Sony Attack on L-3 Communications Patents Among Reexamination Requests Filed Week Of December 27, 2010

Scott Daniels | January 5, 2011

The most commercially significant reexamination requests last week may be Sony’s filings against two L-3 Communications patents, following that company’s suit against Sony for infringement (see ex parte Request Nos. (6) & (7)).   But standing out among last week’s new requests, at least in the size department, was a 697-page block-buster proposing 25 substantial new questions of patentability, filed by CME Group against a Realtime Data patent claiming data compression systems (see inter partes Request No. (1)).  Finally, information became available from the PTO about yet another reexamination request against a Fractus patent, this time filed by HTC.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,517 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,714,747 entitled DATA COMPRESSION SYSTEMS AND METHODS and owned by Realtime Data.  Filed December 30, 2010, by CME Group.  The ‘747 patent is currently the subject of litigations styled Realtime Data v. CME Group (Case No. 6:09-cv-327), Realtime Data v. Thomson Reuters (Case No. 6:09-cv-333), & Realtime Data v. Morgan Stanley (Case No. 6:09-cv-326).

(2)         95/000,610 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,202,822 entitled SPACE-FILLING MINIATURE ANTENNAS and owned by Fractus.  Filed December 16, 2010, by HTC.  The ‘822 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Fractus S.A. v. Samsung Electronics Co. et al. (E.D. Tex., Case No. 8:09-cv-002031-LED-JDL, filed May 5, 2009).

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,405 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,412,730 entitled ENCRYPTED DATA TRANSMISSION SYSTEM EMPLOYING MEANS FOR RANDOMLY ALTERING ENCRYPTION KEYS and owned by TQP Development.  Filed December 27, 2010, by TDE Ameritrade.   The ‘730 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TQP v. Merrill Lynch et al. (Case No. 2:08-cv-471 (E.D. Tex.)). 

(2)         90/011,406 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,448,102 entitled METHOD FOR NITRIDE BASED LASER DIODE WITH GROWTH SUBSTRATE REMOVED and owned by Bluestone Innovations.  Filed December 28, 2010.  

(3)         90/011,407 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,251,209 entitled FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL BAG UTILIZING FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF and owned by Illinois Tool Works.  Filed December 30, 2010, by the owner.  

(4)         90/011,408 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,152,601 entitled FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL BAG UTILIZING FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF and owned by Illinois Tool Works.  Filed, December 30, 2010 by the owner.

(5)         90/011,409 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,269,995 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS OF VIBRATION ISOLATION, IN PARTICULAR FOR ELECTRON BEAM METROLOGY TOOLS and owned by Integrated Dynamics Engineering, GmbH.   Filed December 30, 2010.  

(6)         90/011,410 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,541,654 entitled FOCAL PLANE ARRAY IMAGING DEVICE WITH RANDOM ACCESS ARCHITECTURE and owned by L-3 Communications Corp. Filed December 30, 2010, by Sony.   The ‘654 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled L-3 Communications Corp. v. Sony (Case No. 10-374 (D. Del.)).

(7)         90/011,411 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,452,004 entitled FOCAL PLANE ARRAY IMAGING DEVICE WITH RANDOM ACCESS ARCHITECTURE and owned by L-3 Communications Corp. Filed December 30, 2010, by Sony.   The ‘004 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled L-3 Communications Corp. v. Sony (Case No. 10-374 (D.Del.)).

(8)         90/009,861 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,260,682 entitled POWER TAKE-OFF UNIT HAVING TWO-PIECE OUTPUT GEAR ASSEMBLY and owned by Parker Intangibles. Filed December 16, 2010, by owner.  

(9)         90/009,862 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,509,795 entitled SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PLASMA PROPULSION and owned by Lockheed-Martin.  Filed December 20, 2010, by owner.

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