MOAEC Techs. patent determined to be likely unpatentable

On April 17, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 6,232,539, owned and asserted by MOAEC Technologies, a General Patent Corporation subsidiary and well-known NPE. The ’539 patent, directed to a music organizer and entertainment center, was recently determined to cover ineligible subject matter by the Delaware District Court in three cases involving SpotifySoundCloud, and Deezer. Those cases are currently pending appeal.

Lionel Lavenue, Trenton Ward, and Nathan North at Finnegan are serving as Unified’s lead counsel in this proceeding. View all of MOAEC Technologies’ District Court litigation here. To read the decision and to view the entire IPR proceeding, visit our PTAB Portal

Multiple claims of Sound View patent held unpatentable by PTAB

On April 9, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Sound View Innovations, LLC, IPR2018-00096 holding as unpatentable claims 1-3 and 8-10 of U.S. Patent 6,125,371 owned and asserted by Sound View Innovations, LLC, a well known NPE. The '371 patent, which describes a multi-versioning method for maintaining database records to increase data capacity, has been asserted in multiple litigations against such companies as Fidelity InvestmentsFacebook, and Hulu.

Unified’s own Roshan Mansinghani served as lead counsel in this proceeding. View all of Sound View’s District Court litigation here. To read the decision, visit Unified’s Portal

All challenged claims for another Dominion Harbor patent cancelled by PTAB

On April 5, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Blue Sky Networks, LLC, IPR2018-00069 holding as unpatentable claims 1-4, 7-14, and 17-20 of U.S. Patent 8,265,691 owned and asserted by Blue Sky Networks, LLC, a Dominion Harbor subsidiary and well-known NPE. The '691 patent, directed to enhanced wireless handsets operating in a direct handset-to-handset communication mode, was asserted in multiple litigations against such companies as ToyotaBest BuyMediaTekLenovoBLUHuawei, and Roche Diabetes Care.

David O’Dell, David McCombs, and Gregory Huh at Haynes and Boone, LLP served as Unified’s lead counsel in this proceeding. View all of Blue Sky’s District Court litigation here. To read the decision, visit Unified’s Portal

Unified files IPR against US 9,100,634 owned by Velos Media, LLC

On April 8, 2019, Unified filed a petition (with Finnegan serving as lead counsel) for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent No. 9,100,634, owned by Velos Media, LLC (Velos), as part of Unified's ongoing efforts in its SEP Video Codec Zone.

The ‘634 patent and its corresponding extended patent family is one of the largest families known to be owned by Velos. Including this petition, Unified has now challenged patents representing over 35% of Velos’ total known U.S. assets.

Velos claims to have and seeks to license patents allegedly essential to the HEVC / H.265 standard. The ’634 patent, originally assigned to Panasonic Corporation, was transferred to Velos in 2016.  After conducting an independent analysis, Unified has determined that the ‘634 patent is likely unpatentable.

Visit Unified’s Public Portal for more information about its Video Codec landscape (OPAL) and standard submission repository (OPEN). To read the petition and review the case record, view IPR2019-00883 on the Portal.

Blueprint IP patent added to PATROLL!

On April 5, 2019, Unified added a $1,000 contest to PATROLL seeking prior art for US 8,089,980 owned and asserted by Blueprint IP Solutions, LLC, an NPE. The '980 patent generally relates to a method for protecting switching between geographically separate server systems, and has been asserted in district court litigation against various companies.

The contest will expire on July 5, 2019. Please visit PATROLL for more information or to submit an entry for this contest.