On March 1, 2019, Unified filed a petition (with Finnegan serving as lead counsel) for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent No. 9,538,205, owned by Velos Media, LLC (Velos), as part of Unified's ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.
The ‘205 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 23.7% 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 ’205 patent, originally assigned to Sharp Corporation, was transferred to Velos Media in 2017. After conducting an independent analysis, Unified has determined that the ‘205 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 IPR2019-00720 on the Portal.