Federal Circuit Summarily Affirms Unified's IPR against Acacia Research Entity

On June 19, 2018, The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit summarily affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's ruling in Unified Patents Inc. v. American Vehicular Sciences, LLC IPR2016-00364  that all challenged claims of US Patent 9,043,093, are unpatentable, effectively ending the assertion of those claims against multiple parties. 

Owned and asserted by American Vehicular Sciences, LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation, the '093 patent related to a single side curtain airbag for vehicles and has been asserted in multiple district courts against automotive manufacturers and equipment suppliers including HondaNissanToyota and Hyundai.  The infringement case is currently stayed in the Eastern District of Michigan.   


See American Vehicular Sciences, LLC v. Unified Patents Inc., No. 2017-2307 (Fed. Cir. June 29, 2018) (Rule 36 Affirmance)

Uniloc patent determined to be likely invalid

On June 11, 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 7,092,671 owned and asserted by Uniloc Luxembourg, SA, a well-known NPE. The '671 patent, directed to an automated telephone dialing system, has been asserted in multiple district court cases against such companies as Apple and Samsung.

View all of Uniloc's District Court litigation here. To read the decision and to view the entire IPR proceeding, visit our PTAB Portal

Red River Innovations patent looks invalid

Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Rajesh Singh, who received a cash prize of $2000 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 7,526,477, owned by Red River Innovations, LLC, a, NPE. The '477 patent, directed to an electronic text recommendation system, received the EFF's "Stupid Patent of the Month" award and has been asserted in multiple district court cases. To help the industry fight bad patents, we have published the winning prior art below.

We would also like to thank the dozens of other high-quality submissions that were made on this patent. The ongoing contests are open to anyone, and include tens of thousands of dollars in rewards available for helping the industry to challenge NPE patents of questionable validity by finding and submitting prior art in the contests. Visit PATROLL today to learn more about how to participate.

WINNING SUBMISSION

Silver State abandons patent after Unified files IPR

On June 8, 2018 the Board granted Silver State Intellectual Technologies' request for adverse judgment and cancellation of all challenged claims in IPR2017-01198 filed by Unified Patents. This request comes after the PTAB's decision to institute trial (and mere weeks before the Board's anticipated final decision) on all claims of US 8,538,498 directed to an information and control system for use in a vehicle capable of communicating with remote servers through a communications network. 

For more details about this proceeding, visit Unified's Public Portal

Roaring Brook patent looks invalid

Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Rohit Sood, who received a cash prize of $2000 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 6,909,359, allegedly owned by Roaring Brook Advisors, LLC, a suspected NPE. The '359 patent generally relates to a medical notification device that may be worn as a wristwatch. To help the industry fight bad patents, we have published the winning prior art below.

We would also like to thank the dozens of other high-quality submissions that were made on this patent.  The ongoing contests are open to anyone, and include tens of thousands of dollars in rewards available for helping the industry to challenge NPE patents of questionable validity by finding and submitting prior art in the contests. Visit PATROLL today to learn more about how to participate.

WINNING SUBMISSION

  • US 5,872,505 (Wicks) in view of JP 2003/016185 and US 5,950,632