Reexamination Request Against Taser Patent Among Those Filed Week of October 11th

Scott Daniels | October 19, 2010

The clear stand-out among the reexamination requests filed last week was one against U.S. Patent No. 6,999,295, the patent for the famous Taser® stun gun, owned by Taser International.  The preamble of one of the ‘295 claims euphemistically recites a “dual operating mode electronic disabling device for immobilizing a target.”  Taser successfully sued Stinger Systems in Arizona for infringement of the ‘295 patent, culminating in an infringement judgment in August.  Taser owns another patent, U.S. Patent No. 7,102,870, claim 3 of which has been held to be invalid as obvious over the prior art.

A request was also filed against Apple’s U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 (Ex parte No. 10).  As reported by our friend Gene Quinn in IPWatchdog, Apple has sued HTC and Exeda for infringement of the ‘647 patent, among many other patents.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)   95/001,464 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,578,439 owned by e2Interactive, Inc. and entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTHORIZING STORED VALUE CARD TRANSACTIONS.  Filed October 11, 2010 by Blackhawk Network, Inc.  The ‘439 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled e2Interactive, Inc. et al. v. Blackhawk Network, Inc. (W.D. Wis., Case No. 3:09-cv-00629-slc, filed Oct. 14, 2009).

(2)   95/001,465 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,317,173 owned by Alto-Shaam, Inc. and entitled OVEN INCLUDING SMOKING ASSEMBLY IN COMBINATION WITH ONE OR MORE ADDITIONAL FOOD PREPARATION ASSEMBLIES.  Filed October 13, 2010 by Cleveland Range LLC.  The ‘173 patent (along with the ‘668 patent – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Alto-Shaam, Inc. v. The Manitowoc Company et al. (N.D. Tex., Case No. 7:09-cv-00018-O, filed Jan. 27, 2009).

(3)   95/001,466 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,157,668 owned by Alto-Shaam, Inc. and entitled OVEN INCLUDING SMOKING ASSEMBLY IN COMBINATION WITH ONE OR MORE ADDITIONAL FOOD PREPARATION ASSEMBLIES.  Filed October 13, 2010 by Cleveland Range LLC.  The ‘668 patent (along with the ‘173 patent – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled Alto-Shaam, Inc. v. The Manitowoc Company et al. (N.D. Tex., Case No. 7:09-cv-00018-O, filed Jan. 27, 2009).

(4)   95/001,467 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,604,929 owned by Celsis In Vitro, Inc. and entitled CELLULAR COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS FOR THEIR PREPARATION.  Filed October 13, 2010 by CellzDirect, Inc. and Life Technologies Corp.  The ‘929 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Celsis In Vitro, Inc. v. CellzDirect, Inc. et al. (N.D. Ill., Case No. 1:10-cv-04053, filed June 29, 2010).

(5)   95/001,468 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,777,757 owned by Kilopass Technology, Inc. and entitled HIGH DENSITY SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY CELL AND MEMORY ARRAY USING A SINGLE TRANSISTOR.  Filed October 14, 2010 by Sidense Corporation.  The ‘757 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Kilopass Technology, Inc. v. Sidense Corporation (N.D. Cal., Case No. 3:10-cv-02066-SI, filed May 14, 2010).

(6)   95/001,469 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,344,541 owned by Hudson Surgical Design, Inc. and entitled METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR FEMORAL AND TIBIAL RESECTION.  Filed October 15, 2010 by Biomet Orthopedics, LLC and Biomet Mfrg. Corp.  The ‘541 patent is currently the subject of two litigations, styled Hudson Surgical Design, Inc. v. Biomet, Inc. (N.D. Ill., Case No. 1:10-cv-04459, filed July 19, 2010) and Hudson Surgical Design, Inc. v. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. (N.D. Ill., Case No. 1:10-cv-02103, filed Apr. 5, 2010).

(7)   95/001,470 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,492,268 owned by Nintendo of America Inc. and Nintendo Co., Ltd. and entitled HUMAN MOVEMENT MEASUREMENT SYSTEM.  Filed October 15, 2010 by Motiva LLC.

(8)   95/000,575 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(9)   95/000,576 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,279,451 owned by Honeywell International Inc. and entitled COMPOSITIONS CONTAINING FLUORINE SUBSTITUTED OLEFINS.  Filed October 5, 2010.

And the following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)   90/011,278 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,284,217 owned by Battelle Memorial Institute and entitled METHOD AND CATALYST STRUCTURE FOR STEAM REFORMING OF A HYDROCARBON.  Filed October 11, 2010.

(2)   90/011,279 (electronically filed) – Information not currently available.

(3)   90/011,280 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,370,713 owned by AMFAG S.p.A. and entitled PULL-OUT SHOWER HEAD FOR KITCHEN.  Filed October 11, 2010.

(4)   90/011,281 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,405,203 owned by Allergan, Inc. and entitled PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOSITIONS INCLUDING LOW DOSAGES OF DESMOPRESSIN.  Filed October 12, 2010.

(5)   90/011,282 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,956,681 owned by Intellectual Ventures Holding 56 LLC and entitled APPARATUS FOR GENERATING TEXT DATA ON THE BASIS OF SPEECH DATA INPUT FROM TERMINAL.  Filed October 13, 2010 by Nuance Communications, Inc.  The ‘681 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Nuance Communications, Inc. v. Vlingo Corp. (D. Mass., Case No. 1:09-cv-11414-RWZ, filed Aug. 25, 2009).

(6)   90/011,283 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,571,604 owned by the Institut Français du Petrole and entitled METHOD AND DEVICE FOR EVALUATING DURING DRILLING THE CAPACITY OF WELL FLUIDS TO FORM HYDRATES.  Filed October 15, 2010.

(7)   90/011,284 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,547,780 owned by CardioFocus, Inc. and entitled INFRARED LASER CATHETER SYSTEM.  Filed October 15, 2010 by CardioGenesis Corporation.  The ‘780 patent (along with the ‘073 patent – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled CardioFocus, Inc. v. Candela Corporation et al. (D. Mass., Case No. 1:08-cv-10285-NMG, filed Feb. 19, 2008).

(8)   90/011,285 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,843,073 owned by CardioFocus, Inc. and entitled INFRARED LASER CATHETER SYSTEM.  Filed October 15, 2010 by CardioGenesis Corporation.  The ‘073 patent (along with the ‘780 patent – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled CardioFocus, Inc. v. Candela Corporation et al. (D. Mass., Case No. 1:08-cv-10285-NMG, filed Feb. 19, 2008).

(9)   90/011,286 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,114,148 owned by The General Hospital Corporation and entitled HIGH LEVEL EXPRESSION OF PROTEINS.  Filed October 15, 2010 by DNA2.0, Inc.

(10)   90/011,287 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,946,647 owned by Apple Computer, Inc. and entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERFORMING AN ACTION ON A STRUCTURE IN COMPUTER-GENERATED DATA.  Filed October 15, 2010.

(11)   90/009,834 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,806,365 owned by The Boeing Company and entitled LONG ENDURANCE HYDROGEN POWERED VEHICLE.  Filed October 12, 2010.

(12)   90/009,835 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,999,295 owned by Taser International, Inc. and entitled DUAL OPERATING MODE ELECTRONIC DISABLING DEVICE FOR GENERATING A TIME SEQUENCE SHAPED VOLTAGE OUTPUT WAVEFORM.  Filed October 4, 2010.

(13)   90/009,836 (paper filed– U.S. Patent No. 7,219,790 owned by Lanfranchi S.R.L. and entitled STAR-SHAPED CONVEYOR FOR FEEDING OR DISCHARGING EMPTY PLASTICS CONTAINERS OR BOTTLES TO OR FROM A MACHINE AND ORIENTING AND ALIGNING MACHINE HAVING SAID STAR-SHAPED CONVEYOR.  Filed October 12, 2010.

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