Apple Files Nine Reexamination Requests

Scott Daniels | November 23, 2010

Apple has been especially active lately in defending against charges of patent infringement by filing requests for reexamination.  In response to two separate infringement suits in Texas, it filed requests against two Mirror Works patents and three Affinity Labs patents, and for an ITC investigation, it filed requests against four S3 Graphics patents (See Inter partes Request Nos. (1) to (3) & (6) to (7), and Ex parte Request Nos. (16) to (19)). 

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,487 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,751,327 entitled ATHLETIC MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by Affinity Labs. of Texas  Filed November 15, 2010, by Apple.  The ‘327 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Affinity Labs. v. Nike et al. (E.D. Tex., Case 2:10-cv-54-DF-CE).

(2)         95/001,488 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,062,225 entitled PEDOMETER SYSTEM AMD METHOD USE and owned by Affinity Labs. of Texas.  Filed November 15, 2010, by Apple.  The ‘225 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Affinity Labs. v. Nike et al. (E.D. Tex., Case 2:10-cv-54-DF-CE).

(3)         95/001,489 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,251,454 entitled ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE MONITORING SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by Affinity Labs. of Texas.   Filed November 15, 2010, by Apple.  The ‘454 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Affinity Labs. v. Nike et al. (E.D. Tex., Case 2:10-cv-54-DF-CE).

(4)         95/001,490 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,708,773 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AN AERATOR WITH DIFFERENTIAL, STEERING ASSIST AND POWER LIFTING and owned by Turfco Mfg.  Filed November 16, 2010 by Lawn Solutions Commercial Products.  The ‘773 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Turfco v. Lawn Solutions (D. Minn., Case No. 0:10cv01249 JRT-AJB).

(5)         95/001,491 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,269,034 entitled HIGH EFFICIENCY POWER CONVERTER and owned by SynQor, Inc.  Filed November 16, 2010, by Lineage Power Corp.  The ‘034 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled SynQor, Inc. v. Artesyn Techs., Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 2:07-cv-497). 

(6)         95/000,584 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,043,087 entitled IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEM and owned by S3 Graphics, Ltd.  Filed November 5, 2010 by Apple.   The ‘087 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled S3 Graphics, Ltd. v. Apple, (US ITC, 337-TA-724).

(7)         95/000,585 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,775,417 entitled FIXED-RATE BLOCK BASED IMAGE COMPRESSION WITH INFERRED PIXEL VALUES and owned by S3 Graphics, Ltd.  Filed November 5, 2010 by Apple.  The ‘417 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled S3 Graphics, Ltd. v. Apple, (US ITC, 337-TA-724).

And the following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,332 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,803,101 entitled PORTABLE DRAIN CLEANING APPARATUS and owned by Diversitech Corporation.  Filed November 15, 2010.

(2)         90/011,333 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,640,048 owned by DexCom and entitled ANALYTE SENSOR.  Filed November 15, 2010.

(3)         90/011,334 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,333,937 owned by Transunion Intelligence and entitled HEALTH CARE FINANCING METHOD.  Filed November 15, 2010.  The ‘937 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Transunion Intelligence et al. v. Search America, Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 2:10-130-TJW).

(4)         90/011,335 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,240,290 owned by Vellata, LLC and entitled TELEPHONE CALL INITIATION THROUGH AN ON-LINE SEARCH.  Filed November 16, 2010, by Art Technology Group, Inc.

(5)         90/011,936 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,496,858 owned by Vellata, LLC and entitled TELEPHONE CALL INITIATION THROUGH AN ON-LINE SEARCH.  Filed November 16, 2010 by Art Technology Group, Inc.

(6)         90/011,337 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,511,043 owned by Amgen and entitled FXR MODULATIONS.  Filed November 16, 2010.

(7)         90/011,338 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent Reissue No. 41,675 owned by Amerigon and entitled VARIABLE TEMPERATURE SEAT.  Filed November 17, 2010.

(8)         90/011,339 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,114,635 owned by TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. and entitled CHIP-SCALE ELECTRONIC COMPONENT PACKAGE.  Filed November 17, 2010.  The ‘635 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. v. Avago Tech. LTD, et al., (D. Ariz., Case No. 2:09-cv-01531). 

(9)         90/011,340 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,903,803 owned by Canon and entitled PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION PART, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM.  Filed November 18, 2010.  The ‘803 patent is currently the subject of two law suits styled Canon, Inc. v. Ninestar Image Int’l Ltd., (S.D.N.Y., Case No. 1:10-cv-04999-RWS) and Certain Toner Cartridges and Components Thereof, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-731.

(10)     90/011,341 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,128,454 owned by Canon and entitled PROCESS CARTRIDGE, ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS, DRIVING FORCE TRANSMISSION PART, AND ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHIC PHOTOSENSITIVE DRUM.  Filed November 18, 2010.  The ‘454 patent is currently the subject of two law suits styled Canon, Inc. v. Ninestar Image Int’l Ltd., (S.D.N.Y., Case No. 1:10-cv-04999-RWS) and Certain Toner Cartridges and Components Thereof, ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-731.

(11)     90/011,342 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,555,431 owned by Phoenix Solutions, Inc. and entitled METHOD FOR PROCESSING SPEECH USING DYNAMIC GRAMMARS.  Filed November 18, 2010.

(12)     90/011,343 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,320,691 owned by Pacific Bioscience Laboratories and entitled APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ACOUSTIC/MECHANICAL TREATMENT OF EARLY STAGE ACNE.  Filed November 19, 2010.

(13)     90/011,344 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,296,579 owned by The Stracka Design Company and entitled PUTTING IMPROVEMENT DEVICE AND METHOD.  Filed November 19, 2010.

(14)     90/011,345 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,711,402 owned by DexCom and entitled DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ANALYTE LEVELS.  Filed November 19, 2010 by Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.

(15)     90/011,346 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,103,033 owned by Recap Holdings and entitled PROCESS FOR PRODUCING AN ELECTROCHEMICAL BIOSENSOR.  Filed November 19, 2010.

(16)     90/011,347 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,725,427 owned by Mirror Works and entitled DOCUMENT STREAM OPERATING SYSTEM WITH DOCUMENT ORGANIZING AND DISPLAY FACILITIES.  Filed November 19, 2010 by Apple.  The ‘427 patent is currently the subject of a law suit styled Mirror Works v. Apple, (E.D. Tex., Case 6:08-cv-88). 

(17)     90/011,348 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,638,313 owned by Mirror Works and entitled DOCUMENT STREAM OPERATING SYSTEM.  Filed November 1, 2010 by Apple.  The ‘313 patent is currently the subject of a law suit styled Mirror Works v. Apple, (E.D. Tex., Case 6:08-cv-88). 

(18)     90/009,846 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,683,978 owned by S3 Graphics, Ltd. v. Ltd. and entitled FIXED-RATE BLOCK-BASED IMAGE COMPRESSION WITH INFERRED PIXEL VALUES.  Filed November 5, 2010 by Apple.  The ‘978 patent is currently the subject of a law suit styled S3 Graphics, Ltd. v. Apple, (US ITC, 337-TA-724). 

(19)     90/009,847 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,658,146 owned by S3 Graphics, Ltd. v. Ltd. and entitled FIXED-RATE BLOCK-BASED IMAGE COMPRESSION WITH INFERRED PIXEL VALUES.  Filed November 5, 2010 by Apple.  The ‘146 patent is currently the subject of a law suit styled S3 Graphics, Ltd. v. Apple, (US ITC, 337-TA-724).

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