Google Challenge to Tierravision Geographic Database Patent among the Reexamination Requests Filed week of October 31, 2011

Scott Daniels | November 7, 2011

Earlier this year Tierravision sued Microsoft, RIM and Google, accusing them of selling Internet-based map services that infringe U.S. Reissue Patent No. 41,983.   Google has now replied by requesting reexamination of the ‘983 patent (see inter partes Request No. (3)). Google’s Request is a bit spicier than most.  At the very outset, it asserts that “Tierravision buried the 18 claims subject to reexamination in a wildly varied set of 70 total claims,” with the result that “[t]hey bear little or no resemblance to the claims of the original patent, yet the original Examiner subjected them to virtually no scrutiny, allowing them in the first action without any explanation.”  It seems likely that RIM and Microsoft will file their own Requests.

Research in Motion has requested reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,055,439 owned by MobileMedia Ideas (see ex parte Request No. (14)). The ‘439 patent was originally assigned to Nokia and is one of a portfolio of mobile phone patents assigned by either Nokia or Sony to MobileMedia.  

And A10 Networks has struck back at Brocade Communications Systems, requesting reexamination of six Brocade server patents (see inter partes Request Nos. (5) – (10)).  The six patents are the subject of a law suit between the two companies in the Northern District of California. 

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,799 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,854,627 entitled ELECTRICAL FITTING WITH INTERNAL CABLE RETAINER and owned by Arlington Indus.  Filed October 31, 2011, by Bridgeport Fittings

(2)         95/001,800 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,896,394 entitled MIDWHEEL DRIVE WHEELCHAIR WITH INDEPENDENT FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION and owned by Sunrise Medical HHG.  Filed November 1, 2011, by Permobil.  The ‘394 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Permobil v. Sunrise Medical HHG (Case No. 3:11-cv-503 (D. Tenn.)). 

(3)         95/001,801 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. Reissue 41,983 entitled METHOD OF ORGANIZING AND COMPRESSING SPATIAL DATA and owned by Tierravision.  Filed November 2, 2011, by Google.  The ‘983 patent is currently the subject of three litigations styled Tierravision v. Google (Case No. 5:11-cv-2170 (S.D. Cal.)); Tierravision v. Research in Motion et al. (Case No. 5:11-cv-639 (S.D. Cal.)); and Tierravision v. Microsoft (Case No. 3:11-cv-2171 (S.D. Cal)). 

(4)         95/001,802 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,804,426 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR SELECTIVE REVIEW OF EVENT DATA and owned by DriveCam.  Filed November 3, 2011, by Smartdrive Systems.  The ‘426 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled DriveCam v. Smartdrive (Case No. 3:11-cv-997 (S.D. Cal.)). 

(5)         95/001,803 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,647,427 entitled REDUNDANT SUPPORT FOR NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION (NAT) and owned by Brocade Communications Systems.  Filed November 4, 2011 by A10 Networks.  The ‘427 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Brocade Comm. Sys. et al. v. A10 Networks (Case No. 5:10-cv-3428-LHK (N.D. Cal.)). 

(6)         95/001,804 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,674,508 entitled CANONICAL NAME (CNAME) HANDLING FOR GLOBAL SERVER LOAD BALANCING and owned by Brocade Communications Systems.  Filed November 4, 2011, by A10 Networks.  The ‘508 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Brocade Comm. Sys. et al. v. A10 Networks (Case No. 5:10-cv-3428-LHK (N.D. Cal.)). 

(7)         95/001,805 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,716,370 entitled REDUNDANT SUPPORT FOR NETWORK ADDRESS TRANSLATION (NAT) and owned by Brocade Communications Systems.  Filed November 4, 2011, by A10 Networks.  The ‘370 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Brocade Comm. Sys. et al. v. A10 Networks (Case No. 5:10-cv-3428-LHK (N.D. Cal.)). 

(8)         95/001,806 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,454,500 entitled GLOBAL SERVER LOAD BALANCING and owned by Brocade Communications Systems.  Filed November 4, 2011, by A10 Networks.  The ‘500 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Brocade Comm. Sys. et al. v. A10 Networks (Case No. 5:10-cv-3428-LHK (N.D. Cal.)). 

(9)         95/001,807 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,581,009 entitled GLOBAL SERVER LOAD BALANCING and owned by Brocade Communications Systems.  Filed November 4, 2011, by A10 Networks.  The ‘009 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Brocade Comm. Sys. et al. v. A10 Networks (Case No. 5:10-cv-3428-LHK (N.D. Cal.)). 

(10)     95/001,808 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,720,977 entitled COOKIE INVALIDATION OR EXPIRATION BY A SWITCH and owned by Brocade Communications Systems.   Filed November 4, 2011, by A10 Networks.  The ‘977patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Brocade Comm. Sys. et al. v. A10 Networks (Case No. 5:10-cv-3428-LHK (N.D. Cal.)). 

(11)     95/000,650 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,266,186 entitled and owned by Intellect Wireless.  Filed October 18, 2011, by HTC America.  The ‘186 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Intellect Wireless v. HTC (Case No. 1:09-cv-2945 (N.D. Ill.)). 

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/011,987 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,547,780 entitled INFRARED LASER CATHETER SYSTEM and owned by Venture Lending and Leasing.  Filed October 31, 2011.   The ‘780 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled CardioFocus v. Candela et al.  (Case No. 1:08-cv-10285-NMG (D. Mass.)). 

(2)         90/011,988 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,590,602 entitled ELECTRONIC CURRENCY, ELECTRONIC WALLET THEREFOR AND ELECTRONIC PAYMENT SYSTEMS EMPLOYING THEM and owned by Moneycat.  Filed October 31, 2011.  

(3)         90/011,989 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,754,263 entitled METHODS FOR COFFEE CHERRY PRODUCTS and owned by VDF FutureCeuticals.  Filed October 31, 2011, likely by Sandwich Isles Trading Co.   The ‘263 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled VDF FutureCeuticals v. Sandwich Isles Trading Co. et al. (Case No.1:11-cv-288-ACK (D. Hawaii)).

(4)         90/011,990 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,807,205 entitled METHODS FOR COFFEE CHERRY PRODUCTS and owned by VDF FutureCeuticals. Filed October 31, 2011, likely by Sandwich Isles Trading Co.   The ‘205 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled VDF FutureCeuticals v. Sandwich Isles Trading Co. et al. (Case No.1:11-cv-288-ACK (D. Hawaii)).

(5)         90/011,991 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,815,959 entitled METHODS FOR COFFEE CHERRY PRODUCTS and owned by VDF FutureCeuticals.  Filed October 31, 2011, likely by Sandwich Isles Trading Co.   The ‘959 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled VDF FutureCeuticals v. Sandwich Isles Trading Co. et al. (Case No.1:11-cv-288-ACK (D. Hawaii)). 

(6)         90/011,992 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,335,277 entitled SIGNAL PROCESSING APPPARATUS AND METHODS and owned by Personalized mass Media.  Filed November 1, 2011.   The ‘277 patent is currently the subject of litigations styled Pegasus Dev. Corp. v. DirecTV (Case No. 00-cv-1020 (D. Del.)); Personalized Media Comm. V. Scientific-Atlanta et al. (Case No. 1:02-cv-824 (N.D. Ga.)). 

(7)         90/011,993 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,047,729 entitled ENHANCED CAMERA TRANSPORT SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by Black Rapid.  Filed November 1, 2011.  

(8)         90/011,994 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,387,949 entitled EYEGLASS CONNECTION DEVICE and owned by Oakley.  Filed November 1, 2011, likely by Seaver.   The ‘949 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Oakley v. Seaver (Case No. 3:11-cv-2079 (S.D. Cal.)). 

(9)         90/011,995 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,135,791 entitled METHOD FOR ACHIEVING UNIFORM EXPANSION OF DIELECTRIC PLATE and owned by Hon Hai Precision Indus.  Filed November 1, 2011, likely by Lotes Co.   The ‘791 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Lotes Co. v. Hon Hai Precision Industry et al. (Case No. 3:11-cv-1036-JSW (N.D. Cal.)). 

(10)     90/011,996 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,828,599 entitled USB CONNECTOR AND USB DEVICE and owned by Huawei Device.  Filed November 1, 2011.  

(11)     90/011,997 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,210,573 entitled CONVEYOR BELT and owned by Intralox.  Filed November 1, 2011.  

(12)     90/011,998 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,874,001 entitled and owned by Matrix Environmental.  Filed November 2, 2011, by Innovative Eng. Sols.  

(13)     90/011,999 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,439,107 entitled GAS FIRED OUTDOOR COOKING APPARATUS and owned by Metal Fusion.  Filed November 2, 2011.  

(14)     90/012,000 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,055,439 entitled MOBILE TELEPHONE USER INTERFACE and owned by MobileMedia Ideas.  Filed November 3, 2011, by Research in Motion.   The ‘439 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled MobileMedia Ideas v. Research in Motion (Case No. 2:10-cv-113 (E.D. Tex.)). 

(15)     90/012,001 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,104,700 entitled POLICY BASED QUALITY OF SERVICE and owned by Extreme Networks.  Filed November 4, 2011, by Enterasys Networks.   The ‘700 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Extreme Networks v. Enterasys Networks (Case No. 3:07-cv-229 (W.D. Wisc.)). 

(16)     90/012,002 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,727,866 entitled USE OF CHAINED IMPLANTS IN SOLAR CELLS and owned by Varian Semiconductor Equipment.  Filed November 4, 2011.  

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