Patent Filings Roundup: Beer Bong Companies Clash; Crypto Company Sues Coinbase; Campaigns Spiral in Otherwise Quiet Week

patent filingsDistrict court and Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) filings were both down substantially this week, with 57 and 15, respectively, and 91 district court terminations. The drop-off of patent filings in the Western District of Texas has perhaps not been as pronounced as might be expected, though obviously most of those cases are being assigned to other judges there, or continuations of defendants being added to suits already within the Waco court’s jurisdiction. The Traxcell campaign continued to spiral, with many new defendants added; ditto the Hilco capital-led Bell Semiconductor case, which added an even more diverse list of defendants to the already-long roster. Otherwise most suits this week, with the exception of a few highlighted below, are related to earlier-filed suits.

Crypto Capital Company Sues—in Own Name: While private equity and litigation funding (or some equivalent) now undergirds some 30% of all U.S. patent litigation, it’s exceedingly rare to see a capital company buying the patents, keeping them in their own name, and then selling as the named defendant. But that is just what Veritaseum Capital LLC appears to have done with U.S. Patent 11,196,566. Suing the recently plagued cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, which has been hit hard by the crypto winter, the Wyoming-based Veritaseum—which bills itself as  “FinTech using blockchain to encode contracts for business transactions,” whatever that means, has, per Twitter, one U.S. and one Japanese patent “available for licensure.” They’ve sued Coinbase on that patent in Delaware. While the patent landscape for blockchain patents is still somewhat limited, it will be interesting to see, as smaller coins and smart contract startups fail, if there is a rush to monetize patents that were acquired along the way. The Twitter dialogue around the suit is interesting—with armchair commentors weighing in on infringement, damages, and other aspects of the complaint.

Beer Chugging Companies Clash: Drink it down; plaintiff patent owner Chug Bud, a self-proclaimed “innovator in the field of drinking accessories,” has lashed out at competitor Booze Missile for infringing patent 10,278,526. Chug Bud alleges that Johnny Manziel, Travis Kelce, and Post Malone have all collaborated to support their products, or “missiles,” which are, per their complaint and website, portable beer bongs plus shotgun funnels, which help you—you guessed it—chug a can of beer in one gulp. Here, a picture is worth a thousand words:

You really can get a patent on anything these days.

PTAB (15)

Case Number Action Owner Petitioner Patent
IPR2022-01552 Filed Ioengine, LLC Roku, Inc. 10972584
IPR2022-01568 Filed Lauri Valjakka Netflix, Inc. 8495167
IPR2022-01534 Filed CHEVRON U.S.A., Inc [Chevron Corp.] Snf S.A 10626320
IPR2022-01554 Filed Ioengine, LLC Roku, Inc. 10972584
IPR2022-01553 Filed Ioengine, LLC Roku, Inc. 10972584
IPR2022-01434 Filed Globus Medical, Inc. Life Spine, Inc. 8845731
IPR2022-01544 Filed MZ Audio Science, LLC [Burford Capital Ltd.] Sony Group Corporation,

Sony Corporation of America

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.

Sony Electronics Inc.

7289961
IPR2022-01564 Filed Walmart Apollo, LLC [WalMart Inc.] BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. 10803435
IPR2022-01551 Filed Ioengine, LLC Roku, Inc. 10972584
IPR2022-01559 Filed Scramoge Technology Ltd. [Atlantic IP Services Ltd., Magentar Capital] Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 7825537
IPR2022-01561 Filed Walmart Apollo, LLC [WalMart Inc.] BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. 10803435
IPR2022-01528 Filed Walmart Apollo, LLC [WalMart Inc.] BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. 10803435
IPR2022-01570 Filed Dali Wireless Inc. [Dali Systems Co., Ltd.] Ericsson Inc 11026232
IPR2022-01563 Filed Walmart Apollo, LLC [WalMart Inc.] BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings, Inc. 10803435
IPR2022-01500 Filed Torchlight Technologies LLC [Curiam Capital] Unified Patents, LLC 11208029
IPR2022-00619 Not Instituted – Merits Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 10516513
IPR2022-00348 Not Instituted – Merits Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 10484915
IPR2022-00826 Not Instituted – Merits ON24, Inc. webinar.net, Inc. 9148480
IPR2022-00527 Instituted ThroughPuter, Inc Microsoft Corporation 9632833
IPR2022-00569 Instituted Power Concepts, LLC

 

Walmart Inc.

Current Lighting Solutions, LLC [American Industrial Partners]

10429041
IPR2022-00534 Instituted Power Concepts, LLC Walmart Inc.

Current Lighting Solutions, LLC [American Industrial Partners]

10837628
IPR2022-00707 Instituted Sightline Payments LLC [Vantiv LLC (Fidelity National Information Services Incorporated)] Everi Payments Inc. 9785926
IPR2022-00684 Instituted Microsurgical Technology, Inc. [Halma PLC] New World Medical, Inc. 10888460
IPR2022-00528 Instituted ThroughPuter, Inc Microsoft Corporation 9424090
IPR2022-00574 Instituted ThroughPuter, Inc Microsoft Corporation 10318353
IPR2022-00706 Instituted Sightline Payments LLC [Vantiv LLC (Fidelity National Information Services Incorporated)] Sightline Payments LLC

Everi Payments Inc.

9466176
PGR2022-00030 Instituted Sphere USA, LLC The Gillette Company, LLC 11235486
IPR2022-00457 Instituted Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Apple, Inc 9509440
IPR2021-00593 Final Written Decision K. Mizra LLC [Ginegar LLC, poss. Sharp] Cisco Systems, Inc.

Forescout Technologies, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

8234705
IPR2022-00081 Final Written Decision K. Mizra LLC [Ginegar LLC, poss. Sharp] Forescout Technologies, Inc.

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

8234705
IPR2021-00758 Final Written Decision Universal Electronics, Inc. Roku, Inc. 9641785
IPR2022-00084 Final Written Decision K. Mizra LLC [Ginegar LLC, poss. Sharp] Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Forescout Technologies, Inc.

8234705
IPR2021-00678 Final Written Decision Sisvel S.P.A. [Fineur International S.A.] TCT Mobile US Inc.

TCT Mobile US Holdings Inc.

TCL Communication Technology Holdings, Ltd.

TCT Mobile International Limited

TCT Mobile Inc

8971279

District Court (57)

Case Number Action Plaintiff Defendant Patent
6:22-cv-00983 Filed Safecast Limited Microsoft Corporation 9392302
1:22-cv-11546 Filed Ipsen Pharma Sas [Ipsen Sa]

Radius Health Inc

Orbicular Pharmaceutical Technologies Private Limited 10996208

8748382

11255842

8148333

7803770

6:22-cv-00991 Filed Traxcell Technologies LLC Nokia Of America Corp

Samsung Electronics America Inc

Sprint Solutions Inc

Sprint Spectrum Lp

Sprint Corporation

et al.

9918196

10390175

10448209

1:22-cv-01227 Filed Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma Ltd

Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma France Sas

Teva Pharmaceuticals Usa Inc 9561251

11446252

1:22-cv-01228 Filed Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc [Johnson & Johnson]

Bayer Ag

Bayer Pharma Ag

Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc

Mylan Inc

10828310
1:22-cv-01695 Filed Aob Products Company Outdoor Product Innovations Inc Doing Business As Wicked Tree Gear 10772261
1:22-cv-08128 Filed Traxcell Technologies LLC Helbiz Inc 10820147
1:22-cv-01236 Filed Array Biopharma Inc [Pfizer Inc.] Eugia Pharma Specialities Limited

Aurobindo Pharma Usa Inc

9474754
1:22-cv-02485 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC [Hilco Inc. (d/b/a/ Hilco Global)] Phison Electronics Inc 7007259

6436807

3:22-cv-00273 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC [Hilco Inc. (d/b/a/ Hilco Global)] Ambarella Inc Doing Business As Ambarella Corp 7007259

6436807

1:22-cv-05683 Filed Nexus Pharmaceuticals Inc Par Pharmaceutical Inc

Par Sterile Products LLC

Nevakar Injectables Inc

Nevakar Inc

Endo Ventures Ltd

et al.

11426369
1:22-cv-00121 Filed JM4 Tactical, LLC

James Chadwick Myers

Er Doing Business As Her Tactical

Her Tactical

Blake Cheal

Vicky Arlene Johnston

D841979

D788451

D836329

D811731

6:22-cv-00985 Filed Aeritas LLC Staples Inc 8055285

8620364

7706819

6:22-cv-00990 Filed Wiesblatt Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Razer Usa Ltd 8396112
3:22-cv-00064 Filed Nuhn Industries Ltd Bazooka Farmstar LLC 11448224
1:22-cv-12229 Filed Duke Manufacturing Co Delfield Company The

Welbilt Inc

8997640
6:22-cv-00999 Filed Traxcell Technologies LLC Maplebear Inc 10820147
1:22-cv-01248 Filed Hilti Aktiengesellschaft [Hilti Martin Family Trust] Specified Technologies Inc 10610711

10663090

10774528

10267036

10641417

11242946

10295088

11137091

10596399

6:22-cv-01003 Filed Decapolis Systems LLC [Raymond Anthony Joao] Oracle Corporation 7464040

7490048

1:22-cv-01257 Filed Roboticvisiontech Inc Abb Inc 7336814

8095237

6816755

6:22-cv-00977 Filed Onstream Media Corporation VEE24 Limited 9161068

10694142

10038930

11128833

9467728

10200648

10674109

10951855

6:22-cv-00986 Filed Aeritas LLC Office Depot LLC 8055285

8620364

7706819

9888107

3:22-cv-00063 Filed Nuhn Industries Ltd Bazooka Farmstar LLC
6:22-cv-00993 Filed Big Will Enterprises Inc [ArrivalStar/Shipping and Transit group—Martin Kelly Jones, Scott Horstmeyer, Pete Siriani] Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company 8559914

9049558

8737951

8452273

8977230

10521846

0:22-cv-61793 Filed Tunnel Ip LLC [IP Edge LC] Inmusic Brands Inc 7916877
6:22-cv-06404 Filed Harmony Licensing LLC [IP Edge LC] Corning Incorporated RE42219
6:22-cv-01000 Filed Traxcell Technologies LLC Shopify Data Processing Usa Inc 10820147
1:22-cv-02462 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Centurylink Communications LLC 9369575

8861512

9173154

9591551

6:22-cv-00997 Filed LOWER48 Ip LLC Shopify Inc 10140349

7681177

11100070

11194777

6:22-cv-01001 Filed Street Spirit Ip LLC [Dynamic IP Deals, LLC (d/b/a DynaIP)] Match Group Inc Doing Business As Okcupidcom 8850535
1:22-cv-08166 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC [Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global)] Asmedia Technology Inc 7007259

6436807

1:22-cv-01259 Filed Gilead Sciences Inc Natco Pharma Limited 9492449
3:22-cv-01435 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC [Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global)] Ampere Computing LLC 7007259

6436807

8:22-cv-02206 Filed Igel Beauty LLC Daily Nail Art Supply LLC D914291
6:22-cv-00982 Filed Monument Peak Ventures LLC [Dominion Harbor Enterprises, LLC] Alarmcom Incorporated 8305452

7035461

7730036

8665345

8024311

4:22-cv-00812 Filed Tunnel Ip LLC [IP Edge LLC] Benq America Corp 7916877
1:22-cv-08109 Filed Coretek Licensing LLC [IP Edge LLC] Maven Clinic Co 9369575

8861512

9173154

9591551

3:22-cv-05419 Filed Voip-pal.com Inc Google LLC 10218606
1:22-cv-05663 Filed NuWave LLC Sound Around Inc D651448
3:22-cv-00540 Filed Fiskars Finland Oy Ab

Fiskars Brands Inc [Fiskars Oyj Abp]

Ross Gundlach

Vance Koch

Lumino Inc

Stephanie Cota

Woodland Tools Inc

D764882

D720969

D684828

10321635

1:22-cv-01253 Filed Veritaseum Capital LLC Coinbase Global Inc 11196566
6:22-cv-00998 Filed Traxcell Technologies LLC Curb Mobility LLC 10820147
1:22-cv-01260 Filed Cambridge Mobile Telematics Inc Zendrive Inc 10672249

10967872

9228836

10930090

10349219

4:22-cv-05429 Filed Chug Bud LLC Dimarco Del Curto Doing Business As Booze Missile 10278526
1:22-cv-01256 Filed Hills Point Industries LLC Doing Business As Gorilla Commerce Just For Love LLC 11141013
1:22-cv-11539 Filed Gratuity Solutions LLC

Gratuity LLC

Toast Inc 10726436

9741050

2:22-cv-06709 Filed Sho Products LLC Puff Corp 10271579
3:22-cv-01417 Filed John Wallace Rockett Backyard Board Of New Jersey LLC 11439880
6:22-cv-00992 Filed Traxcell Technologies LLC Nokia Of America Corp

Samsung Electronics America Inc

Sprint Solutions Inc

Nokia Solutions And Networks Oy

Ericsson Inc

et al.

10743135

10701517

11445328

10820147

2:22-cv-00367 Filed Seungman Kim Samsung Electronics America Inc

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd

10149164

10111098

11184771

9973929

10299133

9509822

10085151

1:22-cv-01480 Filed Sockeye Licensing Tx LLC D H Distributing Company 9547981

8135342

6:22-cv-00996 Filed Adaptflow Technologies LLC [IP Edge LLC] Roku Inc 9838757

8447162

10015064

8667068

7340528

7206494

7539012

7120034

1:22-cv-01233 Filed Nexus Pharmaceuticals Inc Exela Pharma Sciences LLC 11426369
1:22-cv-01232 Filed Zogenix International Ltd

Zogenix Inc

Lupin Limited

Apotex Inc

Apotex Corp

11406606
5:22-cv-05448 Filed Alpha And Omega Semiconductor Limited

Alpha And Omega Semiconductor Incorporated

Force Mos Technology Co Ltd 7285822

6919249

7629634

8629019

6888196

7667264

3:22-cv-01437 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC [Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global)] Lattice Semiconductor Corp 7007259

6436807

4:22-cv-00819 Filed Bell Semiconductor LLC [Hilco Inc. (d/b/a Hilco Global)] Rockchip Electronics Co Ltd 7007259

6436807

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    October 4, 2022 12:55 pm

    Thanks! This is great.

  • [Avatar for Pro Say]
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    September 30, 2022 04:52 pm

    “You really can get a patent on anything these days.”

    Unless, of course, the “anything” relies on or otherwise utilizes computers or the Internet.

    Or . . . should you be fortunate enough to get a patent (thank you Iancu), one or more “I hate patent cases” judge (taking the lead from the off-the-eligibility-rails CAFC) takes it away from you . . . handing your invention off to the unabashed, unapologetic, even giddy infringers.

    American “innovation protection” is an oxymoron.

    American innovation leadership a lie.

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