Kojicast patent added to PATROLL

On December 7, 2018, Unified added a $1,000 contest to PATROLL seeking prior art for US Patent No. 9749380 owned and asserted by Kojicast, LLC (an NPE). The '380 patent, generally related to a media streaming method and system, has been asserted against Dailymotion S.A. in the Texas Eastern District Court.

The contest will expire on March 6, 2019. Please visit PATROLL for more information or to submit an entry for this contest. 

Prior art found for E-Credit Express patent

Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Hanhwe Kim, who received a cash prize of $1,500 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 8,909,551, owned by E-Credit Express, LLC, an NPE. The '551 patent, directed toward an electronic credit and loan processing method, has been asserted against several companies in district court litigation. 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

Prior art found for Proximity Sensors of Texas patent

Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Hanhwe Kim, who received a cash prize of $1000 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 7,050,043, owned by Proximity Sensors of Texas, LLC, a well-known NPE.  The '043 patent, directed toward a proximity sensor, has been asserted against several companies in district court litigation. 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

Unified Patents® CEO Interviewed, Announces Video Codec Zone

In a recent interview with Jan Ozer at Streamingmedia.com, Unified Patents® co-founder and CEO Kevin Jakel discussed patent licensing problems that have hindered the adoption of High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC or H.265) and announced that Unified is working to deter patent abuse by mostly foreign entities in the Standard Essential Patent (SEP) space through its first-of-its-kind Video Codec Zone.

The Video Codec Zone seeks to introduce clarity and to assist in negotiating Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licenses and to deter abusive, invalid, or non-essential patent assertion.  The recently launched Zone combines analytics, publication, and challenges to create a holistic solution. Some parts include tools for HEVC landscaping (OPAL), valuation (OVAL), standard submission (OPEN), as well as essentiality and validity challenges.  For example, Unified recently challenged a patent related to almost 7% of Velos Media’s portfolio.

Streamingmedia.com Interview

Mobility Workx patent found likely unpatentable

On December 3, 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 8,213,417 owned and asserted by Mobility Workx, LLC, an NPE. This decision marks the third time the Board has rejected arguments that Unified’s members are real parties-in-interest since the Federal Circuit addressed RPI in Applications in Internet Time, LLC v. RPX. The '417 patent, directed to a "system, apparatus, and methods for proactive allocation of wireless communication resources," has been asserted in the Eastern District of Texas against Verizon and T-Mobile.

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