On March 18, 2019, Unified filed a petition (with Baker Botts serving as lead counsel) for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent No. 9,014,494, owned by Velos Media, LLC (Velos), as part of Unified's ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.
The '494 patent and its corresponding extended patent family is one of the largest families known to be owned by Velos. Including this petition, Unified has now challenged patents representing 29% of Velos’ total known U.S. assets.
Velos claims to have and seeks to license patents allegedly essential to the HEVC / H.265 standard. The family of the '494 patent, originally assigned to Panasonic Corporation, was transferred to Velos Media in 2017. After conducting an independent analysis, Unified has determined that the '494 patent is likely unpatentable.
Visit Unified’s Public Portal for more information about its Video Codec landscape (OPAL) and standard submission repository (OPEN). To read the petition and review the case record, view IPR2019-00749 on the Portal.