On February 15, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Location Based Services, LLC, IPR2017-01965 invalidating claims 1-4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13 and 14 of U.S. Patent 7,860,648 owned and asserted by Location Based Services, LLC, a Leigh Rothschild entity and NPE. The '648 patent, directed to a mapping display system and method, was originally obtained by Intellectual Ventures (Invention Science Fund I LLC) and then transferred to Rothschild. It belongs to a broader patent family that has been asserted against several carriers including Verizon, as well as Rand McNally, Garmin, Niantic, and Trimble.
The Board’s decision also denied Patent Owner’s motion to amend which helps to ensure that this patent will not be used in future litigation campaigns. The Board cited multiple issues in rejecting the substitute claims including (1) being directed to unpatentable subject matter (101); (2) lacking proper support (112); and (3) being obvious in view of our prior art (103).
To read the decision and to view the entire proceeding, visit our PTAB Portal.