TiVo Attack on Four Verizon Patents, among Reexamination Requests Filed Week of May 30, 2011

Scott Daniels | June 6, 2011

On Thursday, TiVo requested reexamination of three Verizon cable box patents, and on Friday, of a fourth Verizon patent (see ex parte Request Nos. (9) through (12)).  These requests are only the latest development in an on-going patent war between the two companies that includes fronts at the ITC and in two District Courts.

Reexamination was requested for SynQor’s U.S. Patent No. 7,272,021 for power converters (see inter partes Request No. (1)).  In January, Judge Ward enjoined Artesyn/Astec and a series of other companies from infringing four SynQor patents, among them the ‘021 patent.  It is not yet clear from the PTO records who filed the request.

And Abbott Diabetes Care requested reexamination of three DexCom analyte-sensor devices in the long-term patent dispute between the companies (see ex parte Request Nos. (4), (5) & (6)).

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,637 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,272,021 entitled POWER CONVERTER WITH ISOLATED AND REGULATED STAGES and owned by SynQor.  Filed May 31, 2011, perhaps by Artesyn.   The ‘021 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled SynQor v. Artesyn et al.  (Case No. 07-cv-497-TJW (E.D. Tex.)).

(2)         95/001,638 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,090,904 entitled ENHANCED SLIDER ZIPPER MULTIWALL BAG AND ASSOCIATED METHODS and owned by General Electric Capital.  Filed June 2, 2011, by Graphic Packaging Int’l.  The ‘904 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Exopack v. Graphic Packaging Int’l. (Case No.  7:11–cv-337-HFF (D.S.C.)).

(3)         95/001,639 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,979,482 entitled MULTIWALL BAG WITH ZIPPER AND FIN and owned by General Electric Capital.  Filed June 2, 2011, by Graphic Packaging Int’l.  The ‘482 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Exopack v. Graphic Packaging Int’l. (Case No.  7:11–cv-337-HFF (D.S.C.)).

(4)         95/001,640 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,544,403 entitled BAG HAVING AN IMPROVED HEAT SEAL CLOSURE AND ASSOCIATED METHODS and owned by General Electric Capital.  Filed June 2, 2011, by Graphic Packaging Int’l.  The ‘403 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Exopack v. Graphic Packaging Int’l. (Case No.  7:11–cv-337-HFF (D.S.C.)).

(5)         95/000,633 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,629,705 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR OPERATING ELECTRICAL MACHINES and owned by Filed May 24, 2011, by Volkswagen Group of America.  The ‘705 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Stragent, LLC et al v. Audi AG et al, Case No. 10-cv-00227-LED (E.D. Tex.).

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,717 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,672,499 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CURRENCY DISCRIMINATION AND COUNTING and owned by Cummins-Allison.  Filed May 30, 2011.  

(2)         90/011,718 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,589,861 entitled IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND PRINTING SYSTEM and owned by Oki Data.  Filed May 31, 2011, by Owner.  

(3)         90/011,719 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CURRENCY DISCRIMINATION AND COUNTING and owned by Cummins-Allison.  Filed May 31, 2011.  

(4)         90/011,720 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,905,833 entitled TRANSCUTANEOUS ANALYTE SENSOR and owned by DexCom.  Filed May 31, 2011, by Abbott Diabetes Care.  

(5)         90/011,721 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,826,981 entitled SYSTEM AND METHODS FOR PROCESSING ANALYTE SENSOR DATA and owned by DexCom.   Filed May 31, 2011, by Abbott Diabetes Care.  

(6)         90/011,722 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,835,777 entitled DEVICE AND METHOD FOR DETERMINING ANALYTE LEVELS and owned by DexCom.  Filed May 31, 2011, by Abbott Diabetes Care.  

(7)         90/011,723 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,497,998 entitled GAS CONVERTER and owned by Filed June 1, 2011, by Owner.  

(8)         90/011,724 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,664,242 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ANONYMOUS TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION and owned by SNC Lavalin.  Filed June 2, 2011, by Owner.  

(9)         90/011,725 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,381,748 entitled APPARATUS AND METHODS FOR NETWORK ACCESS USING A SET TOP BOX AND TELEVISION and owned by Verizon.  Filed June 2, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘748 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TiVo v. Verizon Communications et al.  (Case No. 2:09-cv-215-DF (E.D. Tex.)); Verizon v. Cablevision Systems (Case No. 1:10-cv-216-SLR (D. Del.));  In re Certain Digital Set-Top Boxes, 337-TA-712.

(10)     90/011,726 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,367,078 entitled ELECTRONIC PROGRAM-GUIDE SYSTEM WITH SIDEWAYS-SURFING CAPABILITY and owned by Verizon.  Filed June 2, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘078 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TiVo v. Verizon Communications et al.  (Case No. 2:09-cv-215-DF (E.D. Tex.)); Verizon v. Cablevision Systems (Case No. 1:10-cv-216-SLR (D. Del.)); In re Certain Digital Set-Top Boxes, 337-TA-712.

(11)     90/011,727 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,635,979 entitled DYNAMICALLY PROGRAMMABLE DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TERMINAL USING DOWNLOADED SOFTWARE TO CONTROL BROADBAND DATA OPERATIONS and owned by Verizon.  Filed June 2, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘979 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TiVo v. Verizon Communications et al.  (Case No. 2:09-cv-215-DF (E.D. Tex.)); Verizon v. Cablevision Systems (Case No. 1:10-cv-216 (D. Del.)); In re Certain Digital Set-Top Boxes, 337-TA-712.

(12)     90/011,728 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,973,684 entitled DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT TERMINAL PROVIDING DYNAMIC EXECUTION IN VIDEO DIAL TONE NETWORKS and owned by Verizon.  Filed June 3, 2011, by TiVo.   The ‘684 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled TiVo v. Verizon Communications et al.  (Case No. 2:09-cv-215-DF (E.D. Tex.))

(13)     90/011,729 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,110,562 entitled BTE/CIC AUDITORY DEVICE AND MODULAR CONNECTOR SYSTEM THEREFOR and owned by Hear Wear.  Filed June 3, 2011.   The ‘562 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Hear Wear v. Oticon (Case No. 07-cv-212-CVE (D. Olka.)).

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