American Vehicular Sciences patent found invalid

On May 19, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. American Vehicular Sciences, LLCIPR2016-00364 invalidating all challenged claims of U.S. Patent 9,043,093, owned and asserted by American Vehicular Sciences, LLC, a subsidiary of Acacia Research Corporation. Acacia, a notorious NPE, is responsible for filing over 250 patent infringement cases in district court since 2014. 

The '093 Patent, which relates to a single side curtain airbag for vehicles, has been asserted in multiple district court cases against various automotive manufacturers and equipment suppliers including Honda, Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai

See a copy of the final decision below or view the entire proceeding in our PTAB Portal. 

Bridge and Post challenged for asserting an invalid patent

On May 16, 2017, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 7,657,594, owned and asserted by Bridge and Post, Inc., an NPE created by Don Lloyd Cook. The '594 Patent, which discloses a method for providing directed media to a user, was first asserted in district court in February 2017 against Verizon

See a copy of the petition below or view the entire proceeding on our PTAB Portal

Plectrum challenged for asserting an invalid patent

On May 15, 2017, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 5,978,951, owned and asserted by Plectrum LLC, a new NPE formed after acquiring several patents formerly owned by Hewlett Packard. The '951 Patent, directed to providing a hardware network address cache, has been asserted in 15 district court cases all of which were filed in February 2017.  

The following companies have been sued by Plectrum: