Troll Busters®’ Attack on Nucleic Acid Patent one of the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of June 4, 2012

Scott Daniels | June 11, 2012

Jeff Oster, who operates out of offices on Mercer Island, Washington under the descriptive nom de plumeTroll Busters®,” was busy last week.  On Wednesday he filed a 356-page request, containing 16 distinct SNQs, seeking reexamination U.S. Patent No. 5,928,907 (see ex parte Request No. (6)).  It’s always difficult for an outsider to measure the strength of a reexamination request, but this one has the look and heft of an effective one.  The Request begins with the description of Troll Busters as “working to promote new technologies by protecting the public from over-broad patent rights used for extortion and ‘troll-like’ demands….”

Arteris requested reexamination of Sonics’ on-chip system patent (see inter partes Request No. (4)).  This is at least the second Sonics patent challenged by ArterisSonics has sued Arteris in the Northern District of California for infringement of those two patents, plus six other patents. 

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/002,010 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,854,285 entitled SUSPENSION ARCHITECTURE FOR A SNOWMOBILE and owned by Polaris Industries.  Filed June 5, 2012, by BRP.  

(2)         95/002,011 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,151,923 entitled SUSPENSION ARCHITECTURE FOR A SNOWMOBILE and owned by Polaris Industries.  Filed June 5, 2012, by BRP

(3)         95/002,012 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,113,867 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DETECTING OBSTACLES TO VEHICLE MOTION AND DETERMINING TIME TO CONTACT THEREWITH USING SEQUENCES OF IMAGES and owned by Mobileye Technologies.  Filed June 6, 2012, by iOnRoad.  The ‘867 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Mobileye Technologies v. iOnRoad et al. (Case No. 1:12-cv-1994 (S.D.N.Y.)). 

(4)         95/000,671 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,266,786 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CONFIGURABLE ADDRESS MAPPING AND PROTECTION ARCHITECTURE AND HARDWARE FOR 0N-CHIP SYSTEMS and owned by Sonics.  Filed May 31, 2012, by Arteris.  The ‘786 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Sonics v. Arteris (Case No. 4:11-cv-5311 (N.D. Cal.)). 

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,336 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,955,141 entitled PROCESS FOR SILVER PLATING IN PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURE and owned by Alpha Metals.  Filed June 4, 2012.  

(2)         90/012,337 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,092,559 entitled GENERATION OF HYDROGEN FROM HYDROCARBON BEARING MATERIALS and owned by Luca Technologies.  Filed June 4, 2012.  

(3)         90/012,338 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,319,543 entitled PROCESS FOR SILVER PLATING IN PRINTED CIRCUIT BOARD MANUFACTURE and owned by Alpha Metals.  Filed June 5, 2012.  

(4)         90/012,339 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,126,991 entitled METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR VALIDATING REAL-TIME NETWORK COMMUNICATION and owned by TicketMaster.  Filed June 5, 2012.  

(5)         90/012,340 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,827,178 entitled LARYNGOSCOPE FOR USE IN TRACHEA INTUBATION and owned by Charles Baxley.  Filed June 6, 2012.  

(6)         90/012,341 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,928,907 entitled SYSTEM FOR REAL TIME DETECTION OF NUCLEIC ACID AMPLIFICATION PRODUCTS and owned by Life Technologies.  Filed June 6, 2012, by Troll Busters.  

(7)         90/012,342 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,779,118 entitled USER SPECIFIC AUTOMATIC DATA REDIRECTION SYSTEM and owned by Linksmart Wireless Technology.  Filed June 8, 2012.  

(8)         90/012,343 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,482,539 entitled MULTIPLE STAGE SEMI-PERMEABLE MEMBRANE PROCESS AND APPARATUS FOR GAS SEPARATION and owned by Enerfex.  Filed June 8, 2012.   The ‘539 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Enerfex v. UOP et al. (Case No. 1:11-cv-1054 (D. Del.)).

(9)         90/012,344 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,386,555 entitled POST-SESSION INTERNET ADVERTISING SYSTEM and owned by Exit Exchange.  Filed June 8, 2012.  

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