Reexamination Requests Filed the Week of July 19th

Scott Daniels | July 28, 2010

Of special interest is the request (90/011,109) filed by Hynix against U.S. Patent No. 6,546,446 owned by Rambus.  The ‘446 patent is already the subject of two inter partes reexaminations, initiated by Micron – in both the examiner has indicated the patentability of the claims, and earlier this month Micron filed a notice to appeal to the PTO Board.  The ‘446 patent is also currently the subject of two cases filed by Rambus in the Northern District of California.

Reexamination requests are typically reported in the Official Gazette approximately three months after filing. Such a delay in reporting requests, particularly for requests that involve copending District Court litigation, is too long. We therefore report new ex parte and inter partes reexamination requests filed electronically the previous week as they appear on the Patent Office PAIR system.  Information on concurrent litigation is also provided, where available.

Some reexamination requests are still filed by paper.  Because of the time required for the Patent Office to review such paper requests before posting on PAIR, our report may come three weeks after filing.  The information available from the Patent Office may be incomplete in a few cases because not all the reexamination request papers have yet been posted on PAIR.  There may also be gaps in the Patent Office docket numbers listed because, for any of various reasons, a reexamination request has been assigned a docket number but is not ready for posting.

The following inter partes requests were made:

(1)   95/001,400 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,214,636 owned by ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc. and entitled CATALYST REGENERATOR FOR REDUCING ENTRAINED CATALYST LOSS.  Filed July 20, 2010 by UOP LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Honeywell International Inc.

(2)   95/001,401 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,757,946 owned by Acme Scale Company, Inc. and entitled MATERIAL TRANSPORT IN-MOTION PRODUCT DIMENSIONING SYSTEM AND METHOD.  Filed July 20, 2010 by LTS Scale Company, LLC.

(3)   95/001,402 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,643,773 owned by Advanced Cartridge Technologies, LLC and entitled USER-FRIENDLY IMAGING CARTRIDGE.  Filed July 22, 2010 by Lexmark International, Inc.    The ‘773 patent (along with the ‘710 & ‘356 patents – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Advanced Cartridge Technologies, LLC v. Lexmark International, Inc. (M.D. Fla., Case No. 8:10-cv-00486-SDM-TGW, filed Feb. 22, 2010).

(4)   95/001,403 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,113,710 owned by Advanced Cartridge Technologies, LLC and entitled STRUCTURE PREVENTING THE USE OF AN UNAUTHORIZED CIRCUIT BOARD.  Filed July 22, 2010 by Lexmark International, Inc.  The ‘710 patent (along with the ‘773 and ‘356 patents – see above and below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Advanced Cartridge Technologies, LLC v. Lexmark International, Inc. (M.D. Fla., Case No. 8:10-cv-00486-SDM-TGW, filed Feb. 22, 2010).

(5)   95/001,404(electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,257,356 owned by Advanced Cartridge Technologies, LLC and entitled ERGONOMIC TONER CARTRIDGE.  Filed July 22, 2010 by Lexmark International, Inc. The ‘356 patent (along with the ‘773 and ‘710 patents – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Advanced Cartridge Technologies, LLC v. Lexmark International, Inc. (M.D. Fla., Case No. 8:10-cv-00486-SDM-TGW, filed Feb. 22, 2010).

(6)   95/001,405 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,558,083 owned by SynQor, Inc. and entitled HIGH EFFICIENCY POWER CONVERTER.  Filed July 23, 2010 by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.  The ‘083 patent (along with the ‘702 patent – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 2:07-cv-00497-TJW-CE, filed Nov. 13, 2007).

(7)   95/001,406 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,564,702 owned by SynQor, Inc. and entitled HIGH EFFICIENCY POWER CONVERTER.  Filed July 23, 2010 by Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.  The ‘702 patent (along with the ‘083 patent – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Technologies, Inc. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 2:07-cv-00497-TJW-CE, filed Nov. 13, 2007).

(8)   95/001,407 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,923,789 owned by Playtex Products, Inc. and entitled MULTIPLE-COMPONENT TAMPON APPLICATOR.  Filed July 23, 2010.

(9)   95/000,556 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,704,921 owned by Praxair Technology, Inc. and entitled PRODUCTION OF ACTIVATED CHAR USING HOT GAS.  Filed July 9, 2010.

(10)   95/000,558 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(11)   95/000,559 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(12)   95/000,560 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,679,573 owned by Electronic Controlled Systems, Inc. and entitled ENCLOSED MOBILE/TRANSPORTABLE MOTORIZED ANTENNA SYSTEM.  Filed July 19, 2010.

And the following ex parte requests were made:

(1)   90/011,099 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,220,633 owned by Volterra Semiconductor Corporation and entitled METHOD OF FABRICATING A LATERAL DOUBLE-DIFFUSED MOSFET.  Filed July 19, 2010.

(2)   90/011,100 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,671,411 owned by Volterra Semiconductor Corporation and entitled LATERAL DOUBLE-DIFFUSED MOSFET TRANSISTOR WITH A LIGHTLY DOPED SOURCE.  Filed July 19, 2010.

(3)   90/011,101 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,448,520 owned by Renesas Technology Corporation and entitled SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY.  Filed July 19, 2010.

(4)   90/011,102 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,732,037 owned by Renesas Technology Corporation and entitled SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY.  Filed July 19, 2010.

(5)   90/011,103 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,400,126 owned by Volterra Semiconductor Corporation and entitled SWITCHING REGULATOR WITH MULTIPLE POWER TRANSISTOR DRIVING VOLTAGES.  Filed July 19, 2010.

(6)   90/011,104 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,889,943 owned by Trend Micro, Incorporated and entitled APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ELECTRONIC MAIL VIRUS DETECTION AND ELIMINATION.  Filed July 20, 2010.

(7)   90/011,105 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,566,185 owned by Renesas Technology Corporation and entitled SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT.  Filed July 21, 2010.

(8)   90/011,106 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,774,670 owned by Netscape Communications and entitled PERSISTENT CLIENT STATE IN A HYPERTEXT TRANSFER PROTOCOL BASED CLIENT-SERVER SYSTEM.  Filed July 22, 2010.

(9)   90/011,107 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,937,341 owned by the University of Washington and entitled SIMPLIFIED HIGH FREQUENCY TUNER AND TUNING METHOD.  Filed July 23, 2010.

(10)   90/011,108 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,750,258 owned by Battelle Memorial Institute and entitled CATALYST STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF FISCHER-TROPSCH SYNTHESIS.  Filed July 23, 2010.

(11)   90/011,109 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,546,446 owned by Rambus Inc. and entitled SYNCHRONOUS MEMORY DEVICE HAVING AUTOMATIC PRECHARGE.  Filed July 23, 2010 by Hynix Semiconductor Inc.  The ‘446 patent is currently the subject of two litigations, styled: Rambus Inc. v. Micron Technology Inc. (N.D. Cal., Case No. 5:06-cv-00244-RMW, filed Jan. 13, 2006) and Rambus Inc. v. Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (N.D. Cal., Case No. 5:05-cv-00334-RMW, filed Jan. 25, 2005).

(12)   90/009,774 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(13)   90/009,776 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. D607,918 owned by Ideavillage Products Corp. and entitled SUNGLASSES.  Filed July 12, 2010.

(14)   90/009,778 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(15)   90/009,780 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(16)   90/009,781 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,594,286 owned by Brigham & Women’s Hospital and The General Hospital Corporation and entitled ANGLE INDICATOR.  Filed July 21, 2010.

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