Microsoft’s Renewed Challenge to i4i Patent is among Reexamination Requests Filed the Week of August 30th

Scott Daniels | September 7, 2010

Most notable among the new requests is one filed by Microsoft against i4i’s U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449 – that’s the famous XML patent that Microsoft was found to infringe last year.  Microsoft was enjoined and ordered to pay i4i $290 million.  A more detailed description of the case is in our posting Saturday on IPWatchdog.

Also quite interesting are requests filed by Public Patent Foundation (PPF) against eight Abbott patents for retroviral protease inhibiting compounds.  PPF is known for targeting pharmaceutical patents that it believes are contrary to the public interest.  Information for seven of the requests appears below; information for the eighth request is not yet available from the Patent Office.  Gene Quinn comments on these requests in yesterday’s IPWatchdog.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)   95/001,432 (electronically filed) – Information not currently available.

(2)   95/001,433 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,262,769 owned by FlashPoint Technology, Inc. and entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUTO ROTATING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE FOR MANAGING PORTRAIT AND LANDSCAPE IMAGES IN AN IMAGE CAPTURE UNIT.  Filed August 30, 2010.

(3)   95/001,434 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,591,005 owned by Centrify Corporation and entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USER LOG-IN NAME MAPPING.  Filed August 31, 2010.

(4)   95/001,435 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,385,541 owned by Smarter Agent, LLC and entitled GLOBAL POSITIONING-BASED REAL ESTATE DATABASE ACCESS DEVICE AND METHOD.  Filed August 31, 2010 by Boopsie, Inc., Classified Ventures LLC, Hotpads, Inc., IDX, Inc., Multifamily Technology Solutions, Inc., Primedia, Inc., Consumer Source, Inc., Trsoft, Inc., Trulia, Inc., Zillow, Inc., and ZipRealty, Inc.  The ‘541 patent (along with the ‘665 and ‘776 patents – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Smarter Agent LLC v. Boopsie, Inc. (D. Del., Case No. 1:10-cv-00245-LPS, filed Mar. 26, 2010).

(5)   95/001,436 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,072,665 owned by Smarter Agent, LLC and entitled POSITION-BASED INFORMATION ACCESS DEVICE AND METHOD OF SEARCHING.  Filed August 31, 2010 by Boopsie, Inc., Classified Ventures LLC, Hotpads, Inc., IDX, Inc., Multifamily Technology Solutions, Inc., Primedia, Inc., Consumer Source, Inc., Trsoft, Inc., Trulia, Inc., Zillow, Inc., and ZipRealty, Inc.  The ‘665 patent (along with the ‘541 and ‘776 patents – see above and below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Smarter Agent LLC v. Boopsie, Inc. (D. Del., Case No. 1:10-cv-00245-LPS, filed Mar. 26, 2010).

(6)   95/001,437 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,496,776 owned by Smarter Agent, LLC and entitled POSITION-BASED INFORMATION ACCESS DEVICE AND METHOD.  Filed September 1, 2010 by by Boopsie, Inc., Classified Ventures LLC, Hotpads, Inc., IDX, Inc., Multifamily Technology Solutions, Inc., Primedia, Inc., Consumer Source, Inc., Trsoft, Inc., Trulia, Inc., Zillow, Inc., and ZipRealty, Inc.  The ‘776 patent (along with the ‘541 and ‘665 patents – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Smarter Agent LLC v. Boopsie, Inc. (D. Del., Case No. 1:10-cv-00245-LPS, filed Mar. 26, 2010).

(7)   95/001,438 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,575,310 owned by TC Development and Design, Inc. and entitled MOTORCYCLE LIFT.  Filed September 2, 2010.

(8)   95/000,568 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,364,752 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled SOLID DISPERSION PHARMACEUTICAL FORMULATIONS.  Filed August 25, 2010 by the Public Patent Foundation.

(9)   95/000,569 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(10)   95/000,570 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,148,359 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled POLYMORPH OF A PHARMACEUTICAL.  Filed August 25, 2010 by the Public Patent Foundation.

(11)   95/000,571 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(12)   95/000,572 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,269,847 having Ralph E. Wesinger, Jr. as its first named inventor and entitled FIREWALL PROVIDING ENHANCED NETWORK SECURITY AND USER TRANSPARENCY.  Filed August 30, 2010.

And the following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)   90/011,178 (electronically filed) – Information not currently available.

(2)   90/011,179 (electronically filed) – Information not currently available.

(3)   90/011,195 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,799,279 owned by Nuance Communications, Inc. and entitled CONTINUOUS SPEECH RECOGNITION OF TEXT AND COMMANDS.  Filed August 30, 2010.  The ‘279 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Nuance Communications, Inc. v. Vlingo Corp. (D. Del., Case No. 1:09-cv-00585-LPS, filed Aug. 7, 2009).

(4)   90/011,196 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,619,352 owned by Chimei Innolux Corporation and entitled LCD SPLAY/TWIST COMPENSATOR HAVING VARYING TILT AND/OR AZIMUTHAL ANGLES FOR IMPROVED GRAY SCALE PERFORMANCE.  Filed August 30, 2010.

(5)   90/011,197 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,648,353 owned by Fette GmbH and entitled VISUAL MONITORING DEVICE FOR ROTARY PRESS.  Filed August 30, 2010.

(6)   90/011,198 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,787,449 owned by i4i Limited Partnership and entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR MANIPULATING THE ARCHITECTURE AND CONTENT OF A DOCUMENT SEPARATELY FROM EACH OTHER.  Filed August 31, 2010 by Microsoft.

(7)   90/011,199 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,629,840 owned by Align Technology, Inc. and entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR INCREMENTALLY MOVING TEETH.  Filed August 31, 2010.

(8)   90/011,200 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,991,735 owned by Value Click, Inc. and entitled COMPUTER PROGRAM APPARATUS FOR DETERMING BEHAVIORAL PROFILE OF A COMPUTER USER.  Filed August 31, 2010.

(9)   90/011,201 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,848,396 owned by Value Click, Inc. and entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETERMINING BEHAVIORAL PROFILE OF A COMPUTER USER.  Filed August 31, 2010.

(10)              90/011,202 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,703,166 owned by Samsung SDI Co., Ltd. and entitled NEGATIVE ACTIVE MATERIAL SLURRY COMPOSITION FOR RECHARGEABLE LITHIUM BATTERY AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING NEGATIVE ELECTRODE USING SAME.  Filed September 1, 2010 by the patent owner.

(11)   90/011,203 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,231,744 owned by Cool Building System, Inc. and entitled ROOF VENTING SYSTEM FOR IMPROVED INTERIOR AIR QUALITY AND HOT WATER AND ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION.  Filed September 2, 2010.

(12)   90/011,204 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,335,838 owned by ACCO Brands Corporation and entitled STAPLING MACHINE.  Filed September 2, 2010 by Accentra, Inc.  The ‘838 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled ACCO Brands Corporation v. Accentra, Inc. (N.D. Ill., Case No. 1:10-cv-02573, filed Apr. 26, 2010).

(13)   90/011,205 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,471,967 owned by Toybox Corporation and entitled DISC CISCHARGING TOY.  Filed September 2, 2010 by Ganz.  The ‘967 patent is currently the subject of two litigations, styled: Hasbro Inc. v. Buzz Bee (D. Mass., Case No. 3:10-cv-10906-MAP, filed June 2, 2010) and Hasbro Inc. v. Lanard Toys, Inc. (D. Mass., Case No. 3:10-cv-30106-MAP, filed June 2, 2010).

(14)   90/011,206 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,115,074 owned by Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and entitled SYSTEM FOR FORMING AND PROCESSING PROGRAM MAP INFORMATION SUITABLE FOR TERRESTRIAL, CABLE OR SATELLITE BROADCAST.  Filed September 3, 2010.

(15)   90/011,207 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,373,876 owned by LSP Technologies, Inc. and entitled SINGLE MODE OSCILLATOR FOR A LASER PEENING LASER.  Filed September 3, 2010 by Metal Improvement Company LLC.  The ‘876 patent is currently the subject of two litigations, styled: LSP Technologies Inc. v. Continuum Electro-Optics Inc. (S.D. Ohio, Case No. 2:08-cv-00038-EAS-EPD, filed Jan. 14, 2008) and LSP Technologies Inc. v. Metal Improvement Company, LLC (S.D. Ohio, Case No.2 :10-cv-00526-EAS-EPD, filed June 8, 2010).

(16)   90/009,802 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(17)   90/009,803 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(18)   90/009,806 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(19)   90/009,808 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,541,206 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled RETROVIRAL PROTEASE INHIBITING COMPOUNDS.  Filed August 25, 2010 by the Public Patent Foundation.

(20)   90/009,809 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,674,882 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled RETROVIRAL PROTEASE INHIBITING COMPOUNDS.  Filed August 25, 2010 by the Public Patent Foundation.

(21)   90/009,810 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,037,157 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled METHOD FOR IMPROVING PHARMACOKINETICS.  Filed August 25, 2010 by the Public Patent Foundation.

(22)   90/009,811 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,648,497 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled RETROVIRAL PROTEASE INHIBITING COMPOUNDS.  Filed August 25, 2010 by the Public Patent Foundation.

(23)   90/009,812 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,635,523 owned by Abbott Laboratories and entitled         RETROVIRAL PROTEASE INHIBITING COMPOUNDS.  Filed August 25, 2010 by Public Patent Foundation.

(24)   90/009,815 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(25)   90/009,816 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(26)   90/009,817 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,623,991 owned by Comsol AB and entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR THE SPECIFICATION AND AUTOMATIC DERIVATION OF PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH COUPLED PHYSICAL QUANTITIES IN A MULTIPHYSICS PROBLEM.  Filed August 31, 2010.

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