Parity Networks LLC has added two Western District of Texas suits against Cisco (6:19-cv-00207, 6:19-cv-00209) to its network traffic management campaign. In the first case, the NPE asserts three patents for the first time, together with the only patent familiar to the litigation yet to be challenged before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). All four patents at issue in the second case have been previously asserted and challenged in a petition for inter partes review (IPR). Cisco’s accused products include various network hardware operating systems (Cisco IOS, Cisco IOS XR, Cisco IOS XE, and Cisco NX-OS) offering various network traffic management features as well as switches and/or routers running that software.
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) had an eventful April, capped by two US Supreme Court decisions addressing inter partes review (IPR). While the Court found IPR constitutional in Oil States Energy Services, in its companion decision in SAS Institute, the Court also barred the PTAB’s practice of instituting trial as to a subset of the challenged claims (partial institution decisions). As a result, since those April 24 opinions, the PTAB has begun to institute trial for all challenged claims for IPR petitions where the petitioner is likely to prevail as to at least one claim (and for all petitioned grounds, a practice not required by SAS Institute). Among the affected IPRs instituted in late April were two against Lone Star Silicon Innovations LLC, while the PTAB saw IPR petitions filed in April against Oyster Optics, LLC and Uniloc Corporation Pty. Limited. The Board also issued final decisions throughout April in IPRs against ChriMar Systems, Inc.; Global Equity Management (SA) Pty. Ltd.; Papst Licensing GmbH & Company Kg; Skky, Inc.; and Uniloc.
Parity Networks LLC has filed suit against HP Enterprise (HPE) (6:17-cv-00683), asserting three network traffic management patents already at issue against each previous defendant in the campaign—Ericsson, Huawei, Juniper Networks, and Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent)—while asserting three additional patents not involved in those earlier cases. With this new case, Parity has now brought 12 of the over five dozen, former Pluris patents received by September 2016 assignment into the campaign. The NPE’s infringement allegations target routine operations of certain HPE- or HP-branded switches and routers (e.g., performing Network Address Translation, filtering packets, multicasting, etc.)
Parity Networks LLC has filed suit against Ericsson (6:17-cv-00526), asserting seven of the nine network traffic management patents at issue in a case that the NPE filed against Juniper Networks at the end of last month. Huawei and Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent) are the other defendants in this campaign; Huawei has answered Parity’s complaint, while the case against Alcatel-Lucent was dismissed with prejudice, also on August 31. Networking devices are the accused products in the campaign, with the NPE targeting various features of Ericsson’s SmartEdge family of routers.
Last December, Parity Networks LLC added a second case to its sole litigation campaign, filing suit against Nokia (Alcatel-Lucent) one month after it sued Huawei. The case against Nokia was dismissed with prejudice on August 31; that same day, Parity filed a complaint against Juniper Networks (6:17-cv-00495), asserting nine network traffic management patents, including the six asserted against Huawei and the six asserted against Nokia. The new complaint targets a range of networking devices, including Juniper’s EX Series, MX Series, PTX Series, and SRX Series routers and switches.