Reexamination Requests by Whirlpool against Two LG Refrigerator Patents among those Filed the Week of November 1st

Scott Daniels | November 9, 2010

The most commercially significant requests filed last week are likely the ones filed by Whirlpool against two LG refrigerator patents (Inter partes Nos. (4) & (5) below).  LG sued Whirlpool for infringement of those patents a little more than a year ago.  In early 2008, Whirlpool filed an ITC complaint against LG for several patents covering refrigerators (Inv. No. 337-TA-632), and in February of this year, the Commission issued its final determination finding no violation of Section 337.

Also of interest is a request filed by DexCom against an analyte sensor patent owned by TheraSense (Ex parte No. (9)).

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)   95/001,477 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,588,048 having Ying-Che Huang as its first named inventor and entitled AIR PUMP NOZZLE.  Filed November 2, 2010 by Jiun-Wei Chang.

(2)   95/001,478 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,062,514 owned by Elbert Harris Living Trust and entitled CONSTRUCTION PROJECT SUBMITTAL MANAGEMENT.  Filed November 2, 2010.

(3)   95/001,479 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,316,614 having Michael J. Dietz as its first named inventor and entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONDUCTING A SWEEPSTAKES.  Filed November 2, 2010 by VS2 Worldwide Communications, Inc.  The ‘614 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Houchin v. VS2 Worldwide Communications, LLC et al. (M.D.N.C., Case No. 1:08-cv-00368-WO-PTS, filed June 3, 2008).

(4)   95/001,480 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,484,382 owned by LG Electronics Inc. and entitled REFRIGERATOR.  Filed November 3, 2010 by Whirlpool Corporation.  The ‘382 patent (along with the ‘475 patent – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. et al. v. Whirlpool Corporation et al. (D.N.J., Case No. 2:09-cv-05142-GEB-ES, filed Oct. 7, 2009).

(5)   95/001,481 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,490,475 owned by LG Electronics Inc. and entitled REFRIGERATOR.  Filed November 3, 2010 by Whirlpool Corporation.  The ‘475 patent (along with the ‘382 patent – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled LG Electronics U.S.A., Inc. et al. v. Whirlpool Corporation et al. (D.N.J., Case No. 2:09-cv-05142-GEB-ES, filed Oct. 7, 2009).

(6)   95/000,581 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,695,312 owned by Ford Global Technologies, LLC and entitled CORD WRAP AND POWER PLUG RECEPTACLE ARRANGEMENT FOR INFLATOR.  Filed October 27, 2010 by TEK S.r.l.

(7)   95/000,582 (paper filed) – Information not currently available.

(8)   95/000,583 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,825,422 owned by FormFactor, Inc. and entitled INTERCONNECTION ELEMENT WITH CONTACT BLADE.  Filed November 1, 2010.  The ‘422 patent (along with the ‘315 patent – see below) is currently the subject of a litigation styled FormFactor, Inc. v. Micro-Probe Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal., Case No. 4:10-cv-03095-PJH, filed July 14, 2010).

And the following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)   90/011,309 (electronically filed) – Information not currently available.

(2)   90/011,310 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,568,964 owned by Ganz and entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TOY ADOPTION AND MARKETING.  Filed November 1, 2010.

(3)   90/011,311 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,915,131 owned by Apple Inc. and entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR HANDLING I/O REQUESTS UTILIZING SEPARATE PROGRAMMING INTERFACES TO ACCESS SEPARATE I/O SERVICES.  Filed November 1, 2010.

(4)   90/011,312 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,026,728 owned by Siemens Aktiengesellschaft and entitled METHOD OF IMPROVING AIRLINE LUGGAGE INSPECTION.  Filed November 2, 2010.  The ‘728 patent is currently the subject of two litigations, styled Travel Sentry, Inc. v. Tropp (E.D.N.Y., Case No. 1:06-cv-06415-ENV-RLM, filed Dec. 4, 2006) and Tropp v. Conair Corporation et al. (E.D.N.Y., Case No. 1:08-cv-04446-ENV-RLM, filed Nov. 3, 2008).

(5)   90/011,313 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,685,852 owned by General Electric Company and entitled PHOSPHOR BLENDS FOR GENERATING WHITE LIGHT FROM NEAR-UV/BLUE LIGHT-EMITTING DEVICES.  Filed November 2, 2010.

(6)   90/011,314 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,841,099 owned by Electro Scientific Industries, Inc. and entitled METHOD EMPLOYING UV LASER PULSES OF VARIED ENERGY DENSITY TO FORM DEPTHWISE SELF-LIMITING BLIND VIAS IN MULTILAYERED TARGETS.  Filed November 3, 2010.

(7)   90/011,315 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,792,753 owned by Jagotec, AG and entitled COMPOSITIONS COMPRISING HYALURONIC ACID AND PROSTAGLANDIN-SYNTHESIS-INHIBITING DRUGS.  Filed November 3, 2010.  The ‘753 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Nycomed US Inc. et al. v. Tolmar, Inc. (D.N.J., Case No. 2:10-cv-02635-KSH-PS, filed May 21, 2010).

(8)   90/011,316 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,855,343 owned by GlobalMedia Group, LLC and entitled CAMERA CLIP.  Filed November 4, 2010.

(9)   90/011,317 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,484,046 owned by TheraSense, Inc. and entitled ELECTROCHEMICAL ANALYTE SENSOR.  Filed November 5, 2010 by DexCom, Inc.

(10)   90/009,842 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,988,538 owned by Hussmann Corporation and entitled MICROCHANNEL CONDENSER ASSEMBLY.  Filed October 27, 2010.

(11)   90/009,843 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,441,315 owned by FormFactor, Inc. and entitled CONTACT STRUCTURES WITH BLADES HAVING A WIPING MOTION.  Filed November 1, 2010.  The ‘315 patent (along with the ‘422 patent – see above) is currently the subject of a litigation styled FormFactor, Inc. v. Micro-Probe Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal., Case No. 4:10-cv-03095-PJH, filed July 14, 2010).

(12)   90/009,844 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,655,640 owned by Mike’s Train House, Inc. and entitled CONTROL, SOUND, AND OPERATING SYSTEM FOR MODEL TRAINS.  Filed November 4, 2010.  The ‘640 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Mike’s Train House, Inc. v. Broadway Limited Imports, LLC et al. (D. Md., Case No. 1:09-cv-02657-WDQ, filed Oct. 13, 2009).

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