LLC [funded] Lyft Inc. 10299100
 

 

District Court (63)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
5:22-cv-03892 Filed Gentex Corp
Indigo Technologies LLC
Thales Visionix Inc
Meta Platforms Technologies LLC
Meta Platforms Inc
7301648
8224024
7725253
6992632
6757068
1:22-cv-05674 Filed Centre Way Company Limited Zhu Aiju
Guangzhou Wakiki Trading Co Ltd
7477229
4:22-cv-02204 Filed Probir Kumar Bondyopadhyay United States Of America
1:22-cv-00900 Filed Inquisient Inc Servicenow 8219585
7979468
8224855
1:22-cv-00904 Filed Acceleration Bay LLC [ForwardPeople LLC] Amazon 6714966
6732147
6829634
6701344
6910069
4:22-cv-00716 Filed Andrew Walker Ebay Inc D593191
6:22-cv-00732 Filed M4siz Limited Phillips-van Heusen Corporation 6526402
6:22-cv-00737 Filed M4siz Limited G-iii Apparel Group 6526402
6:22-cv-00739 Filed M4siz Limited Abercrombie Fitch 6526402
1:22-cv-00909 Filed Veloxis Pharmaceuticals Inc Intas Biopharmaceuticals
Accord Healthcare
8685998
11123331
10864199
9549918
11110081
10166190
2:22-cv-04469 Filed Earle Refining LLC New Vacuum Technologies LLC
North Jersey Petroleum Operations LLC
10053635
1:22-cv-11092 Filed Mathworks Inc Na
2:22-cv-02655 Filed Disintermediation Services Inc 4 Walls Inc 11240183
11336597
11349787
6:22-cv-00758 Filed M4siz Limited Authentic Brands Group LLC 6526402
6:22-cv-00761 Filed Innomemory LLC Plainscapital Bank 6240046
7057960
1:22-cv-03482 Filed Yingping Zhang The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A
1:22-cv-03511 Filed Supernus Pharmaceuticals Inc Alkem Laboratories Limited 10314790
8992989
8663683
8298576
8298580
9622983
9549940
8889191
9555004
8877248
1:22-cv-00015 Filed Joseph A Stanford
Softwho
Microsoft Inc
Bandwidth Firms At Large
Cisco Systems Inc
Financial Systems At Large
4:22-cv-00713 Filed Andrew Walker Amazon Advertising LLC D593191
6:22-cv-00740 Filed M4siz Limited Victorias Secret Co Dba Victorias Secret Stores LLC 6526402
2:22-cv-11532 Filed Timothy Wykhouse Magna International Of America Inc
2:22-cv-11533 Filed Timothy Wyckhouse Magna International Of America Inc 9925649
1:22-cv-00911 Filed Takeda Pharmaceutical Co
Taked Ltd
Sun Pharmaceutical 9173857
8846100
4:22-cv-00577 Filed Context Directions LLC [Jeff Gross] Ean Holdings LLC Doing Business As Enterprise Rent A Car
Alamo Rent-a-center LLC
Ean Holdings Inc
National Car Rental System LLC
11057738
10142791
9807564
1:22-cv-00913 Filed Purdue Pharma Accord Healthcare 11304908
11304909
2:22-cv-04499 Filed Astellas Us LLC;
Medivation Prostate Therapeutics LLC;
Astellas Pharma
Medivation LLC;
The Regents of The University Of California
Cadila Healthcare
Zydus Lifesciences Ltd
7709517
1:22-cv-00282 Filed Katana Silicon Technologies LLC [Longhorn IP] Micron Semiconductor Products Inc
Micron Technology Inc
6731013
RE38806
6352879
6:22-cv-00764 Filed Sales Transaction Systems LLC [Internet Promise Group LLC] Wells Fargo Bank Na 10990933
2:22-cv-00248 Filed Jabaa LLC Lululemon Athletica Inc 7480637
3:22-cv-03915 Filed Sk Hynix Hamilcar Barca Ip LLC
Longhorn Ip LLC
Trenchant Blade Technologies LLC
9379079
7494846
8669619
7056821
8848462
9147664
8086938
6:22-cv-00729 Filed Kioba Processing LLC [Dynamic Deals, d/b/a DynaIP] Zions Bancorporation Na Dba Amegy Bank 9471888
7107078
6917902
7110792
6931382
1:22-cv-00273 Filed Micron Technology Inc Longhorn Ip LLC
6:22-cv-00731 Filed M4siz Limited Ralph Lauren Corporation 6526402
6:22-cv-00735 Filed M4siz Limited Gap Inc 6526402
6:22-cv-00736 Filed Nearverse Inc Cisco Systems Inc 8634853
2:22-cv-00249 Filed Servstor Technologies LLC [IP Investments Group] NEC 7870271
7000010
7310750
6738930
7191274
1:22-cv-11090 Filed Chr Hansen Hmo Gmbh Glycosyn LLC 7521212
9970018
9453230
0:22-cv-01730 Filed Apex Brands Inc
Apex Tool Group LLC
Jinhua Haode Technology Co Ltd 11161366
11325413
2:22-cv-00942 Filed Reald Spark LLC Microsoft Corporation 10740985
2:22-cv-00255 Filed Distributed Media Solutions LLC [IP Investments Group] Aspiro Ab 8046672
RE47053
8122004
4:22-cv-00575 Filed Context Directions LLC Avis Budget Group Inc
Budget Rent A Car System Inc
Avis Rent A Car System LLC
11057738
10142791
9807564
1:22-cv-03538 Filed Deckers Outdoor Corp The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D901870
1:22-cv-00912 Filed Threatmodeler Software Inc Iriusrisk Inc 10699008
10713366
6:22-cv-00762 Filed Sockeye Licensing Tx LLC Titan Company Limited 8135342
9547981
6:22-cv-00763 Filed Sales Transaction Systems LLC Bank Of America 10990933
2:22-cv-00246 Filed Winterspring Digital LLC [IV selloff] Palo Alto Networks Inc 8032646
7164692
7420975
2:22-cv-00247 Filed Winterspring Digital LLC [IV selloff] Trend Micro Inc 8032646
7164692
7420975
1:22-cv-03535 Filed Gesture Technology Partners LLC Motorola Mobility LLC 7933431
8878949
8553079
8194924
6:22-cv-00745 Filed M4siz Limited Under Armour 6526402
6:22-cv-00755 Filed Panasonic Holdings Corporation Broadcom Corporation 10970424
8253492
9524404
6964528
9218485
3:22-cv-04469 Filed Earle Refining LLC New Vacuum Technologies LLC
North Jersey Petroleum Operations LLC
10053635
4:22-cv-00574 Filed Aspiration Innovation Inc Bmw 8489563
8:22-mc-00024 Filed Oe Wheel Distributors LLC Wheel Pros
Mobile Hi-tech Wheels LLC
5:22-cv-00083 Filed Mimo Research LLC Texas Instruments 7200166
7091854
6:22-cv-00733 Filed M4siz Limited Nike 6526402
6:22-cv-00734 Filed M4siz Limited J Crew Group Inc 6526402
2:22-cv-00250 Filed Servstor Technologies LLC Fujitsu
Fujitsu Ltd
7870271
7000010
7310750
6738930
7191274
5:22-cv-03985 Filed Lbt Ip Ii LLC Uber Technologies Inc 8531289
7728724
7598855
8224355
1:22-cv-03522 Filed Deckers Outdoor Corp The Partnerships And Unincorporated Associations Identified On Schedule A D901869
6:22-cv-00756 Filed Panasonic Holdings Corporation Broadcom Corporation 9473268
7328389
6927664
6975641
6965107
3:22-cv-00992 Filed Tech-e Inc Edward E Hanley
Luciana E Hanley
Airfort LLC
Xm Works Inc
10619375
11318393
5557352
2:22-cv-00254 Filed Distributed Media Solutions LLC Deezer RE47053
8122004
6:22-cv-00760 Filed Signify North America Corporation
Signify Holding Bv
Shenzhen Intellirocks Tech Co Ltd 8207541
8378591
7646029
7764026
7358961
2:22-cv-02146 Filed Sotat LLC Zmodo Technology Corporation Limited 10511809
9854207

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