Cisco Seeks Inter Partes Review of Networks Patent, Requests Filed the Week of December 9, 2013

Scott Daniels, Cindy Chen and Jerome Bushnell | December 16, 2013

Cisco petitioned for inter partes review of U.S. Patent No. 7,724,879 which claims a method for determining “the availability of a called party before placing a communication from the calling party to the called party” (see inter partes review Request No. (5)).  The ‘879 patent is owned by AIP Acquisition who has sued several large cable companies for infringement.  The ‘879 patent is also the subject of a pending inter partes review, IPR2013-00296, filed by Level 3 Communications and instituted by the APJs on October 31, 2013.

The following inter partes review requests were filed:

  1. IPR2014-00243 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,303,992 entitled COPPER ELECTRODEPOSITION IN MICROELECTRONICS, which is owned by Enthone Inc.  Filed by Moses Lake Industries, Inc. on December 10, 2013.  The ‘992 patent is asserted in the patent infringement action styled Enthone Inc. v. Moses Lake Industries, Inc.(Case No. 1:13-cv-1054-TJM-RFT (N.D.N.Y.)).
  2. IPR2014-00244 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,793,302 entitled METHOD FOR SECURING INFORMATION RELEVANT TO A TRANSACTION, which is owned by Leon Stambler.  Filed by Fifth Third Bank on December 9, 2013.  The ‘302 patent is asserted in the patent infringement action styled Leon Stambler v. Fifth Third Bancorp and Fifth Third Bank (Case No. 2:12-cv-675-JRG (E.D. Tex.).  The Federal Reserve had previously petitioned for inter partes review of the ‘302 patent in IPR2013-00341 and IPT2013-00409, to which the present request raises identical issues; and as well the Federal Reserve had previously challenged the other patent at issue in the infringement litigation, U.S. Patent  No. 5,936,541, in IPR2013-00344 and IPR2013-00406.
  3. IPR2014-00245 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,392,684 entitled DATA ENCRYPTION IN A NETWORK MEMORY ARCHITECTURE FOR PROVIDING DATA BASED ON LOCAL ACCESSIBILITY, which is owned by Silver Peak Systems, Inc.  Filed by Riverbed Technology, Inc. on December 11, 2013.  The ‘684 patent is the subject of a patent infringement action styled Riverbed Technology, Inc. v. Silver Peak Systems, Inc. (Case No. 3:13-cv-02980 (N.D. Cal.)).
  4. IPR2014-0246 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,815,786 entitled COPPER ELECTRODEPOSITION IN MICROELECTRONICS, which is owned by Enthone Inc.  Filed by Moses Lake Industries, Inc. on December 12, 2013.  The ‘786 patent is asserted in the patent infringement action styled Enthone Inc. v. Moses Lake Industries, Inc.(Case No. 1:13-cv-1054-TJM-RFT (N.D.N.Y.)).
  5. IPR2014-00247 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,724,879 entitled EFFICIENT COMMUNICATION THROUGH NETWORKS, which is owned by AIP Acquisition LLC.  Filed by Cisco Systems, Inc. on December 12, 2013.  The ‘879 patent is the subject of five patent infringement actions in the Delaware District Court, AIP Acquisition LLC v. Cox Communications Inc., et al. (1:12-cv-01691); AIP Acquisition LLC v. Charter Communications Inc., et al. (1:12-cv-01689); AIP Acquisition LLC v. Comcast Corporation, et al. (1:12-cv-01690); AIP Acquisition LLC v. Time Warner Cable Inc., et al. (1:12-cv-01692); and AIP Acquisition LLC v. Cablevision Systems Corp., et al. (1:12-cv-01688).  The ‘879 patent is also the subject of an earlier instituted inter partes review, IPR2013-00296, filed by Level 3 Communications and instituted by the APJs October 31, 2013.

 

The following ex parte reexamination requests were filed:

  1. 90/013,090 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 7,832,196 entitled ELECTRONIC EMISSIONS CONTROL, which is owned by WBIP, LLC.   Filed on December 9, 2013, likely by Kohler.     The ‘196 patent is asserted in a patent infringement action styled WBIP, LLC v. Kohler Co. (1:11-cv-10374-NMG (D. Mass.)).
  2. 90/013,091 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,282,875 entitled PROCESS FOR MANUFACTURING A FUEL TANK EQUIPPED WITH AN INTERNAL ACCESSORY, which is owned by Inergy Automotive Systems Research (Societe Anonyme).    Filed on December 9, 2013.
  3. 90/013,092 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 6,044,965 entitled TROUGHING IDLERS FOR BELT CONVEYORS, which is owned by Hansen Manufacturing Corp.  Filed on December 9, 2013.  The ‘965 patent is asserted in the patent infringement action styled Hansen Manufacturing Corp. v. Intersystems International, formerly known as Enduro Systems, Inc. d/b/a Intersystems (Case No. 4:11-cv-04030-KES (Dist. S.D.)).
  4. 90/013,093 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 8,603,076 entitled MICROFABRICATED NANOPORE DEVICE FOR SUSTAINED RELEASE OF THERAPEUTIC AGENT, which is owned by Delpor, Inc.  Filed on December 11, 2013.
  5. 90/013,094 (electronically filed) – U.S. Patent No. 5,255,309 entitled TELEPHONIC-INTERFACE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS SYSTEM, which is owned by Ronald A. Katz.  Filed on December 12, 2013. The ‘309 patent is also the subject of two earlier ex parte reexaminations, 90/012,065 and 90/013,033.

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