Whirlpool Challenge to Three LG Refrigerator Patents among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of February 28, 2011

Scott Daniels | March 7, 2011

Last year LG Electronics sued Whirlpool for selling refrigerators that infringe a series of LG patents.  Whirlpool has now replied by requesting reexamination of those patents (see inter partes Request Nos. (4), (5) & (6)).  Whirlpool has previously requested reexamination of at least four other LG refrigerator patents.  LG and Whirlpool have been in series patent infringement fights, including an ITC investigation.

There were also reexaminations requested by Google against two of the Oracle America patents in the JAVA infringement suit between the companies (see inter partes Request No. (3) and ex parte Request No. (9)).  A request was filed against another of the Intellectual Ventures patents from its case against Altera and other companies, probably by Xilinx, though the identity of the requester does appear in PAIR (see ex parte Request No. (22)).  Finally, a request was filed regarding one of the Ronald Katz telephone patents (see ex parte Request No. (3)).

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,558 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,230,345 entitled METHOD FOR EXERCISING A STAND-BY ELECTRICAL GENERATOR and owned by Generac Power Systems.  Filed February 28, 2011, by Kohler.  The ‘345 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Generac v. Kohler (Case No. 2:10-cv-946-RTR (E.D. Wis.)). 

(2)         95/001,559 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. Reissue 41,859 entitled INFUSION OF COMBUSTION GASES INTO BALLAST WATER PREFERABLY UNDER LESS THAN ATMOSPHERIC PRESSURE TO SYNERGISTICALLY KILL HARMFUL AQUATIC NUISANCE SPECIES BY SIMULTANEOUS HYPERCAPNIA, HYPOXIA, AND ACIDIC PH LEVEL and owned by MH Systems.  Filed March 1, 2011, by Coldharbour Marine

(3)         95/001,560 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,426,720 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMIC PRELOADING OF CLASSES THROUGH MEMORY SPACE CLONING OF A MASTER RUNTIME PROCESS and owned by Oracle America.  Filed March 1, 2011, by Google.  The ‘720 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Oracle America v. Google (Case No. 3:10-cv-3561-WHA (N.D. Cal.)).

(4)         95/001,561 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,762,098 entitled REFRIGERATOR and owned by LG Electronics.  Filed March 3, 2011, by Whirlpool.  The ‘098 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled LG Electronics et al. v. Whirlpool et al. (Case No.  10–cv-311-GMS (D. Del.)).

(5)         95/001,562 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,520,139 entitled REFRIGERATOR and owned by LG Electronics.  Filed March 3, 2011, by Whirlpool. The ‘139 patent is the subject of a litigation styled LG Electronics et al. v. Whirlpool et al. (Case No.  10–cv-311-GMS (D. Del.)).

(6)         95/001,563 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,430,873 entitled REFRIGERATOR and owned by LG Electronics.  Filed March 3, 2011, by Whirlpool.  The ‘873 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled LG Electronics et al. v. Whirlpool et al. (Case No.  10–cv-311-GMS (D. Del.)).

(7)         95/001,564 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,376,388 entitled PROVIDING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FOR A VENUE ACTIVITY THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC HAND HELD DEVICE and owned by Front Row Technologies.  Filed March 4, 2011.  The ‘388 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Front Row Technologies v. MLB Properties (Case No. 1:10-cv-433 (D.N.M.)).

(8)         95/001,565 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,149,549 entitled PROVIDING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FOR A VENUE ACTIVITY THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC HAND HELD DEVICE and owned by Front Row Technologies.  Filed March 4, 2011.  The ‘patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Front Row Technologies v. MLB Properties (Case No. 1:10-cv-433 (D.N.M.)).

(9)         95/001,566 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,620,426 entitled PROVIDING MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES FOR A VENUE ACTIVITY THROUGH AN ELECTRONIC HAND HELD DEVICE and owned by Front Row Technologies.  Filed March 4, 2011.  The ‘426 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Front Row Technologies v. MLB Properties (Case No. 1:10-cv-433 (D.N.M.)).

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,513 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,389,718 entitled BALLISTIC BLANKET and owned by Gerald Carter.  Filed February 28, 2011.   

(2)         90/011,514 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,390,193 entitled DOWNHOLE CONNECTOR FOR PRODUCTION TUBING AND CONTROL LINE AND METHOD and owned by Baker Hughes.  Filed February 28, 2011, by owner.  

(3)         90/011,515 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,684,863 entitled TELEPHONIC-INTERFACE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM and owned by Ronald Katz Tech. Licensing.  Filed February 28, 2011.   The ‘863 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Ronald Katz Tech. Licensing, LLP v. Ameren Corp., et al. (Case No. 07-cv-4955-RGK & MLD (C.D. Cal.)). 

(4)         90/011,516 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,432,542 entitled TELEVISION RECEIVER LOCATION IDENTIFICATION and owned by Ambato Media.  Filed February 28, 2011, by Garmin.  

(5)         90/001,517 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,854,506 entitled CURVED LENSES CONFIGURED TO DECODE THREE-DIMENSIONAL CONTENT ON TELEVISON AND COMPUTER SCREENS owned by Marchon Eyewear.  Filed March 1, 2011.  

(6)         90/011,518 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,702,965 entitled METHOD AND DEVICE FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE OPERATIONAL PERFORMANCE OF A COMPUTER SYSTEM OR PROCESSOR SYSTEM.  Filed March 1, 2011.  

(7)         90/011,519 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,947,456 entitled OPEN-LOOP LASER DRIVER HAVING AN INTEGRATED DIGITAL CONTROLLER and owned by Avago Technologies Fiber.  Filed March 1, 2011.   The ‘456 patent is the subject of a litigation styled Avago v. IPtronics et al. (Case No. 3:10-cv-2863 (N.D. Cal.)).

(8)         90/011,520 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,359,447 entitled OPTICAL COMMUNICATION WITH VERTICAL-CAVITY SURFACE-EMITTING LASER OPERATING IN MULTIPLE TRANSVERSE MODES and owned by Avago Technologies Fiber.  Filed March 1, 2011.  The ‘447 patent is the subject of a litigation styled Avago v. IPtronics et al.  (Case No. 3:10-cv-2863 (N.D. Cal.)).

(9)         90/011,521 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,192,476 entitled CONTROLLING ACCESS TO A RESOURCE and owned by Oracle America.  Filed March 1, 2011, by Google.   The ‘476 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Oracle America v. Google (Case No. 3:10-cv-3561-WHA (N.D. Cal.)).

(10)     90/011,522 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,171,277 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DELIVERY OF MEDICATION TO A PATIENT and owned by Carefusion 303.  Filed March 1, 2011.  

(11)     90/011,523 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,483,756 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE DELIVERY OF MEDICATION TO A PATIENT and owned by Carefusion 303.  Filed March 1, 2011.  

(12)     90/011,524 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,906,042 entitled MICELLES and owned by Eisai R&D Management.  Filed March 2, 2011, by owner.  

(13)     90/011,525 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,393,170 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING SHEET FLOW WATER RIDES and owned by Rick Briggs.  Filed March 2, 2011.   The ‘170 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Wave Loch, Inc. v. American Wave Machines, Inc. (Case No. 08-cv-928 (S.D. Cal.)). 

(14)     90/011,526 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,564,859 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR IMPROVING SHEET FLOW WATER RIDES and owned by Rick Briggs.  Filed March 2, 2011.   The ‘859 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Wave Loch, Inc. v. American Wave Machines, Inc. (Case No. 08-cv-928 (S.D. Cal.)).

(15)     90/011,527 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,430,395 entitled WIRELESS PRIVATE BRANCH EXCHANGE (WPBX) AND COMMUNICATING BETWEEN MOBILE UNITS AND BASE STATIONS and owned by Commil.  Filed March 2, 2011, probably by Cisco.   The ‘395 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Commil USA v. Cisco Systems (Case No. 2:07-cv-341 (E.D. Tex.)).

(16)     90/011,528 (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 Index Systems et al.  Filed March 3, 2011, likely 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 (D. Del)).

(17)     90/011,529 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. Reissue 36,769 entitled CARD TYPE INPUT/OUTPUT INTERFACE DEVICE AND ELECTRONIC DEVICE USING THE SAME and owned by Fujitsu.  Filed March 3, 2011.  

(18)     90/011,530 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,058,204 entitled MULTIPLE CAMERA CONTROL SYSTEM and owned by Gesturetek.  Filed March 4, 2011.  

(19)     90/011,531 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,908,156 entitled ROUND RECLINER FOR VEHICLE and owned by Austem.   Filed March 4, 2011.  

(20)     90/011,532 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,321,331 entitled REAL TIME DEBUGGER INTERFACE FOR EMBEDDED SYSTEMS and owned by TR Technologies Foundation.  Filed March 4, 2011.  

(21)     90/011,533 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,751,736 entitled TESTABLE ELECTRONIC SYSTEM and owned by Roldan Block NY.  Filed March 4, 2011.  

(22)     90/011,534 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,260,087 entitled EMBEDDED CONFIGURABLE LOGIC ASIC and owned by Intellectual Ventures.  Filed March 4, 2011, likely by Xilinx.   The ‘087 patent is the subject of a litigation styled Intellectual Ventures v. Altera et al.  (Case No.  10–cv-1065-LPS (D. Del.)). 

(23)     90/009,877 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,849,289 entitled METHOD FOR INHIBITING MICROORGANISM GROWTH and owned by Biogaia Biologics AB.  Filed February 18, 2011.

(24)     90/009,878 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,439,678 entitled METHOD FOR INHIBITING MICROORGANISM GROWTH and owned by Biogaia Biologics AB.  Filed February 18, 2011.

(25)     90/009,879 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,505,243 entitled MAGNETIC LEVITATION APPARATUS.  Filed February 28, 2011.

(26)     90/009,880 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,499,716 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING INFORMATION TO A TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DEVICE and owned by Helferich Patent Licensing.  Filed February 25, 2011.  The ‘716 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Helferich Patent Licensing v. Huawei Tech. (Case No. 1:10-cv-07387 (N.D. Ill.)). 

(27)     90/009,881 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,423,588 entitled PHASED ARRAY ANTENNA SYSTEM and owned by PDS Electronics.  Filed February 28, 2011.   The ‘588 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled PDS v. HI-Z Antennas (Case No. 5:10-cv-2806 (N.D. Ohio)). 

(28)     90/009,882 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,835,757 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING INFORMATION TO A TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DEVICE and owned by Wireless Science.  Filed February 25, 2011.

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