Samsung Attack on Antenna Patents among Reexamination Requests Filed Week of September 27th

Scott Daniels | October 6, 2010

Samsung filed reexamination requests (Inter partes Nos. 4, 10 and 11) last week against three Fractus patents for antennas.  Fractus had sued Samsung and quite a number of other wireless companies, including LG, Research in Motion, Kyocera, HTC, Sharp and Sanyo, for infringement of those patents.

Also of interest is a request (Inter partes No. 1) filed by CEJN AB against Westendorf Mfg.’s U.S. Patent No. 7,717,471 for a hydraulic line device.  The two companies are already in a reexamination of Westendorf’s U.S. Patent No. 7,021,668 – the examiner’s rejection of the claims of the ‘668 is now before the PTO Board of Appeals.

Finally, Encore filed a request (Inter partes No. 12) against a Southwire patent for electrical cables.  Southwire is noted among ITC practitioners for having filed in the late 1970’s the first major Section 337 complaint.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)   95/001,446 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,717,471 owned by Westendorf Manufacturing Co., Inc. and entitled HYDRAULIC LINE ATTACHMENT DEVICE AND METHOD.  Filed September 17, 2010 by CEJN, AB.

(2)   95/001,453 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,601,662 owned by BASF Catalysts LLC and entitled COPPER CHA ZEOLITE CATALYSTS.  Filed September 28, 2010.

(3)   95/001,454 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,113,474 owned by Optical Memory Storage LLC and entitled INCREASED DATA STORAGE IN OPTICAL DATA STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL SYSTEMS USING BLUE LASERS AND/OR PLASMON LENSES.  Filed September 28, 2010 by MicroStrategy Incorporated.

(4)   95/001,455 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,528,782 owned by Fractus, S.A. and entitled MULTILEVEL ANTENNAE.  Filed September 30, 2010 by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.  The ‘782 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Fractus, S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 6:09-cv-00203-LED-JDL, filed May 5, 2009).

(5)   95/001,456 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,238,380 owned by Suzanne Jaffe Stillman and entitled WATER CONTAINING SOLUBLE FIBER.  Filed September 30, 2010 by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

(6)   95/001,457 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,248,390 owned by Suzanne Jaffe Stillman and entitled FIBER-WATER–WATER CONTAINING SOLUBLE FIBER.  Filed September 30, 2010 by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

(7)   95/001,458 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,617,501 owned by Quest Software, Inc. and entitled APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR MANAGING POLICIES ON A COMPUTER HAVING A FOREIGN OPERATING SYSTEM.  Filed September 30, 2010 by Centrify Corporation.  The ‘501 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Quest Software v. Centrify Corporation et al. (D. Utah, Case No. 2:10-cv-00859-TS, filed Aug. 27, 2010).

(8)   95/001,459 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,331,226 owned by IA Labs, CA. LLC and entitled FORCE MEASUREMENT SYSTEM FOR AN ISOMETRIC EXERCISE DEVICE.  Filed October 1, 2010 by Nintendo of America Inc. & Nintendo Co., Ltd.  The ‘226 patent (along with the ‘982 patent – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled IA Labs CA, LLC v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al. (D. Md., Case No. 8:10-cv-00833-PJM, filed Apr. 2, 2010).

(9)   95/001,460 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,121,982 owned by IA Labs, CA. LLC and entitled COMPUTER INTERACTIVE ISOMETRIC EXERCISE SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR OPERATIVELY INTERCONNECTING THE EXERCISE SYSTEM TO A COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR USE AS A PERIPHERAL.  Filed October 1, 2010 by Nintendo of America Inc. & Nintendo Co., Ltd.  The ‘982 patent (along with the ‘226 patent – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled IA Labs CA, LLC v. Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al. (D. Md., Case No. 8:10-cv-00833-PJM, filed Apr. 2, 2010).

(10)   95/001,461 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,312,762 owned by Fractus, S.A. and entitled LOADED ANTENNA.  Filed October 1, 2010 by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.  The ‘762 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Fractus, S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 6:09-cv-00203-LED-JDL, filed May 5, 2009).

(11)   95/001,462 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,411,556 owned by Fractus, S.A. and entitled MULTI-BAND MONOPOLE ANTENNA FOR A MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS DEVICE.  Filed October 1, 2010 by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.  The ‘556 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Fractus, S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 6:09-cv-00203-LED-JDL, filed May 5, 2009).

(12)   95/000,573 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,749,024 owned by Southwire Company and entitled METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THHN ELECTRICAL CABLE, AND RESULTING PRODUCT, WITH REDUCED REQUIRED INSTALLATION PULLING FORCE.  Filed September 23, 2010 by Encore Wire Corporation.  The ‘024 patent is currently the subject of two litigations, styled: Southwire Company v. Encore Wire Corporation et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 6:10-cv-00330-LED, filed July 6, 2010) and Cerro Wire Inc. v. Southwire Company (N.D. Ga., Case No. 3:10-cv-00087-JTC, filed July 6, 2010).

And the following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)   90/011,248 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,613,022 owned by Safety Syringes, Inc. and entitled PASSIVE NEEDLE GUARD FOR SYRINGES.  Filed September 21, 2010.

(2)   90/011,249 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,300,420 owned by Safety Syringes, Inc. and entitled PASSIVE NEEDLE GUARD FOR SYRINGES.  Filed September 21, 2010.

(3)   90/011,258 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,762,838 owned by ProtectConnect and entitled SAFETY MODULE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM.  Filed September 28, 2010.

(4)   90/011,259 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,635,201 owned by Molnlycke Health Care AB and entitled METHOD AND AN ARRANGEMENT FOR MANUFACTURING WOUND DRESSINGS, AND A WOUND DRESSING MANUFACTURED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE METHOD.  Filed September 30, 2010.

(5)   90/011,260 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,321,520 owned by Automated Medical Access Corporation and entitled AUTOMATED HIGH DEFINITION/RESOLUTION IMAGE STORAGE, RETRIEVAL AND TRANSMISSION SYSTEM.  Filed September 30, 2010.

(6)   90/009,825 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,797,958 owned by Glacier Bay, Inc. and entitled HVAC SYSTEM CONTROLLED BY A BATTERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.  Filed September 21, 2010.

(7)   90/009,826 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,607,635 owned by Sloan Valve Company and entitled FLUSH VALVE HANDLE ASSEMBLY PROVIDING DUAL MODE OPERATION.  Filed September 17, 2010.

(8)   90/009,827 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,709,713 having Fred L. Pearce as its named inventor and entitled MOUNTING PLATE AND VIBRATO ASSEMBLY FOR VIBRATO SYSTEM ON A GUITAR.  Filed August 30, 2010.

(9)   90/009,828 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(10)   90/009,830 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,116,128 owned by Renesas Electronics Corporation and entitled SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH BUS TERMINATING FUNCTION.  Filed September 24, 2010.

(11)   90/009,831 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,908,316 owned by Hon Hai Precision Ind. Co., Ltd. and entitled ELECTRICAL CONNECTOR WITH ACCURATE MEASURING BENCHMARKS.  Filed September 24, 2010.

(12)   90/009,832 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,106,092 owned by Renesas Electronics Corporation and entitled SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE WITH BUS TERMINATING FUNCTION.  Filed September 30, 2010.

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