Requests for Reexamination of Four Round Rock Patents, among those Filed Week of September 12, 2011

Scott Daniels | September 19, 2011

Requests for reexamination were filed against four RFID patents owned by patent-holding/enforcement company Round Rock Research (see ex parte Request Nos. (1), (2), (4), & (5)).  The requests do not indicate who filed them, and the patents does not appear to be the subject of pending litigation, raising the prospect of a party simply targeting Round Rock patents. 

Earlier this year, Universal Electronics sued Logitech in the Central District of California for infringement of three touch-pad patents.  Logitech has now replied by seeking reexamination of those patents (see inter partes Request Nos. (7), (8) & (9)). 

Google, Apple and Quattro teamed up to request reexamination of a StreetSpace patent for online advertising (see inter partes Request No. (10)).  The parties are currently in litigation over that patent in the Southern District of California. 

And yet another reexamination request was filed in the long, on-going war between Abbott Diabetes Care and DexCom over analyte measuring devices (see ex parte Request No. (9)). 

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,753 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,824,588 entitled METHOD OF MAKING SELF-SUPPORTING THERAPEUTIC ACTIVE-CONTAINING FILM and owned by Monosol.  Filed September 12, 2011. BioDelivery Sciences Int’l.  The ‘588 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Monosol RX v. BioDelivery Sciences Int’l et al. (Case No. 10-cv-5695 (D.N.J.)).

(2)         95/001,754 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,775,873 entitled APPARATUS FOR REMOVING HAIR FROM A DRAIN and owned by Eugene Luoma.  Filed September 12, 2011. 

(3)         95/001,755 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,946,451 entitled CARTON WITH AN IMPROVED DISPENSING FEATURE and owned by Graphic Packaging Int’l.  Filed September 13, 2011, by The C.W. Zumbiel Co.  The ‘451 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Graphic Packaging Int’l. v. C.W. Zumbiel (Case No. 1:11-cv-1686 (N.D. Ga.)). 

(4)         95/001,756 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,805,988 entitled BOREHOLE TESTER APPARATUS AND METHODS USING DUAL FLOW LINES and owned by Precision Energy Services.  Filed September 14, 2011. 

(5)         95/001,757 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,712,487 entitled LIGHT EMITTING GOLF BALL and owned by Andrew Yang.  Filed September 14, 2011. 

(6)         95/001,758 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,864,627 entitled MEMORY MODULE DECODER and owned by NetList.  Filed September 14, 2011, by SMART Modular Techs

(7)         95/001,759 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,782,309 entitled CONTROLLING DEVICE WITH DUAL-MODE, TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY and owned by Universal Electronics.  Filed September 15, 2011, by Logitech.  The ‘309 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Universal Electronics v. Logitech (Case No. 11-cv-11056 (C.D. Cal.)). 

(8)         95/001,760 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,821,504 entitled CONTROLLING DEVICE WITH DUAL-MODE, TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY and owned by Universal Electronics.  Filed September 15, 2011, by Logitech.  The ‘504 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Universal Electronics v. Logitech (Case No. 11-cv-11056 (C.D. Cal.)).

(9)         95/001,761 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,821,505 entitled CONTROLLING DEVICE WITH DUAL-MODE, TOUCH-SENSITIVE DISPLAY and owned by Universal Electronics.  Filed September 15, 2011, by Logitech.  The ‘505 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Universal Electronics v. Logitech (Case No. 11-cv-11056 (C.D. Cal.)).

(10)     95/001,763 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,847,969 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING PERSONALIZED ONLINE SERVICES AND ADVERTISEMENTS IN PUBLIC SPACES and owned by StreetSpace.  Filed September 15, 2011, by Google, Apple and Quattro.  The ‘969 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled StreetSpace v. Google et al.  (Case No. 3:10-cv-1757-LAB-MDD (S.D. Cal.)). 

(11)     95/001,764 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,223,074 entitled PROPELLER SHAFT ARRANGEMENT, PROPELLER ARRANGEMENT, ADAPTIVE ARRANGEMENT AND PROPULSION ARRANGEMENT and owned by AB Volvo Penta.  Filed September 15, 2011. 

(12)     95/001,765 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,842,457 entitled BEAD EMULSION NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION and owned by 454 Corporation.  Filed September 15, 2011, by Life Technologies

(13)     95/001,766 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,643,274 entitled PROTECTIVE COVER FOR LAPTOP COMPUTER and owned by Tech Shell.  Filed September 16, 2011, likely by Best Buy.  The ‘274 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Tech Shell v. Best Buy et al. (Case No. 3:11-cv-246-MCR (N.D. Fla.)). 

(14)     95/001,767 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,907,400 entitled PROTECTIVE COVER FOR LAPTOP COMPUTER and owned by Tech Shell.  Filed September 16, 2011, likely by Best Buy.  The ‘400 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Tech Shell v. Best Buy et al. (Case No. 3:11-cv-246-MCR (N.D. Fla.)).

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,897 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,986,570 entitled METHOD FOR RESOLVING SIGNAL COLLISIONS BETWEEN MULTIPLE RFID TRANSPONDERS IN A FIELD and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed September 12, 2011.  

(2)         90/011,898 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,265,962 entitled METHOD FOR RESOLVING SIGNAL COLLISIONS BETWEEN MULTIPLE RFID TRANSPONDERS IN A FIELD and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed September 12, 2011.  

(3)         90/011,899 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. entitled TOPICAL DRUG PREPARATIONS and owned by GlycoBioSciences.  Filed September 12, 2011, by Nycomed.  

(4)         90/011,900 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,266,925 entitled ELECTRONIC IDENTIFICATION TAG INTERROGATION METHOD and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed September 12, 2011.  

(5)         90/011,901 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,974,078 entitled MODULATED SPREAD SPECTRUM IN RF IDENTIFICATION SYSTEMS METHOD and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed September 12, 2011.  

(6)         90/011,902 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,025,161 entitled SNOWMOBILE WITH REAR ARRANGEMENT SUITABLE TO ACCEPT A TRANSPORTABLE OBJECT and owned by Bombardier Recreational Prods.  Filed September 12, 2011, by Powder Keg LLC.  

(7)         90/011,903 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,335,277 entitled SIGNAL PROCESSING APPARATUS AND METHODS and owned by Personalized Mass Media.  Filed September 13, 2011.   The ‘277 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Pegasus Development v. DirecTV (Case No. 00-cv-102 (D. Del.); Personalized Media Comms. v. Scientific Atlanta et al. (Case No. 1:02-cv-824 (N.D. Ga.)). 

(8)         90/011,904 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,966,640 entitled SIGNAL PROCESSING APPPARATUS AND METHODS and owned by Personalized Mass Media.  Filed September 13, 2011.   The ‘640 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Pegasus Development v. DirecTV (Case No. 00-cv-102 (D. Del.); Personalized Media Comms. v. Scientific Atlanta et al. (Case No. 1:02-cv-824 (N.D. Ga.)).

(9)         90/011,905 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,974,672 entitled DEVICES AND METHODS FOR DETERMINING ANALYTE LEVELS and owned by DexCom.  Filed September 14, 2011, by Abbott Diabetes Care.  

(10)     90/011,906 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 4,860,103 entitled VIDEO LEVEL CONTROL and owned by Princeton Digital Image.  Filed September 14, 2011, by Hewlett-Packard.   The ‘103 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Princeton Digital Image v. Canon (Case No. 2:10-cv-29 (E.D. Tex.)). 

(11)     90/011,907 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,636,836 entitled UNIVERSAL AIR CONDITIONER MOUNTING BRACKET AND METHOD and owned by Glastic Corp.  Filed September 15, 2011.  

(12)     90/011,908 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,161,222 entitled ATHLETIC GARMENT WITH INNER THIGH GUARDS and owned by Titan Holdings.  Filed September 15, 2011, likely by Under Armour.   The ‘222 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Titan Holdings v. Under Armour (Case No. 5:11-cv-777 (W.D. Okla.)).

(13)           90/011,909 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,712,309 entitled ARRANGEMENT AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A WORK VEHICLE and owned by Volvo Construction. Filed September 16, 2011.  

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