On April 4, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Fall Line Patents, LLC, IPR2018-00043, holding as unpatentable claims 16-19, 21, and 22 of U.S. Patent No. 9,454,748, owned and asserted by Fall Line Patents, LLC, an NPE. The final written decision was made publicly available on May 16, 2019. The ‘748 patent is generally directed to collecting data from a handheld computing device by means of a questionnaire on the handheld computing device and transmitting responses, including GPS coordinates of the handheld computing device, to a server. The ‘748 patent has been asserted against numerous companies including American Airlines, AMC Entertainment, Boston Market,Choice Hotels, Cinemark Theatres, McDonald's, Papa John's, Starbucks, Uber, and Zoës Kitchen.
In the final written decision, the PTAB determined that Unified was the sole real party-in-interest (RPI) in the proceeding.