Toshiba Attack on Two Rovi V-Chip Patents among Reexamination Requests filed Week of March 7, 2011

Scott Daniels | March 14, 2011

Late last year, Rovi sued Toshiba, alleging that it infringes two patents covering V-Chip technology, U.S. Patent Nos. 6,305,016 and 6,701,523.  Toshiba has now replied to that allegation by requesting reexamination of both Rovi patents (see ex parte Request Nos. (16) & (17)).

The winner for the most reexaminations requested was TiVo who filed requests against seven Microsoft TV programming patents (see ex parte Request Nos. (3) to (9)).

Finally, Xilinx’s assault on Intellectual Venture patents continued last week with requests filed against IV’s U.S. Patent Nos. 6,993,669 and 6,408,415 (see inter partes Request No. (3) & ex parte Request No. (31)).

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)       95/001,567 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,376,388 entitled BROADCASTING VENUE DATA TO A WIRELESS HAND HELD DEVICE and owned by Front Row Technologies.  Filed March 7, 2011, by MLB Advanced Media.  The ‘388 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Front Row Techs. V. Major League Baseball Properties et al. (Case No. 1:10-cv-433-LFG-RLP (D.N.M.)).

(2)       95/001,568 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,826,877 entitled TRANSMITTING SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DATA TO WIRELESS HAND HELD DEVICES OVER A TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK and owned by Front Row Technologies.  Filed March 7, 2011, by MLB Advanced Media.  The ‘877 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Front Row Techs. V. Major League Baseball Properties et al. (Case No. 1:10-cv-433-LFG-RLP (D.N.M.)).

(3)       95/001,569 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,981,040 entitled AUTOMATIC, PERSONALIZED ONLINE INFORMATION AND PRODUCT SERVICES and owned by Personalized User Model.  Filed March 7, 2011, by Google.  The ‘040 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Personalized User Model v. Google (Case No. 09-cv-525 (D. Del.)).

(4)       95/001,570 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,753,279 entitled CARD PERSONALIZATION SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR THE SAME and owned by Card Tech. Corp. Filed March 8, 2011, by NBS Technologies.  The ‘279 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Card Tech. v. DataCard Corp. et al. (Case No. 05-cv-2546-MJD/SER (D. Minn.)).

(5)       95/001,571 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,993,669 entitled LOW POWER CLOCKING SYSTEMS AND METHODS and owned by Intellectual Ventures.  Filed March 9, 2011, by Xilinx.  The ‘669 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Intellectual Ventures v. Altera et al.  (Case No.  10–cv-1065-LPS (D. Del.)).

(6)       95/001,572 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,824,718 entitled PROCESS OF MAKING A FIBROUS ELECTRET WEB and owned by 3M Innovative Properties Company.  Filed March 10, 2011, by Transweb.

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)       90/011,535 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,100,880 entitled ARM APPARATUS FOR MOUNTING ELECTRONIC DEVICES WITH CABLE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM and owned by Design IP.  Filed March 4, 2011, by owner.

(2)       90/011,536 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,216,567 entitled RATCHETING TOOLS HAVING AN ANGLE-ADJUSTABLE HEAD and owned by Bobby Hu. Filed March 7, 2011.

(3)       90/011,537 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,896,444 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MANAGING COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN A CLIENT AND A SERVER IN A NETWORK and owned by Microsoft. Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘444 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(4)       90/011,538 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,677,708 entitled SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING A LIST ON A DISPLAY SCREEN and owned by Microsoft.  Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘708 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(5)       90/011,539 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,008,803 entitled SYSTEM FOR DISPLAYING PROGRAMMING INFORMATION and owned by Microsoft. Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘803 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(6)       90/011,540 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,654,748 entitled INTERACTIVE PROGRAM IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM and owned by Microsoft.  Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘748 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(7)       90/011,541 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,725,281 entitled SYNCHRONIZATION OF CONTROLLED DEVICE STATE USING STATE TABLE AND EVENTING IN DATA-DRIVEN REMOTE DEVICE CONTROL MODEL and owned by Microsoft. Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘281 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(8)       90/011,542 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,055,314 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SECURE PURCHASE AND DELIVERY OF VIDEO CONTENT PROGRAMS and owned by Microsoft. Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘314 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(9)       90/011,543 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,648,824 entitled VIDEO CONTROL USER INTERFACE FOR CONTROLLING DISPLAY OF A VIDEO and owned by Microsoft. Filed March 7, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘824 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Microsoft v. TiVo, Inc. (Case No. 5:10-cv-240-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(10)    90/011,544 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,392,227 entitled LIQUID FOR PRODUCING MARKER VAPOR, A METHOD OF PRODUCING MARKER VAPOR AND A METHOD OF INSPECTION WITH MARKER VAPOR and owned by Star Envirotech.  Filed March 7, 2011, by Redline Detection.

(11)    90/011,545 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,439,031 entitled METHOD FOR DETECTING LEAKS IN A FLUID SYSTEM and owned by Star Envirotech.  Filed March 7, 2011, by Redline Detection.

(12)    90/011,546 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,903,699 entitled WIRELESS COMMUNICATION DEVICE FOR ELECTRIC METER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF and owned by TransData, Inc.  Filed March 7, 2011.   The ‘699 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TransData v. Centerpoint Energy Houston Electric et al. (Case No. 6:10-cv-557 (E.D. Tex.)).

(13)    90/011,547 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,462,713 entitled ANTENNA FOR ELECTRIC METER AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURING THEREOF and owned by TransData, Inc.  Filed March 7, 2011.   The ‘713 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TransData v. Centerpoint Energy Houston Electric et al. (Case No. 6:10-cv-557 (E.D. Tex.)).

(14)    90/011,548 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,020,929 entitled VIDEO MIX PROGRAM GUIDE and owned by United Video Properties, Inc.  Filed March 7, 2011, by Toshiba.   The ‘929 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Rovi et al. v. Toshiba et al. (Case No. 1:10-cv-931-AMD (D. Del.)).

(15)    90/011,549 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,068,383 entitled PHOSPHOROUS FLUORESCENT LIGHT ASSEMBLY EXCITED BY LIGHT EMITTING DIODES and owned by H.E. Williams, Inc.  Filed March 7, 2011.

(16)    90/011,550 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,701,523 entitled V-CHIP PLUS+IN-GUIDE USER INTERFACE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROGRAMMABLE BLOCKING OF TELEVISION AND OTHER VIEWABLE PROGRAMMING, SUCH AS FOR PARENTAL CONTROL OF A TELEVISION RECEIVER and owned by United Video Properties, Inc.  Filed March 7, 2011, by Toshiba.   The ‘523 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Rovi et al. v. Toshiba et al. (Case No. 1:10-cv-931-AMD (D. Del.)).

(17)    90/011,551 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,305,016 entitled SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR DISPLAYING INFORMATION WITH A PERCEIVED PARTIAL TRANSPARENCY OVER A TELEVISION PROGRAM and owned by United Video Properties, Inc.  Filed March 7, 2011, by Toshiba.   The ‘016 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Rovi et al. v. Toshiba et al. (Case No. 1:10-cv-931-AMD (D. Del.)).

(18)    90/011,552 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,643,446 entitled FUEL FILTER AND PRIMING PUMP and owned by Parker-Hannifan. Filed March 8, 2011.

(19)    90/011,553 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,735,380 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM OF COORDINATION OF MEASUREMENT SUBSYSTEMS OF A FLOW METER and owned by Daniel Measurement and Control. Filed March 8, 2011.

(20)    90/011,554 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,606,621 entitled HYBRID BEHIND-THE-EAR AND COMPLETELY-IN-CANAL HEARING AID and owned by Hear Wear.  Filed March 8, 2011, likely by Oticon.   The ‘621 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Hear Wear Tech. v. Oticon, (Case No. 07-cv-212-CVE-SAJ (N.D. Cal.)).

(21)    90/011,555 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,722,637 entitled FENCE POST ACCESSORY APPARATUS and owned by LMT-Mercer Group.  Filed March 9, 2011, by Universal Forest Prods.   The ‘637 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled LMT Mercer Group v. Maine Ornamental et al. (Case No. 3:10-cv-4615-FLW-DEA (D.N.J.)).

(22)    90/011,556 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,654,843 entitled CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY WITH INTERNAL SEALS AND MANUFACTURING METHOD and owned by Medtronic.  Filed March 9, 2011.

(23)    90/011,557 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,934,858 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK IN PROVIDING AUTHENTICATION OR AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE TRANSACTIONS and owned by Authentify, Inc.  Filed March 9, 2011

(24)    90/011,558 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,383,572 entitled USE OF PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK FOR AUTHENTICATION AND AUTHORIZATION IN ON-LINE TRANSACTIONS and owned by Authentify, Inc.  Filed March 9, 2011.

(25)    90/011,559 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,461,258 entitled USE OF PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK FOR CAPTURING ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES IN ON-LINE TRANSACTIONS and owned by Authentify, Inc.  Filed March 9, 2011.

(26)    90/011,560 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,574,733 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD OF USING THE PUBLIC SWITCHED TELEPHONE NETWORK IN PROVIDING AUTHENTICATION OR AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLINE TRANSACTION and owned by Authentify, Inc.  Filed March 9, 2011.

(27)    90/011,561 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,065,880 entitled LASER ENHANCED PERSONAL DATA ASSISTANT and owned by Intellectual Asset Group.  Filed March 10, 2011, by owner.

(28)    90/011,563 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,040,033 entitled FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL, BAG UTILIZING FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL AND METHOD OF MANUFACTUR THEREOF and owned by Illinois Tool Works. Filed March 11, 2011 by owner.

(29)    90/011,564 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,321,423 entitled FASTENER ASSEMBLY, FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL, BAG UTILIZING FASTENER TAPE MATERIAL, AND METHOD OF MANUFACTURE THEREOF and owned by Illinois Tool Works.  Filed March 11, 2011 by owner.

(30)    90/011,565 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,408,415 entitled TEST MODE SETUP CIRCUIT FOR MICROCONTROLLER UNIT and owned by Intellectual Ventures II.  Filed March 11, 2011.   The ‘415 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Xilinx v. Invention Investment Fund at al.  (Case No. 4:11-cv-671-LHK (N.D. Cal.)).

(31)    90/011,566 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,200,613 entitled FOOD CASING and owned by World Pack Int’l.  Filed March 11, 2011, by owner.

(32)    90/009,883 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,280,838 entitled PAGING TRANSCEIVERS AND METHODS FOR SELECTIVELY RETRIEVING MESSAGES and owned by Helferich Patent Licensing.  Filed February 25, 2011, by.   The ‘patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled

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