Hewlett-Packard Reexamination Request of Princeton Digital Patent, among Requests Filed Week of August 8, 2011

Scott Daniels | August 15, 2011

Hewlett-Packard has sought reexamination of Princeton Digital’s U.S. Patent No. 4,813,056 for digital signals used in cameras, camcorders, copiers, scanners and various multifunction devices (see ex parte Request No. (7)).  The ‘056 patent, originally owned by General Electric, is the subject of two infringement actions by Princeton in the Eastern District of Texas, against a slew of consumer electronics companies including HP, Ricoh, Kodak, and FujifilmCanon is reported this morning to have settled its case. 

Garmin has requested reexamination of its own patent for a sports computer with GPS (see ex parte Request No. 6).  Presumably, Garmin is attempting to beat Bryton, whom Garmin has sued for infringement of that patent, to the punch.

Finally, there were reports over the weekend that Google had requested reexamination against two Lodsys patents – U.S. Patent Nos. 7,222,078 & 7,620,565 – that Lodsys has asserted against a large group of small makers of applications for Android®.  Google’s Requests, however, are not yet available.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,705 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,902,129 entitled DELIVERY OF AGENTS TO THE CUTTING MECHANISM OF PAPER SHREDDERS and owned by ButterCup Legacy.  Filed August 8, 2011, by Intek America and Michelin Prosperity.  The ‘129 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled ButterCup Legacy v. Michelin Prosperity et al.  (Case No.2:11-cv-262 (D. Utah)). 

(2)         95/001,706 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,434,362 entitled SYSTEM FOR REMOVABLY AND ADJUSTABLY MOUNTING A DEVICE ON A SURFACE and owned by Unirac.  Filed August 9, 2011, by JAC-Rack.  The ‘362 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Unirac v. IronRidge and JAC-Rack (Case No. 1:11-cv-10 (D. N.Mex.)).

(3)         95/001,707 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,018,704 entitled POLYIMIDE FILM FOR FLEXIBLE PRINTED BOARD AND FLEXIBLE PRINTED BOARD USING SAME and owned by Kaneka.  Filed August 12, 2011, by SKC Kolon.  The ‘704 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Kaneka v. SKC Kolon (Case No.  1:10-cv-430 (E.D. Tex.)); Certain Polyimide Films, 337-TA-772.

(4)         95/001,708 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,206,763 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMMODITY-BASED CURRENCY FOR PAYMENT OF ACCOUNTS and owned by GoldMoney Network.  Filed August 12, 2011. 

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,850 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,219,902 entitled FLEXIBLE TRAVEL BAG WITH INTEGRATED SUPPORT TO PROTECT BAG FROM WEAR and owned by West Coast Trends.  Filed August 8, 2011.   The ‘902 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled West Coast Trends v. Ogio Int’l et al. (Case No. 6:10-cv-688 (E.D. Tex.)).

(2)         90/011,851 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,774,942 entitled UTILITY KNIFE and owned by American Capital Financial Services.  Filed August 9, 2011, likely by Pacific Handy Cutter.   The ‘942 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Spellbound Dev. Group v. Pacific Handy Cutter (Case No. 09-cv-951).   

(3)         90/011,852 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,073,115 entitled VIRTUAL REALITY GENERATOR FOR DISPLAYING ABSTRACT INFORMATION and owned by Commissariat a l’Energie Atomique.  Filed August 9, 2011.  The ‘115 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Maxus Strategic Systems v. Aqumin (Case No. 1:11-cv-73 (W.D. Tex.)).

(4)         90/011,853 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,675,746 entitled VIRTUAL REALITY GENERATOR FOR USE WITH FINANCIAL INFORMATION and owned by Maxus Strategic Systems.  Filed August 9, 2011, likely by Aqumin.   The ‘746 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Maxus Strategic Systems v. Aqumin (Case No. 1:11-cv-73 (W.D. Tex.)).

(5)         90/011,854 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,937,402 entitled SYSTEM FOR ENABLING ACCESS TO A RELATIONAL DATABASE FROM AN OBJECT ORIENTED PROGRAM and owned by Datatern.  Filed August 9, 2011.  

(6)         90/011,855 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,463,385 entitled SPORTS COMPUTER WITH GPS RECEIVER AND PERFORMANCE TRACKING CAPABILITIES and owned by Garmin Int’l.  Filed August 9, 2011, by Owner.   The ‘385 patent is the subject of a litigation styled Garmin Int’l v. Bryton (Case No. 2:11-cv-2162 (D. Kan.)). 

(7)         90/011,856 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 4,813,056 entitled MODIFIED STATISTICAL CODING and owned by Princeton Digital.  Filed August 11, 2011, by Hewlett-Packard.  The ‘056 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Princeton Digital Image v. Canon (Case No. 2:10-cv-29 (E.D. Tex.)); Princeton Digital Image v. Ricoh (Case No. 2:10-cv-39 (E.D. Tex.)).

(8)         90/011,857 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,758,328 entitled COMPUTERIZED QUOTATION SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by Source Search.  Filed August 11, 2011.  The ‘328 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Source Search Tech. v. Kayak Software (Case No. 2:11-cv-3388-FSH-PS (D.N.J.)). 

(9)         90/011,858 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,293,556 entitled SEAL FOR COUPLING AND CONNECTING MEANS and owned by Krausz Metal Industries.  Filed August 12, 2011.  

(10)     90/011,859 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,878,909 entitled PRODUCTS AND PROCESSES FOR OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT OF CASINOS, LEISURE AND HOSPITATLITY INDUSTRY and owned by Ameranth.  Filed August 13, likely by Genesis.  The ‘909 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Ameranth v. Genesis Gaming Solutions (Case No. 8:11-cv-189-AG (C.D. Cal.)).

(11)     90/009,930 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,298,842 entitled ARCHERY BOW ACCESSORIES WITH BOW VIBRATION DECAY PATTERN MODIFIERS FOR IMPROVING ACCURACY and owned by Sims Vibration Lab.  Filed August 5, 2011. 

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