Attacks on Two MobileMedia Ideas Patents for Communication Devices, among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of January 2, 2012

Scott Daniels | January 9, 2012

Reexamination was requested of two communications device patents owned by MobileMedia Ideas (see ex parte Request Nos. (2) & (3)).  MobileMedia, that describes itself as “patent portfolio licensor of inventions adopted by manufacturers of smart phones, mobile phones and other portable devices including personal computers, laptops, netbooks, personal media players, e-book readers, cameras and hand-held game consoles,” obtained one of the patents from Sony and the other from Nokia.  MobileMedia has sued HTC in the Eastern District of Texas for infringement of the two patents, plus nine other patents.  What stake if any Sony or Nokia has in the litigation is unknown.  It is not immediately clear who filed the requests, but it is likely HTC

CBS Interactive requested reexamination of a paging system patent owned by Helferich Patent Licensing (see inter partes Request No. (2)).  Helferich had sued CBS and a number of other media companies in Illinois and Arizona for infringement.  CBS had requested reexamination of another Helferich patent at the end of December. 

 The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,866 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,472,614 entitled DYNAMIC UMBILICALS WITH INTERNAL STEEL RODS and owned by Duco.  Filed January 5, 2012, by Aker Subsea.  The ‘614 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Duco v. Aker Subsea (Case No. 4:11-cv-2858 (S.D. Tex.)).

(2)         95/001,867 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,499,716 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DELIVERING INFORMATION TO A TRANSMITTING AND RECEIVING DEVICE and owned by Helferich Patent Licensing.  Filed January 6, 2012, by CBS Interactive.  The ‘716 patent is currently the subject of nine infringement actions filed by Helferich Patent Licensing.

 The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,078 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,781,497 entitled RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY WORD LINE SELECT CIRCUIT HAVING RAPID DYNAMIC DESELECT and owned by Advanced Data Access.  Filed January 5, 2012.  The ‘497 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Advanced Data Access v. Nanya Technology et al. (Case No. 6:11-cv-473 (E.D. Tex.)). 

(2)         90/012,079 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,871,048 entitled MOBIL COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND INFORMATION PROVIDING SYSTEM USING THE MOBILE COMMUNICATION APPARATUS and owned by MobileMedia Ideas.  Filed January 5, 2012.   The ‘048 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled MobileMedia Ideas v. HTC et al. (Case No. 2:10-cv-112 (E.D. Tex.)). 

(3)         90/012,080 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,049,796 entitled PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT WITH REAL TIME SEARCH CAPABILITY and owned by MobileMedia Ideas.  Filed January 6, 2012.  The ‘796 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled MobileMedia Ideas v. HTC et al. (Case No. 2:10-cv-112 (E.D. Tex.)).

(4)         90/012,081 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. D630,676 entitled GUITAR NECK and owned by Rubbermaid Commercial Prods.  Filed January 6, 2012.

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