Speakware patent determined to be likely unpatentable

On July 1, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 6,397,186, owned and asserted by Speakware Inc., an NPE. The ’186 patent, directed to a voice-operated remote control transmitter that activates and operates remote appliances, has been asserted against Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung Electronics.

Unified is represented by Scott McKeown at Ropes and Gray LLP in this proceeding. View SpeakWare’s district court litigation here. To read the petition and view the entire case proceeding, see our PTAB Portal.