Attack on Walker Digital Image Management Patent, among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of January 30, 2012

Scott Daniels | February 6, 2012

Reexamination was requested last week by an un-identified party against a Walker Digital patent that names Jay Walker of Priceline fame as an inventor (see ex parte Request No. (1)).  The patent claims a computer readable storage medium in a camera, which stores instructions for the camera’s management of images.  Walker Digital has sued Canon USA for infringement of the patent, and it might be Canon that filed the request. 

Requests were filed by GT Nexus against four shipment monitoring patents owned by INTTRA, Inc. (see ex parte Request Nos. (7) to (10)).  The patents relate to systems including user interfaces that allow a shipper to track and trace containers across multiple carriers and an event notifications system.  The two companies are in an infringement action in the Northern District of California regarding these patents.

And reexamination has been requested for yet another MobileMedia Ideas patent, this time by Research In Motion (see ex parte Request No. (14)).

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,879 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,860,925 entitled PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURE and owned by Cookson Electronics.  Filed February 1, 2012, by MacDermid

(2)         95/001,880 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,712,796 entitled DEFORMABLE MECHANICAL PIPE COUPLING. Filed February 1, 2012, by Anvil International

(3)         95/001,881 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,044,942 entitled TOUCH SCREEN PROTECTOR and owned by Aevoe Corp.  Filed February 2, 2012. 

(4)         95/001,882 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,427,873 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENHANCING EVACUATION OF BULK MATERIAL SHIPPER BAGS and owned by A.R. Arena Prods.  Filed February 3, 2012, by Grayling Industries.  The ‘873 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled A.R. Arena Prods. v. Graying Industries (Case No. 5:11-cv-1911 (N.D. Oh.)).

(5)         95/000,657 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,366,130 entitled HIGH SPEED LOW POWER DATA TRANSFER SCHEME and owned by Elbrus International.  Filed January 19, 2012, by Hynix.  The ‘130 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Cascade Computer Innovation v. Hynix (Case No. 1:11-cv-4356 (N.D. Ill.)). 

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,113 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,924,323 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTOMATICALLY CAPTURING AND MANAGING IMAGES and owned by Walker Digital.  Filed January 30, 2012.  The ‘323 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Walker Digital v. Canon USA et al. (Case No. 1:11-cv-326 (D. Del.)). 

(2)         90/012,114 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent Reissue No. 41,531 entitled COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS FOR RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed January 30, 2012, by J.C. Penney.   The ‘531 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Round Rock Research v. J.C. Penney Co. (Case No. 1:11-cv-1243-UNA (D. Del.)). 

(3)         90/012,115 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,459,726 entitled BACKSCATTER INTERROGATORS, COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS AND BACKSCATTER COMMUNICATION METHODS and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed January 30, 2012, b J.C. Penney.   The ‘726 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Round Rock Research v. J.C. Penney Co. (Case No. 1:11-cv-1243-UNA (D. Del.)).

(4)         90/012,116 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,627,544 entitled DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD USING IDENTIFICATION PROTOCOL and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed January 30, 2012, by J.C. Penney.   The ‘544 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Round Rock Research v. J.C. Penney Co. (Case No. 1:11-cv-1243-UNA (D. Del.)).

(5)         90/012,117 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,500,650 entitled DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD USING IDENTIFICATION PROTOCOL and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed January 30, 2012, by J.C. Penney.   The ‘650 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Round Rock Research v. J.C. Penney Co. (Case No. 1:11-cv-1243-UNA (D. Del.)).

(6)         90/012,118 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,152,137 entitled PLIABLE AND RESILIENT SEALING PAD and owned by Geltight Enterprises.  Filed January 31, 2012. 

(7)         90/012,119 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,752,142 entitled COMMON CARRIER SYSTEM and owned by INTTRA, Inc.  Filed February 1, 2012, likely by GT Nexus.  The ‘142 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled GT Nexus v. INTTRA, Inc. (Case No. 3:11-cv-2145 (N.D. Cal.)).

(8)         90/012,120 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,756,794 entitled COMMON CARRIER SYSTEM and owned by INTTRA, Inc.  Filed February 1, 2012, likely by GT Nexus.  The ‘794 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled GT Nexus v. INTTRA, Inc. (Case No. 3:11-cv-2145 (N.D. Cal.)).

(9)         90/012,121 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,761, 387 entitled COMMON CARRIER SYSTEM and owned by INTTRA, Inc.  Filed February 1, 2012, likely by GT Nexus.  The ‘387 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled GT Nexus v. INTTRA, Inc. (Case No. 3:11-cv-2145 (N.D. Cal.)).

(10)     90/012,122 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,827,119 entitled COMMON CARRIER SYSTEM and owned by INTTRA, Inc.  Filed February 1, 2012, likely by GT Nexus.  The ‘119 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled GT Nexus v. INTTRA, Inc. (Case No. 3:11-cv-2145 (N.D. Cal.)).

(11)     90/012,123 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,775,873 entitled APPARATUS FOR REMOVING HAIR FROM A DRAIN and owned by Eugene Luoma.  Filed February 1, 2012.  

(12)     90/012,124 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,566,913 entitled WRIST REST APPARATUS and owned by David Prokop.  Filed February 2, 2012. 

(13)     90/012,125 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. entitled SWITCH IT and owned by Filed February 2, 2012.  

(14)     90/012,126 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,845,219 entitled MOBILE STATION HAVING PRIORITY CALL ALTERING FUNCTION DURING SILENT SERVICE MODE and owned by MobileMedia Ideas.  Filed February 3, 2012, likely by Research In Motion.  The ‘219 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled MobileMedia v. Research in Motion (Case No. 3:11-cv-2353 (N.D. Tex.)).

(15)     90/012,127 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,917,783 entitled SATELLITE BROADCAST RECEIVING AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM and owned by Global Communications.  Filed February 3, 2012. 

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