Challenges to Five Ronald Katz Telephone Patents, among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of December 19, 2011

Scott Daniels | December 27, 2011

Perhaps more than any other inventor, Ronald Katz has been the target of rivals’ requests for reexamination.  This was certainly true this past week, when requests were filed against five Katz telephone system patents (see ex parte Request Nos. (1), (3) to (5) & (10)).  According to Patent Office assignment records, the five patents are owned by General Electric Capital

            Vicor requested reexamination of a SynQor power converter patent (see inter partes Request No. (5)).  Synqor has sued a number of companies, including Ericsson, for infringement of that patent. 

And Ford has requested reexamination of a GM patent for a car body structure, specifically a roof panel-side frame construction (see inter partes Request No. (3)). 

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,857 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,851,188 entitled FERMENTIVE PRODUCTION OF FOUR CARBON ALCOHOLS and owned by Butamax Advanced Biofuels.  Filed December 16, 2011, by Gevo.  The ‘188 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Butamax Advanced Biofuels v. Gevo (Case No. 1:11-cv-54 (Del.)).

(2)         95/001,858 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,530,876 entitled SUPPLEMENTAL HEART PUMP METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SUPPLEMENTING BLOOD THROUGH THE HEART and owned by Paul Spence.  Filed December 19, 2011. 

(3)         95/001,859 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,290,831 entitled VEHICLE WITH LAYERED ROOF BUILD and owned by GM Global Technologies Operation.  Filed December 20, 2011, by Ford Global Technologies

(4)         95/001,860 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,161,525 entitled TURBULENCE DISPLAY PRESENTATION and owned by Rockwell Collins.  Filed December 21, 2011, by Honeywell International

(5)         95/001,861 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,023,290 entitled HIGH EFFICIENCY POWER CONVERTER and owned by SynQor.  Filed December 21, 2011, by Vicor.  The ‘290 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled SynQor v. Ericsson (Case No. 2:11-cv-54 (E.D. Tex.)).

(6)         95/001,862 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,485,989 entitled TUNABLE ELECTRICAL TRANSIENT GENERATOR FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC PULSER and owned by L-3 Communications.  Filed December 22, 2011, by Jaxon Engineering & Maintainence.  The ‘989 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled L-3 Communications v. Jaxon Engineering & Maintenance et al. (Case No. 1-10-cv-2868-MSK-KMT (D. Colo.)). 

 The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,062 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,678,360 entitled TELEPHONIC-INTERFACE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM and owned by General Electric Capital Corp.  Filed December 19, 2011.  The ‘360 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled In Re: Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (Case No. 07-cv-1816 (C.D. Cal.).

(2)         90/012,063 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,544,120 entitled GAMING MACHINE and owned by Ainsworth Game Technology.  Filed December 19, 2011.  

(3)         90/012,064 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,351,285 entitled MULTIPLE FORMAT TELEPHONIC INTERFACE CONTROL SYSTEM and owned by General Electric Capital Corp.  Filed December 19, 2011.  The ‘285 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled In Re: Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (Case No. 07-cv-1816 (C.D. Cal.).

(4)         90/012,065 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,255,309 entitled TELEPHONIC-INTERFACE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM and owned by General Electric Capital Corp.  Filed December 19, 2011.  The ‘309 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled In Re: Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (Case No. 07-cv-1816 (C.D. Cal.).

(5)         90/012,066 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,561,707 entitled TELEPHONIC-INTERFACE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM and owned by General Electric Capital Corp.  Filed December 19, 2011.  The ‘707 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled In Re: Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (Case No. 07-cv-1816 (C.D. Cal.).

(6)         90/012,067 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,520,642 entitled CAMERA DOLLY and owned by Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment.  Filed December 20, 2011, by Cinetech Italiana, Srl.  

(7)         90/012,068 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,152,998 entitled ASSEMBLABLE STRING TREE and owned by Sienna.  Filed December 21, 2011.

(8)         90/012,069 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,164,969 entitled APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PATIENT ROUNDING WITH A REMOTE CONTROLLED ROBOT and owned by Intouch Technologies.  Filed December 22, 2011.  

(9)         90/012,070 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,029,111 entitled VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM AND METHOD USING GPS VELOCITIES and owned by Beacon Navigation GmbH.  Filed December 23, 2011, by Volkswagen Group of America.  The ‘111 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Beacon Navigation GmbH v. Volkswagen Group of America (Case No. 1:11-cv-958-GMS (D. Del.)); Navigation GmbH v. Audi Ag et al. (Case No. 1:11-cv-958-GMS (D. Del.)); and Certain Automotive GPS Navigation Systems, Components Thereof, and Products Containing Same, ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-814.

(10)     90/012,071 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,684,863 entitled TELEPHONIC INTERFACE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM and owned by General Electric Capital.  Filed December 23, 2011.  The ‘863 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled In Re: Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (Case No. 07-cv-1816 (C.D. Cal.).

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