Challenges on Intellectual Ventures Computer Circuit Patents among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of April 23, 2012

Scott Daniels | April 30, 2012

An undisclosed party requested reexamination of two computer circuits patents owned by Intellectual Ventures (see ex parte Request Nos. (13) & (14)).  IV patents in this technology have come under attack by Xilinx in recent times, and it was quite possibly Xilinx that filed these requests.  Incidentally, one of the IV patents was originally owned by LG Semicon and the other by Motorola

Requests were also against four auto-navigation patents owned by Beacon Navigation (see ex parte Request Nos. (8) to (11)).  Beacon has sued quite a few auto-makers in Delaware for infringement of those patents, including Honda, Porsche, BMW and Ford.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/001,975 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,478,732 entitled MODULAR FOOTWEAR DISPLAY AND STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by DSW Shoe Warehouse.  Filed April 23, 2012, by Shoe Show.  The ‘732 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled DSW Shoe Warehouse v. Shoe Show (Case No. 1:11-cv-1797 (N.D. Ohio)). 

(2)         95/001,976 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,948,622 entitled MODULAR FOOTWEAR DISPLAY AND STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by DSW Shoe Warehouse.  Filed April 23, 2012, by Shoe Show.  The ‘622 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled DSW Shoe Warehouse v. Shoe Show (Case No. 1:11-cv-1797 (N.D. Ohio)).

(3)         95/001,977 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,437,316 entitled FLUID ANALYZER WITH TUBE CONNECTOR VERIFIER and owned by Spegas Industries.  Filed April 23, 2012, by WestMed

(4)         95/001,978 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,162,343 entitled BICYCLE SUSPENSION SYSTEM and owned by SRAM.  Filed April 24, 2012, by Shimano

(5)         95/001,979 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,841,754 entitled COMPOSITE ELECTRODE FOR A PLASMA ARC TORCH and owned by Hypertherm.  Filed April 25, 2012, by American Torch Tip

(6)         95/001,980 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,089,784 entitled GROUND-REINFORCEMENT PANELS, AND MULTI-PANEL, GROUND-DECKING ARRAYS INCORPORATING THEM and owned by Fergus Ardern.  Filed April 27, 2012. 

(7)         95/001,981 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,275,411 entitled SPIN DEPENDENT TUNNELING MEMORY and owned by NVE Corp.  Filed April 27, 2012. 

(8)         95/001,982 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,060,900 entitled SNAP ENGAGEMENT ELECTRICAL FITTING WITH FLANGELESS CONNECTOR BODY and owned by Arlington Industries.  Filed April 27, 2012, by Bridgeport Fittings

 The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,262 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,221,385 entitled DIGITAL TELEVISION WITH SUBSCRIBER CONFERENCE OVERLAY and owned by NEC.  Filed, April 24, 2012.

(2)         90/012,263 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,908,156 entitled ROUND RECLINER FOR VEHICLE and owned by Austem Co.  Filed April 24, 2012.  

(3)         90/012,264 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,173,267 entitled METHOD FOR PRODUCT PROMOTION and owned by Cooperatieve Centrale.  Filed April 24, 2012.  

(4)         90/012,265 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. D638,857 entitled MOTORCYCLE CARBURETOR and owned by Midwest Motorcycle Supply Distributors.  Filed April 24, 2012.  

(5)         90/001,266 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. D634,501 entitled SHOPPING BASKET and owned by Superbasket AS.  Filed April 25, 2012.  

(6)         90/012,267 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,713,063 entitled DENTAL TRAINING DEVICE and owned by Acadental.  Filed April 25, 2012.  

(7)         90/012,268 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,052,062 entitled CARDS, COMMUNICATION DEVICES, AND METHODS OF FORMING AND ENCODING VISIBLY PERCEPTIBLE INFORMATION ON THE SAME and owned by Round Rock Research.  Filed April 26, 2012.  

(8)         90/012,269 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,878,368 entitled NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH USER DEFINABLE COST VALUES and owned by Beacon Navigation GmbH.  Filed April 26, 2012.  The ‘368 patent is currently the subject of infringement actions styled Beacon Navigation v. BMW (Case No. 1:11-cv-930 (D. Del.)); Beacon Navigation v. Ford (Case No. 1:11-cv-923 (D. Del.)); Beacon Navigation v. Honda (Case No. 1:11-cv-932 (D. Del.)). 

(9)         90/012,270 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,163,269 entitled NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH ANTI-ALIAS MAP DISPLAY and owned by Beacon Navigation GmbH.  Filed April 26, 2012.   The ‘269 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Beacon Navigation v. BMW (Case No. 1:11-cv-930 (D. Del.)); Beacon Navigation v. Honda (Case No. 1:11-cv-932 (D. Del.)).

(10)     90/012,271 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,819,201 entitled NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH VEHICLE SERVICE INFORMATION and owned by Beacon Navigation GmbH.  Filed April 26, 2012.   The ‘201 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Beacon Navigation v. BMW (Case No. 1:11-cv-930 (D. Del.)).

(11)     90/012,272 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,360,167 entitled VEHICLE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH LOCATION-BASED AND MULTI-MEDIA ANNOTATION and owned by Beacon Navigation GmbH.  Filed April 26, 2012.   The ‘167 patent is currently the subject of infringement actions styled Beacon Navigation v. Ford (Case No. 1:11-cv-923 (D. Del.)); Beacon Navigation v. Honda (Case No. 1:11-cv-932 (D. Del.)). 

(12)     90/012,273 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,702,323 entitled WIRELESS CONTROL SYSTEM, CONTROL DEVICE, CONTROLLABLE DEVICE, DEVICE CONTROL METHOD, CONTROL PROGRAM, AND COMPUTER READABLE RECORDING MEDIUM CONTAINING THE SAME and owned by Sharp.  Filed April 26, 2012, by Owner

(13)     90/012,274 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,252,527 entitled INTERFACE UNIT FOR SERIAL-TO-PARALLEL CONVERSION AND/OR PARALLEL-TO-SERIAL CONVERSION and owned by Intellectual Ventures.  Filed April 27, 2012.  

(14)     90/012,275 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,583,816 entitled IMAGING CIRCUIT AND METHOD OF SPATIAL COMPENSATION and owned by Intellectual Ventures.  Filed April 27, 2012.  

(15)     90/009,994 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,461,353 entitled and owned by Softview LLC.  Filed April 24, 2012.   The ‘353 patent is currently the subject of two infringement actions styled Softview LLC v. Apple & AT&T Mobility (Case No. 10-cv-389-LPS (D. Del.)); HTC et al. v. Softview, LLC (Case No. No. 2:11-cv-00908 (W.D. Wash.)).

(16)     90/009,995 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,831,926 entitled and owned by Softview LLC.  Filed April 24, 2012.   The ‘926 patent is currently the subject of two infringement actions styled Softview LLC v. Apple & AT&T Mobility (Case No. 10-cv-389-LPS (D. Del.)); HTC et al. v. Softview, LLC (Case No. No. 2:11-cv-00908 (W.D. Wash.)).

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