Among the assignments recorded with the USPTO in the first half of February was a transfer from Avago (now Broadcom, after their merger) to Intellectual Discovery Co. Ltd. Patents included in that transaction, which was executed in July 2012, are currently being asserted in litigation by Document Security Systems, Inc.
The sole litigation campaign waged by South Korea’s SungKyunKwan University Research and Business Foundation (SKK) ground to a halt on May 3, when District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled that the asserted claim from the 3D sensor patent (7,957,639) at issue is invalid under Alice. In an order granting a motion to dismiss filed by LMI Technologies (3:16-cv-06966), Judge Chhabria held that claim 1 from the ‘639 patent fails the first step of Alice, as it is purportedly directed to a solution for “optimizing exposure on a structured-light 3D camera” but contains no information on an actual method for doing so beyond a description of prior art. The dismissal marks the putative end of the second campaign launched by a Korean university in the past few months, with another having been launched by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in January, and comes after ID Ventures, the venture capital arm of South Korea’s sovereign patent fund, Intellectual Discovery Co., Ltd. (ID), announced plans to expand beyond technology IP investment.
During the second half of October 2016, RPX took note of eight patent transfers to NPEs. Assignees included two NPEs controlled by Monument Patent Holdings, LLC; a new NPE managed by IP Valuation Partners LLC; and an NPE with apparent ties to Nicolas J. Labbit. Several of the transacted patents have been asserted in litigation filed over the past month.
In the second half of July 2016, RPX saw 13 patent transfers to NPEs recorded with the USPTO. A number of those transactions involved patents that have already been asserted in litigation against operating companies.