On September 11, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial in an IPR filed by Unified against all claims of US Patent 9,930,365, owned by Velos Media, LLC. Velos claims to have and seeks to license patents allegedly essential to the HEVC / H.265 standard (such as the ‘365 patent). Unified filed this challenge as part of its ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone after independently determining that the allegedly standard essential ‘365 patent is likely unpatentable.
The ‘365 patent and its corresponding extended patent family is one of Velos’ largest families representing approximately 4.3% of Velos' known U.S. assets. The ’365 patent, generally directed to encoding and decoding video data using macroblocks, was originally owned by Qualcomm before being transferred to Velos in 2017.
Unified is represented by Eric Buresh and Michelle Callaghan from Erise IP in this proceeding. Visit Unified’s Portal for more information about its Video Codec landscape (OPAL) and standard submission repository (OPEN). To read the decision and review the case record, view IPR2019-00757 on the Portal.