RIM Seeks Reexamination of MobileMedia Ideas’ Communication Terminal Patent, Week of January 28, 2013

Scott Daniels and Cindy Chen | February 4, 2013

On Thursday RIM requested reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,070,068 for a communication terminal device, owned by MobileMedia Ideas (see ex parte Request No. (8)).  In December MobileMedia Ideas won when a jury returned a verdict against Apple that its  iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 infringed three MobileMedia patent, the ‘068 patent and U.S. Patent Nos. 6,253,075 and 6,427,078.

The Patent Office ordered reexamination of the ‘078 patent in November, based on an ex parte request filed by RIMMobileMedia has also sued RIM and HTC for infringement of these patents.  MobileMedia is jointly held by MPEG LA LLC (50.2%), a Sony subsidiary (24.9%), and a Nokia subsidiary (24.9%).  The ‘068 patent was originally owned by Sony and the ‘075 and ‘078 patents, by Nokia.  MobileMedia is said to own 300 patents. 

InvenSense, Inc. has asked for reexamination of four patents owned by STMicroelectronics, Inc. (see ex parte Request Nos. (4) to (7)). The companies are in an infringement action regarding the patents in the Northern District of California.

The following inter partes review requests were filed:

(1)         IPR2013-00128 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,057,026 entitled LABELLED NUCLEOTIDES and owned by Illumina Cambridge Ltd.  Filed January 29, 2013 by Intelligent Bio-Systems, Inc.  The ‘026 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled The Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York v. Illumina, Inc. (Case No. 1:12-CV-00376-GMS (D. Del.)). Illumina had previously requested inter partes review of three patents owned by Columbia University (see IPR2012-00006, IPR2012-00007, IPR2013-00011). Columbia University asserted the three patents against Illumina in the same infringement action involving the ’026 Patent.

(2)         IPR2013-00129 & IPR2013-00130 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,039,507 entitled APPARATUS FOR TRACKING AND RECORDING VITAL SIGNS AND TASK-RELATED INFORMATION OF A VEHICLE TO IDENTIFY OPERATING PATTERNS and owned by LeRoy G. Hagenbuch.  Filed January 29, 2013 by Komatsu America, Corp.  The ‘507 patent is currently the subject of a litigation styled LeRoy G. Hagenbuch, Inc. v. Komatsu America Corp. (Case No. 1:123cv01079-MMM-JAG (C.D. Ill.)). The two petitions for inter partes review are directed to different claims of the ‘507 Patent.

(3)         IPR2013-00131 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,635,191 entitled MOLDED ARTICLE HAVING A SURFACE BEARING A LENTICULAR IMAGE and owned by National Graphics.  Filed February 1, 2013, by Dynamic Drinkware.

(4)         IPR2013-00132 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,806,360 entitled CREEL MAGAZINE SUPPLY SYSTEM AND METHOD and owned by Automated Creel Systems.  Filed February 1, 2013 by Shaw Industries Group.  The ‘360 patent is the subject of an infringement action styled Automated Creel Systems v. Shaw Industries Group (Case No. 1:12-cv-424 (N,D. Ga.)).

The following ex parte requests were filed:

(1)         90/012,773 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,715,639 entitled CARTON WITH AN IMPROVED DISPENSING FEATURE and owned by Graphic Packaging International, Inc.  Filed January 28, 2013.

(2)         90/012,774 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,411,578 entitled DIGITAL PHOTO ALBUM and owned by Displeigh, LLC.  Filed January 29, 2013 by Displeigh, LLC.

(3)         90/012,775 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,848,072 entitled NETWORK PROCESSOR HAVING CYCLIC REDUNDANCY CHECK IMPLEMENTED IN HARDWARE and owned by Seesaw Foundation.  Filed January 30, 2013 by Intel. The ‘072 patent is currently the subject matter of a litigation styled Stragent, LLC et al. v. Intel Corporation (Case No. 6:11-cv-000421-LED (E.D. Tex.)).

(4)         90/012,776 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,986,861 entitled CLAMP and owned by STMicroelectronics, Inc.  Filed January 30, 2013 by InvenSense, Inc.  The ‘861 patent is currently the subject matter of a litigation styled STMicroelectronics, Inc. v. Invensense, Inc. (Case No. 12-cv-2475 (N.D. Cal.)).

(5)         90/012,777 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,874,850 entitled MOS VOLTAGE ELEVATOR OF THE CHARGE PUMP TYPE and owned by STMicroelectronics, Inc.  Filed January 30, 2013 by InvenSense, Inc.  The ‘850 patent is currently the subject matter of a litigation styled STMicroelectronics, Inc. v. Invensense, Inc. (Case No. 12-cv-2475 (N.D. Cal.)).

(6)         90/012,778 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,504,253 entitled STRUCTURE FOR ELECTRICALLY CONNECTING A FIRST BODY OF SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIAL OVERLAID BY A SECOND BODY OF SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIAL COMPOSITE STRUCTURE USING ELECTRIC CONNECTION STRUCTURE and owned by STMicroelectronics, Inc.  Filed January 30, 2013 by InvenSense, Inc.  The ‘253 patent is currently the subject matter of a litigation styled STMicroelectronics, Inc. v. Invensense, Inc. (Case No. 12-cv-2475 (N.D. Cal.)).

(7)         90/012,779 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,409,291 entitled DEVICE FOR AUTOMATIC DETECTION OF STATES OF MOTION AND REST, AND PORTABLE ELECTRONIC APPARATUS INCORPORATING IT and owned by STMicroelectronics, Inc.  Filed January 30, 2013 by InvenSense, Inc.  The ‘291 patent is currently the subject matter of a litigation styled STMicroelectronics, Inc. v. Invensense, Inc. (Case No. 12-cv-2475 (N.D. Cal.)).

(8)         90/012,780 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,070,068 entitled COMMUNICATION TERMINAL DEVICE AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A CONNECTING STATE OF A CALL INTO A DESIRED CONNECTION STATE UPON A PREDETERMINED OPERATION BY A USER and owned by MobileMedia Ideas LLC.  Filed January 31, 2013 by likely RIM.  The ‘068 patent is currently the subject matter of a litigation styled MobileMedia Ideas LLC v. Research in Motion Ltd. et al. (Case No. 2:10-cv-00113 (E.D. Tex.)).

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