Attack on Famous Funai Digital TV Patent, Among Reexamination Requests Filed Week of January 3, 2011

Scott Daniels | January 11, 2011

Funai’s U.S. Patent No. 5,329,369 for digital television picture compression has been the subject of three District Court cases and an ITC investigation.  In October, the PTO Board of Appeals ruled in a reexamination proceeding that claims 1-18 were invalid over the prior art.  Now, a third party has requested reexamination of the remaining ‘369 patent claims 19-29 for a video signal processor (see ex parte Request No. (8)).

Apple requested reexamination of MedioStream’s U.S. Patent No. 7,843,508 (see inter partes Request No. (4)), in response to MedioStream’s infringement action against Apple, Microsoft and others.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

1.  95/001,518 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,037,321 entitled MEDICAL DEVICE WITH SLOTTED MEMORY METAL TUBE and owned by EVM Systems, LLC. Filed January 5, 2011, by.  The ‘321 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled EVM Systems, LLC v. Cordis Corp. et al., (Case No. 6:10-cv-00437 (E.D. Tex.)).

2.  95/001,519 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,788,169 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AGGREGATION OF TRADING ON MULTIPLE ALTERNATIVE TRADING SYSTEMS and owned by ITG, Inc.  Filed January 7, 2011, by Liquidnet.  The ‘169 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled ITG, Inc. et al. v. Liquidnet, Inc., et al. (Case No. 10-cv-6494-DAB-JLC (S.D.N.Y.)).

3.  95/001,520 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,739,188 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING AGGREGATION OF TRADING ON MULTIPLE ALTERNATIVE TRADING SYSTEMS and owned by ITG, Inc.  Filed January 7, 2011, by Liquidnet.  The ‘188 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled ITG, Inc. et al. v. Liquidnet, Inc., et al. (Case No. 10-cv-6494-DAB-JLC (S.D.N.Y.)).

4.  95/001,521 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,843,508 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR DIRECT RECORDING OF VIDEO INFORMATION ONTO A DISK MEDIUM and owned by MedioStream, Inc.  Filed January 7, 2011, by Apple.  The ‘508 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled MedioStream Inc. v. Microsoft et al. (Case No. 2:08-cv-369-CE (E.D. Tex)).

5.  95/000,611 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,663,738 entitled METHOD FOR PREPARATION OF A POLYOLEFIN FOIL AND ITS UTILIZATION and owned by Benecke-Kaliko, AG.  Filed December 17, 2010, perhaps by Haartz Corporation.

The following ex parte requests were filed:

1.  90/001,412 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,825,455 entitled ASPHERIC PLANO EYEWEAR and owned by 3M.  Filed January 3, 2011, by owner.

2.  90/001,413 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,019,469 entitled ASPHERIC PLANO EYEWEAR and owned by 3M.  Filed January 3, 2011, by owner.

3.  90/011,414 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,762,213 entitled SELF-CLEANING LITTER BOX and owned by Lucky Litter LLC.  Filed January 3, 2011.

4.  90/011,415 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,755,574 entitled ENDOSSEOUS DENTAL IMPLANT AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE. Filed January 3, 2011.

5.  90/011,416 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,376,049 entitled SEISMIC SENSOR WITH THERMAL STABILIZATION and owned by Nanometrics, Inc.  Filed January 4, 2011.

6.  90/011,417 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,780,175 entitled MEDICAL INSTRUMENT WITH SLOTTED MEMORY METAL TUBE and owned by EVM Systems, LLC.  Filed January 5, 2011.   The ‘175 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled EVM Systems, LLC v. Cordis Corp. et al., (Case No. 6:10-cv-00437 (E.D. Tex.)).

7.  90/011,418 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,149,511 entitled WIRELESS INTELLIGENT PERSONAL SERVER and owned by Rosetta-Wireless.  Filed January 6, 2011.

8.  90/011,419 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,329,369 entitled ASYMMETRIC PICTURE COMPRESSION and owned by Funai.  Filed January 7, 2011.

9.  90/011,420 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,692,067 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CURRENCY DISCRIMINATION AND COUNTING and owned by Cummins-Allison.  Filed January 7, 2011.

10.  90/011,421 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,712,683 entitled BACKING PLATE FOR ABRASIVE FLAP WHEELS and owned by Jobra Metall GmbH.  Filed January 7, 2011.

11.  90/011,422 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,623,601 entitled APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A SECURE GATEWAY FOR COMMUNICATION AND DATA EXCHANGES BETWEEN NETWORKS and owned by Network Protection Sci., LLC.  Filed January 7, 2001 Fortinet.  The ‘601 patent is the subject of a case styled Network Protection Sci. v. Juniper Networks et al. (Case No. 09-390 (E.D. Tex.)).

12.  90/009,863 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,164,205 entitled SEMICONDUCTOR CARRIER FILM, AND SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICE AND LIQUID CRYSTAL MODULE USING THE SAME and owned by Sharp.  Filed December 20, 2010.

13.  90/009,864 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,973,229 entitled NODE ARCHITECTURE FOR MODULARIZED AND RECONFIGURABLE OPTICAL NETWORKS, AND METHODS AND APPARATUS THEREFOR and owned by Lambda Opticalsystems.  Filed December 23, 2010.

14.  90/009,865 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,825,169 entitled WATER-ABSORBENT COMPOSITIONS, PROCESS FOR PRODUCTION THEREOF, ABSORBENT AND ABSORBING PRODUCT and owned by Nippon Shokubai Co. Ltd.  Filed December 28, 2010.

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