Skype Challenges to Three Eidos Communications Patents among the Reexamination requests Filed Week of February 13, 2012

Scott Daniels | February 21, 2012

Skype has requested reexamination of three telephone voice message patents owned by Eidos Communications (see inter partes Request Nos. (5), (7) & (8).  An infringement action by Eidos against Skype has been pending before Judge Sue Robinson in Delaware since 2009. 

Xilinx filed a request against a mobile network patent owned by Intellectual Ventures (see inter partes Request No. (9)).  The two parties are involved in infringement litigation, but it is not yet clear whether this patent is part of that litigation.  Xilinx has aggressively pursued reexamination against a number of IV patents. 

An undisclosed party requested reexamination of two semiconductor patents owned by DRAM Memory Technology (see ex parte Request Nos. (11) & (12).   DRAM has sued Hynix and a large number of other companies for infringement of those patents. 

The record for the fastest reexamination request was tied last Tuesday when an un-named third party requested reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 8,116,906 that issued the same day to Pevco Systems International (see ex parte Request No. (9)). 

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,891 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,997,044 entitled ENCLOSURE AND METHOD FOR MAKING AN ENCLOSURE and owned by Marhaygue, LLC.  Filed February 13, 2012, by Wolfpac Technologies

(2)         95/001,892 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,879,691 entitled INFORMATION AUTOCOMPLETION SYSTEM and owned by BlueTie, Inc.  Filed February 14, 2012, by MicroStrategy, Inc.  The ‘691 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Auto-Completion Solutions LLC v. Yahoo, LinkedIn, Google and Facebook (Case No. 1:11-cv-809-UNA (D. Del.)). 

(3)         95/001,893 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,456,938 entitled PERSONAL DGPS GOLF COURSE CARTOGRAPHER, NAVIGATOR AND INTERNET WEB SITE WITH MAP EXCHANGE AND TUTOR and owned by SkyHawke Technologies.  Filed February 14, 2012, by DECA International.  The ‘938 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled SkyHawke Technologies v. DECA International (Case No. 3:10-cv-708 S.D. Miss.)). 

(4)         95/001,894 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,902,107 entitled CATALYZED SCR FILTER AND EMISSION TREATMENT SYSTEM and owned by BASF Corporation.  Filed February 15, 2012, by Haldor-Topsoe A/S. 

(5)         95/001,895 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,221,745 entitled TELEPHONIC VOICE MESSAGE TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD and owned by Eidos Communications.  Filed February 16, 2012, by Skype.  The ‘745 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Eidos Communications et al. v. Skype (Case No. 09-cv-234 (D. Del.)).

(6)         95/001,896 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,212,829 entitled METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING SHIPMENT TRACKING AND NOTIFICATIONS and owned by IP Venture.  Filed February 16, 2012. 

(7)         95/001,897 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,221,744 entitled TELEPHONIC VOICE MESSAGE TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD and owned by Eidos Communications.  Filed February 16, 2012, by Skype.  The ‘744 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Eidos Communications et al. v. Skype (Case No. 09-cv-234 (D. Del.)).

(8)         95/001,898 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,224,779 entitled TELEPHONIC VOICE MESSAGE TRANSMISSION CONTROL METHOD and owned by Eidos Communications.  Filed February 16, 2012, by Skype.   The ‘779 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Eidos Communications et al. v. Skype (Case No. 09-cv-234 (D. Del.)).

(9)         95/001,899 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,937,081 entitled RECOVERY TECHNIQUES IN MOBILE NETWORKS and owned by Intellectual Ventures.  Filed February 17, 2012, by Xilinx

 The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,136 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 4,930,150 entitled TELEPHONIC INTERFACE CONTROL SYSTEM and owned by Ronald Katz.  Filed February 13, 2012.   The ‘150 patent is currently the subject of four infringement actions.

(2)         90/012,137 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,170,005 entitled DIRECT BURY CONNECTOR and owned by The Patent Store.  Filed February 13, 2012.

(3)         90/012,138 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,588,863 entitled SNEEZE GUARDS AND METHODS FOR THEIR CONSTRUCTION AND USE and owned by Brass Smith, Inc.  Filed February 14, 2012.  

(4)         90/012,139 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,822,205 entitled METHOD FOR PRODUCING MULTILAYER METAL COMPOSITE TUBES and owned by Uponor Innovation. Filed February 14, 2012, by Owner

(5)         90/012,140 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,546,924 entitled BALL-THROWING MACHINE AND METHOD FOR PROFILING PITCHES and owned by ProBatter Sports, LLC.  Filed February 14, 2012, by Sports Tutor, Inc.  The ‘924 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled ProBatter Sports, LLC v. Sports Tutor, Inc. (Case No. 3:05-cv-1975 (D. Conn.)).

(6)         90/012,141 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,347,553 entitled FORCE SENSOR ASSEMBLY FOR AN INFUSION PUMP and owned by CareFusion 303.  Filed February 14, 2012, by Baxter International.  The ‘553 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled CareFusion 303, Inc. v. Sigma International (Case No. 10-cv-442). 

(7)         90/012,142 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,182,649 entitled BALL-THROWING MACHINE and owned by ProBatter Sports, LLC.  Filed February 14, 2012, by Sports Tutor, Inc.   The ‘649 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled ProBatter Sports, LLC v. Sports Tutor, Inc. (Case No. 3:05-cv-1975 (D. Conn.)). 

(8)         90/012,143 (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 February 14, 2012, likely by Fujitsu.  The ‘497 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Advanced Data Access v. Fujitsu (Case No. 6:11-cv-614 (E.D. Tex.)).

(9)         90/012,144 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,116,906 entitled PNEUMATIC TUBE CARRIER TRACKING SYSTEM and owned by Pevco Systems International.  Filed February 14, 2012.  

(10)     90/012,145 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,451,226 entitled PLASTIC LENS COMPOSITIONS and owned by Q2100.  Filed February 14, 2012.   The ‘226 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Castlen Optometrics, LLC v. Essilor International (Case No. 2:11-cv-387 (E.D. Tex.)). 

(11)     90/012,146 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,587,950 entitled TEST CIRCUIT IN CLOCK SYNCHRONOUS SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE and owned by DRAM Memory Technology.  The ‘950 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled DRAM Memory Technology LLC v. Hynix Semiconductor America et al. (8:11-cv-1789-JST-MLG (C.D. Cal.)). 

(12)     90/012,147 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,748,560 entitled SYNCHRONOUS SEMICONDUCTOR MEMORY DEVICE WITH AUTO PRECHARGE OPERATION EASILY CONTROLLED and owned by DRAM Memory Technology.  Filed February 16, 2012.   The ‘560 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled DRAM Memory Technology LLC v. Hynix Semiconductor America et al. (8:11-cv-1789-JST-MLG (C.D. Cal.)). 

(13)     90/012,148 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,373,876 entitled SINGLE MODE OSCILLATOR FOR A LASER PEENING LASER and owned by LSP Technologies.  Filed February 16, 2012.  

(14)     90/012,149 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,779,987 entitled USER SPECIFIC AUTOMATIC DATA REDIRECTION SYSTEM and owned by Auriq Systems.  Filed February 17, 2012.  

(15)     90/012,150 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,008,786 entitled METHOD FOR DRIVING HALFTONE DISPLAY FOR A LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY and owned by IBM.  Filed February 17, 2012.  

(16)     90/012,151 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,222,000 entitled MOBILE VIDEOCONFERENCING PLATFORM WITH AUTOMATIC SHUT-OFF FEATURES and owned by InTouch Technologies.  Filed February 17, 2012.

(17)     90/012,152 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,644,987 entitled VEHICLE SEAT HAVING ACTIVE HEAD RESTRAINT SYSTEM and owned by Lear Corporation.  Filed February 17, 2012.  

(18)     90/012,153 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,508,731 entitled GENERATION OF ENLARGED PARTICIPATORY BROADCAST AUDIENCE and owned by Response Reward Systems.  Filed February 17, 2012.

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