Unified seeks two new patent attorneys to join its growing team

Unified Patents is once again growing its legal department, and seeks to add two experienced, registered patent attorneys. Applicants must have at least 5 years of law firm or other relevant experience before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) working on post-grant petitions (IPR, PGR, and CBM), reexaminations, or other administrative drafting and litigation experience.

Applicants should have a strong technical background and be willing to explore diverse new technologies; experience with video codecs, coding, cryptography, compression, signals, wireless communications, or other algorithmic subject matter is a plus. Patent examination experience is a plus; a registration number is a plus; clerking experience is a plus; familiarity with ongoing appellate issues affecting PTAB practice is a plus.

Click the button below for more information about these positions and for instructions on how to apply.

Now Accepting Entries for 2019 CIPSC Law Student Writing Competition

Unified and the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal are pleased to present the CIPSC 2019 Law Student Writing Competition. Current law students and recent graduates are encouraged to submit articles addressing whether 35 U.S.C. § 314(d) permits appeal of the PTAB’s decision to institute an inter partes review upon finding that § 315(b)’s time bar did not apply. The first place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and may be invited to share his or her paper at the upcoming 2019 Corporate Intellectual Property Strategy Conference hosted by Unified and the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal.

The deadline for entry is October 15, 2019. For more details and for directions on how to enter, click the button below.

Carrum Technologies patent determined to be likely invalid

On July 16, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial for all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against US 7,925,416, owned and asserted by Carrum Technologies, LLC. Carrum, an NPE, originally acquired the ‘416 patent from an Intellectual Ventures subsidiary.  The ‘416 patent, directed to vehicle sensors, has been asserted against BMW, FCA, and Ford in district court litigation that was pending as of the Board’s institution decision.  

Unified is represented by Haynes and Boone in this proceeding. View all district court litigation involving the ‘416 patent here. To read the petition and view the entire case proceeding, see Unified’s Portal.

MV3 Partners patent determined to be likely invalid

On July 16, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial for all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against US Patent 8,863,223, owned and asserted by MV3 Partners LLC, an NPE.  The ‘223 patent, directed to receiving media content formatted for a mobile device having a small screen and upconverting it for a larger external display, has been asserted against Best BuyKohl’s and Roku.

Unified is represented by Erise IP in this proceeding.  View MV3 Partner's district court litigation here. To read the petition and view the entire case proceeding, see Unified’s Portal.

All challenged claims of Iron Oak patent held unpatentable

On July 15, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Iron Oak Technologies, LLC, holding as unpatentable claims 1, 3, 4, 8, and 11 of US Patent 5,966,658, owned and asserted by Iron Oak, an NPE.  The ’658 patent, directed to the automatic selection of a communication path in mobile communications, has been asserted in 23 district court cases against companies such as DellHuaweiHPLenovoMicrosoftSamsung, and Toshiba

David Cavanaugh of Wilmer Hale served as Unified’s lead counsel in this proceeding.  View all of Iron Oak’s District Court litigation here.  To read the decision and view the entire IPR proceeding, visit our PTAB Portal.