Velos Media Patent Likely Unpatentable

On May 16, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims against U.S. Patent 9,338,449. The '449 patent is currently owned and alleged to be standard essential by Velos Media, LLC, and was originally owned by Qualcomm, Inc. The '449 patent is directed to scan order techniques for coding transform coefficients and expires in 2032.

This filing is part of Unified's ongoing efforts in its new SEP Video Codec Zone. Velos claims to have and seeks to license patents allegedly essential to the HEVC / H.265 standard. The ‘449 patent and its corresponding extended patent family is the third-largest family known to be owned by Velos. It represents approximately 5.5% of Velos’ total known assets (and 6.25% of its total known U.S. assets).  To date, Unified has challenged over 30% of Velos' known assets.

David Cavanaugh and Theodoros Konstantakopoulos at Wilmer Hale are serving as Unified’s lead counsel in this proceeding. To read the decision and to view the entire IPR proceeding, visit our PTAB Portal.