Unified Files IPR Against Acacia-Owned Automotive Patent

On December 17, 2015, Unified Patents ("Unified") petitioned for inter partes review (IPR) of U.S. Patent 9,043,093, owned and asserted by American Vehicular Sciences, LLC ("AVS"), an Acacia Research Corporation (@Acacia_Research $ACTG) subsidiary. On September 1, 2015, AVS filed cases in the Central District of California, asserting one patent. In those cases AVS is represented by Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing (@AZALaw) and Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth. AVS claims its patents cover automotive side-curtain airbag systems. Unified independently petitioned for IPR challenging claims 1, 8, 10, 12, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27 and 36.

A copy of the filing can be found below.

Unified Patents Inc. v. American Vehicular Sciences, LLC, IPR2016-00364, Paper 3 (PTAB Dec. 17, 2015)