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On December 7, 2018, Unified added a $1,000 contest to PATROLL seeking prior art for US Patent No. 9749380 owned and asserted by Kojicast, LLC (an NPE). The '380 patent, generally related to a media streaming method and system, has been asserted against Dailymotion S.A. in the Texas Eastern District Court.

The contest will expire on March 6, 2019. Please visit PATROLL for more information or to submit an entry for this contest. 

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Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Hanhwe Kim, who received a cash prize of $1,500 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 8,909,551, owned by E-Credit Express, LLC, an NPE. The '551 patent, directed toward an electronic credit and loan processing method, has been asserted against several companies in district court litigation. To help the industry fight bad patents, we have published the winning prior art below.

We would also like to thank the dozens of other high-quality submissions that were made on this patent. The ongoing contests are open to anyone, and include tens of thousands of dollars in rewards available for helping the industry to challenge NPE patents of questionable validity by finding and submitting prior art in the contests. Visit PATROLL today to learn more about how to participate.

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Unified is pleased to announce the PATROLL crowdsourcing contest winner, Hanhwe Kim, who received a cash prize of $1000 for his prior art submission for U.S. Patent 7,050,043, owned by Proximity Sensors of Texas, LLC, a well-known NPE.  The '043 patent, directed toward a proximity sensor, has been asserted against several companies in district court litigation. To help the industry fight bad patents, we have published the winning prior art below.

We would also like to thank the dozens of other high-quality submissions that were made on this patent.  The ongoing contests are open to anyone, and include tens of thousands of dollars in rewards available for helping the industry to challenge NPE patents of questionable validity by finding and submitting prior art in the contests. Visit PATROLL today to learn more about how to participate.

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US7050043 Claim Chart - Patroll

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In a recent interview with Jan Ozer at Streamingmedia.com, Unified Patents® co-founder and CEO Kevin Jakel discussed patent licensing problems that have hindered the adoption of High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC or H.265) and announced that Unified is working to deter patent abuse by mostly foreign entities in the Standard Essential Patent (SEP) space through its first-of-its-kind Video Codec Zone.

The Video Codec Zone seeks to introduce clarity and to assist in negotiating Fair, Reasonable, and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licenses and to deter abusive, invalid, or non-essential patent assertion.  The recently launched Zone combines analytics, publication, and challenges to create a holistic solution. Some parts include tools for HEVC landscaping (OPAL), valuation (OVAL), standard submission (OPEN), as well as essentiality and validity challenges.  For example, Unified recently challenged a patent related to almost 7% of Velos Media’s portfolio.

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On December 3, 2018, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in an IPR filed by Unified against U.S. Patent 8,213,417 owned and asserted by Mobility Workx, LLC, an NPE. This decision marks the third time the Board has rejected arguments that Unified’s members are real parties-in-interest since the Federal Circuit addressed RPI in Applications in Internet Time, LLC v. RPX. The '417 patent, directed to a "system, apparatus, and methods for proactive allocation of wireless communication resources," has been asserted in the Eastern District of Texas against Verizon and T-Mobile.

View all of Mobility Workx’s District Court litigation here. To read the decision and to view the entire IPR proceeding, visit our PTAB Portal


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On November 29, 2018, Unified added a $1,000 contest to PATROLL seeking prior art for US Patent No. 9546775 which has been asserted on multiple occasions by Telebrands Corp. (an NPE). The '775 patent, generally related to a decorative laser light system, has been asserted in 7 district court cases.

The contest will expire on February 28, 2019. Please visit PATROLL for more information or to submit an entry for this contest. 

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On October 19 the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) instituted trial on all challenged claims in Unified Patents Inc. v. Realtime Adaptive Streaming, LLC, IPR2018-00883, rejecting Realtime’s argument that Unified’s members were unnamed real-parties in interest. In its first Unified decision discussing Applications in Internet Time, LLC v. RPX (AIT), the Board rejected arguments that Unified’s Content Zone members were unnamed RPIs, finding that would overextend the AIT analysis and the common law:

[W]e do not find that membership in Petitioner’s Content Zone and the general benefits accruing from such membership to be sufficient under the principles espoused by AIT and the common law to require that all such members be identified as RPIs under § 312(a)(2).

Paper 36, at 19.

Unified provided discovery and the parties briefed the issue prior to institution. The Board distinguished Unified membership from the factors discussed in AIT, noting the lack of evidence that anyone: (1) controlled, directed or directly financed the proceeding, (2) communicated with Unified regarding the filing or (3) even knew beforehand of Unified’s intent to file the proceeding. Id. at 16. The Board noted that there was “no evidence that any member desires review of the patent but is time-barred from filing an IPR,” further distinguishing AIT. Id.

The Board determined that there is a reasonable likelihood Unified will be able to show that U.S. Patent 8,934,535 is unpatentable and therefore instituted trial. The ‘535 patent is owned by Realtime Adaptive Streaming, LLC, a Realtime Data affiliate and well-known NPE. The ‘535 patent, directed to selecting, compressing, and decompressing data, has been asserted in 25 district court cases, 8 of which were pending as of the decision.

View all of Realtime's District Court litigation here. To read the decision and to view the IPR proceeding’s record, visit our PTAB Portal.

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Unified Patents and the Santa Clara High Technology Law Journal are pleased to award the 2018 CIPSC Legal Writing Competition winner, Michael McLaughlin, a 3L at Washington School of Law at American University who received $1,500 for his essay, Computer-Generated Inventions, addressing the legal issues surrounding the patenting of computer-generated inventions.

Pictured (left to right): Kevin Jakel (Unified Patents, CEO), Jonathan Stroud (Unified Patents, Chief IP Counsel), Michael McLaughlin (American University), Troy Sanders (SCU High Tech Law Journal, Editor in Chief).

We would like to thank all of the participants for the dozens of other high-quality submissions received for this contest. The CIPSC Legal Writing Competition is one of the many initiatives offered by Unified to promote innovation and excellence in the IP legal community. For more opportunities to win cash prizes, visit Unified’s prior art crowdsourcing website (PATROLL).

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On November 16, 2018, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review (IPR) against U.S. Patent 6,434,599 owned and asserted by Epic IP, LLC, an IP Edge subsidiary and well-known NPE. The '599 patent, directed to a system and method for online chatting, has been asserted in district court litigation against Backblaze, Blue Jeans Network, AutoNation, Sharp Electronics, JAND, and Fareportal.  

View Epic IP's district court litigation here. To read the petition and view the entire case proceeding, see our PTAB Portal.

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