Collision Avoidance Techs. patent determined to be likely invalid

On November 14, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 6,268,803, owned and asserted by Collision Avoidance Technologies LLC, a  subsidiary of well-known NPE Quarterhill Inc. (f/k/a Wi-LAN Inc.).  The '803 Patent, directed to a system and method to help drivers of vehicles avoid collisions, was previously asserted in district court litigation against Ford and Toyota.

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Plectrum patent determined to be likely invalid

On November 14, 2017, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 5,978,951, owned and asserted by Plectrum LLC, an NPE.  The '951 Patent, directed to providing a network address cache, was previously asserted in district court litigation against such companies as Nokia, Oracle, AT&T, Verizon, Broadcom, Huawei, and Juniper Networks.

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Acacia patent challenged as likely invalid

On October 26, 2017, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 8,902,770 owned and asserted by Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, an Acacia Research subsidiary and well-known NPE. The '770 patent, directed to a method for “explicit signaling between a network and the user equipment,” has been asserted in district litigation against such companies as Apple, ZTE, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Boost Mobile, and T-Mobile.

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Blackbird Techs. patent challenged as likely invalid

On October 24, 2017, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 9,424,848 owned and asserted by Blackbird Technologies, LLC, a well-known NPE. The '848 patent, directed to a method for secure transactions utilizing physically separated computers, has been asserted in district litigation against such companies as Capital One and BMO Harris Bank.

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Uniloc patent challenged as likely invalid

On October 24, 2017, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 6,110,228 owned and asserted by Uniloc Luxembourg, S.A., a well-known NPE. The '228 patent, directed to a method and apparatus for software maintenance at remote nodes, has been asserted in fifteen district court cases since January 2017, ten of which remain pending. Defendants include such companies as Big Fish Games, Riot Games, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Box, Nexon America.

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