Facebook Challenges to Three “Human Relationships” Patents, among Reexamination Requests Filed Week of February 7, 2011

Scott Daniels | February 14, 2011

This being Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t help noticing the requests (see inter partes Request Nos. (1) to (3)) filed last week by Facebook against three patents owned by Mekiki Creates for computer systems for “registering human relationships.”  Facebook and Mekiki are currently in a relationship in an infringement suit in the Northern District of California.  Also look at inter partes Request No. (6) for a gem cutting apparatus patent.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,537 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,496,603 entitled HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS REGISTERING SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REGISTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, PROGRAM FOR REGISTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, AND MEDIUM STORING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS REGISTERING PROGRAM AND READABLE BY COMPUTER and owned by Mekiki Creates.  Filed February 7, 2011, by Facebook, Inc.  The ‘603 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Mekiki Co., Ltd. And Mekiki Creates Co., Ltd v. Facebook, Inc. (No 10-cv-2721-LHK (USDC- No. Dist. Of Cal)).

(2)         95/001,538 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,879,985 entitled HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS REGISTERING SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REGISTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, PROGRAM FOR REGISTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, AND MEDIUM STORING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS REGISTERING PROGRAM AND READABLE BY COMPUTER and owned by Mekiki Creates.  Filed February 7, 2011, by Facebook, Inc.  The ‘985 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Mekiki Co., Ltd. And Mekiki Creates Co., Ltd v. Facebook, Inc. (No 10-cv-2721-LHK (USDC- No. Dist. Of Cal)).

(3)         95/001,539 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,493,342 entitled HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS REGISTERING SYSTEM, METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REGISTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, PROGRAM FOR REGISTERING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS, AND MEDIUM STORING HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS REGISTERING PROGRAM AND READABLE BY COMPUTER and owned by Mekiki Creates.  Filed February 7, 2011 by Facebook, Inc.  The ‘342 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Mekiki Co., Ltd. And Mekiki Creates Co., Ltd v. Facebook, Inc. (No 10-cv-2721-LHK (USDC- No. Dist. Of Cal)).

(4)         95/001,540 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. D622,996 entitled PILLOW-TOP MATTRESS DESIGN and owned by Sealy Technology.  Filed February 8, 2011, by Simmons Bedding Company.  The ‘996 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Sealy v. Simmons (Case No. 1:10-cv-00702 (M.D.N.C.)).

(5)         95/001,541 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,781,228 entitled A MAGNETIC RESONANCE SYSTEM AND METHOD TO DETECT AND CONFIRM ANALYTES and owned by Menon and Associates.  Filed February 8, 2011, by T2 Biosystems

(6)         95/001,542 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,571,060 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR GEMSTONE CUT GRADING and owned by Gemological Institute of America.  Filed, February 9, 2011. 

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,477 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,949,331 entitled DISPLAY ENHANCEMENTS FOR VEHICLE VISION SYSTEM.  Filed February 7, 2011.  

(2)         90/011,478 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,222,447 entitled REARVIEW VISION SYSTEM WITH INDICIA OF BACKUP TRAVEL and owned by Donnelly Corporation.  Filed February 7, 2011.  

(3)         90/011,479 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,963,923 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR TRADING HAVING A PRINCIPAL MARKET MAKER and owned by Technology Research Group.  Filed February 7, 2011.  

(4)         90/011,480 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,139,404 entitled BTE/CIC AUDITORY DEVICE AND MODULAR CONNECTOR SYSTEM THEREFOR and owned by Hear-Wear Technologies.  Filed February 8, 2011, likely by Oticon.   The ‘404 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Hear Wear Techs. V. Oticon (Case No. 07-cv-212-CVE-SAJ (N.D. Okla.)). 

(5)         90/011,481 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,385,135 entitled ELECTRONIC PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTAL SYSTEM AND PERCUSSION DETECTING APPARATUS THEREIN and owned by Roland Corporation.  Filed February 9, 2011.  

(6)         90/011,482 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. Reissue 39,231 entitled COMMUNICATION TERMINAL EQUIPMENT AND CALL INCOMING CONTROL METHOD and owned by MobileMedia Ideas, LLC.  Filed February 10, 2011.  

(7)         90/011,483 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,928,148 entitled INTEGRATED SECURITY AND COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM WITH SECURE COMMUNICATIONS LINK and owned by Honeywell.  Filed February 10, 2011. 

(8)         90/011,484 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,013,284 entitled COMPONENT BASED INTERFACE TO HANDLE TASKS DURING CLAIM PROCESSING and owned by Accenture.  Filed February 10, 2011.  

(9)         90/011,485 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,779,118 entitled USER SPECIFIC AUTOMATIC DATA REDIRECTION SYSTEM and owned by Koichiro Ikudome. Filed February 11, 2011.   The ‘118 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Linksmart Wireless Technology, LLC v. T-Mobile USA, Inc. (No. 08-cv-00264-DF-CE (E.D. Tex.)).

(10)     90/009,874 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,557,871 entitled STROLLER WITH ADJUSTABLE SEAT BACK ARRANAGEMENT and owned by Ben Ming Hsia.  Filed February 3, 2011.

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