Challenge to Suffolk Technologies “Snippet” Internet Search Patent Among the Reexamination Requests Filed Week of August 3, 2012

Scott Daniels | August 13, 2012

Suffolk Technologies sued AOL and Google in June for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,334,132 that claims an apparatus for summarizing “data sets” for use in searching the Internet.  On Friday, an undisclosed party requested reexamination of the ‘132 patent (see ex parte Request No. (9)).  Companies such as AOL and Google typically choose inter partes reexamination, but only ex parte reexamination was available against the ‘132 patent because of its early filing date.  The ‘132 patent and a second patent in Suffolk’s case, U.S. Patent No. 6,081,835, were originally assigned to British Telecommunication but later transferred to Suffolk.  A request against the ‘835 patent is expected soon.

Sony Computer Entertainment requested reexamination of a Walker Digital patent concerning an on-line tournament system (see inter partes Request No. (2)).  .  Walker Digital has sued Sony and host of other software companies for infringing the patent.

The following inter partes requests were filed:

(1)         95/002,067 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,152,129 entitled PLINTHS CONSTRUCTED OF PLASTIC MATERIAL and owned by Polyslab International.  Filed August 6, 2012 by DiversiTech Corp.  The ‘129 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Evolve Composites et al. v. DiversiTech Corp. (Case No. 1:12-cv-2028 (N.D. Ga.)).

(2)         95/002,068 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,224,486 entitled DATABASE DRIVEN ONLINE DISTRIBUTED TOURNAMENT SYSTEM and owned by Walker Digital.  Filed August 7, 2012, by Sony Computer Entertainment America.  The ‘486 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Walker Digital v. Ubisoft et al. (Case No. 1:11-cv-368 (D. Del.)).

(3)         95/002,069 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,859,957 entitled BABY CRIB and owned by Wonderland Nurseygoods.  Filed August 7, 2012, by Thorley Industries.

(4)         95/002,070 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,548,970 entitled SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING MAINTENANCE OF BUILDING FACILITIES and owned by TangoPoint.  Filed August 7, 2012, by MicroStrategy.  The ‘970 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Automated Facilities Management v. Assetpoint (Case No. 6:12-cv-408 (D.S.C.)).

(5)         95/002,071 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,594,981 entitled METHOD FOR CONCENTRATING WATER-SOLUBLE ORGANIC MATERIAL and owned by Mitsubishi Chemical.  Filed August 8, 2012, by Hitachi Zosen.

(6)         95/002,072 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,416,573 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR SUPPRESSING SPARKS.  Filed August 8, 2012, by Ultra-Flow Inc.

(7)         95/000,676 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,293,385 entitled MODULAR TRIGGER GROUP FOR FIREARMS AND FIREARM HAVING A MODULAR TRIGGER GROUP and owned by O.F. Mossberg.  Filed July 23, 2012, by Timney Manufacturing.  The ‘385 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled O.F. Mossberg v. Timney Triggers (Case No. 3:12-cv-198 (D. Conn.)).

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,418 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,415,812 entitled APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PACKING SMOKING ARTICLES and owned by British American Tobacco.  Filed August 6, 2012.

(2)         90/012,419 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,382,277 entitled SYSTEM FOR TRACKING SUSPICIOUS VEHICULAR ACTIVITY and owned by Edward D. Ioli Trust.  Filed August 6, 2012.   The ‘277 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Edward D. Ioli Trust & General Traffic Controls v. Avigilon Corp. et al. (Case No 2:10-cv-605 (E.D. Tex.)).

(3)         90/012,421 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,775,739 entitled METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REDUCING CONSTRUCTION TRACK OUT and owned by Trackout Industries.  Filed August 8, 2012.   The ‘739 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Trackout Industries v. Pro-Tec Equipment (Case No. 2:12-cv-340 (D. Utah)).

(4)         90/012,422 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,059,799 entitled METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REDUCING CONSTRUCTION SITE TRACK OUT and owned by Trackout Industries.  Filed August 8, 2012.   The ‘799 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Trackout Industries v. Pro-Tec Equipment (Case No. 2:12-cv-340 (D. Utah)).

(5)         90/012,423 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,981,818 entitled METHOD AND DEVICE FOR REDUCING CONSTRUCTION SITE TRACK OUT and owned by Trackout Industries.  Filed August 8, 2012.   The ‘818 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Trackout Industries v. Pro-Tec Equipment (Case No. 2:12-cv-340 (D. Utah)).

(6)         90/012,424 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,598,235 entitled GARMENT, UNDERGARMENT OR GARMENT LINER ACCOMMODATING A HEATING DEVICE and owned by Lavagear.  Filed August 8, 2012.

(7)         90/012,425 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,791,501 entitled VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION, TRACKING AND PARKING ENFORCEMENT SYSTEM and owned by Edward D. Ioli TrustFiled August 8, 2012.   The ‘501 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Edward D. Ioli Trust & General Traffic Controls v. Avigilon Corp. et al. (Case No 2:10-cv-605 (E.D. Tex.)).

(8)         90/012,426 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,086,935 entitled CELLULOSE-CONTAINING POLISHING COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS RELATING THERETO and owned by Rohm and Haas.  Filed August 9, 2012.

(9)         90/012,427 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,334,132 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR CREATING A CUSTOMIZED SUMMARY OF TEXT BY SELECTION OF SUB-SECTIONS THEREOF RANKED BY COMPARISON TO TARGET DATA ITEMS and owned by Suffolk Technologies.  Filed August 10, 2012.   The ‘132 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Suffolk Technologies v. AOL and Google (Case No. 1:12-cv-625 (E.D. Va.)).

(10)     90/012,428 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,222,575 entitled APPARATUS FOR PREPARING SOIL FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SEED AND ADDITIVE and owned by Dawn Equipment Co.  Filed August 10, 2012, likely by Ag Focus.   The ‘575 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Dawn Equipment Co. v. Ag Focus (Case No. 1:11-cv-1428 (C.D. Ill).

(11)     90/012,429 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,420,751 entitled ULTRA HIGH DENSITY MODULAR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT PACKAGE and owned by Entorian Technologies.  Filed August 10, 2012, likely by Polystak.  The ‘751 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled Polystak v. Entorian Technologies (Case No. 3:12-cv-1048 (N.D. Cal.)).

(12)     90/012,430 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,031,064 entitled TIRE PRESSURE DETECTING APPARATUS AND TIRE PRESSURE DETECTOR IDENTIFICATION COPYING METHOD FOR THE SAME and owned by Orange Electronic.  Filed August 10, 2012.

(13)     90/020,008 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,686,726 entitled COMPOSITION OF MATTER OF A POPULATION OF MULTIPLY CHARGED IONS DERIVED FROM POLYATOMIC PARENT MOLECULAR SPECIES and owned by PerkinElmer Health Sciences.  Filed July 17, 2012, by Agilent Technologies.   The ‘726 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled PerkinElmer Health Sciences v. Agilent Technologies (Case No. 1:12-cv-10562 (D. Mass.)).

(14)     90/020,010 (paper filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,381,666 entitled METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR EXTENDING RANGE OF THE UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS PROTOCOL and owned by Icron Technologies.  Filed July 23, 2012.

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