The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) saw a decline in petitions for AIA review filed against NPES in April 2017. While the total number of April petitions, 120, was somewhat less than the three-year monthly average of 150, NPEs were hit by 20 petitions in April, a 68.8 percent decline from 64 the previous month. The dip in April PTAB filings comes in the midst of an overall increase in PTAB petitions over the previous year, with the total number of petitions filed so far in fiscal year 2017 nearing 1,200 as of the date of this report (compared to just over 930 petitions during the same period last year). Prolific private litigants remain a regular target for PTAB petitions, with petitions filed in April against IP Edge LLC and Uniloc Corporation Pty. Limited, while Acacia Research Corporation was the only publicly traded NPE named in petitions brought during that month.
Adaptix [NPE], a subsidiary of Acacia Research, filed suit on May 11 against T-Mobile, alleging that the carrier’s wireless base stations infringe five patents related to cellular technology. Adaptix was acquired by Acacia in January 2012. The patents-in-suit originated with Broadstorm Telecommunications, Adaptix’s predecessor. Adaptix operated as a 4G equipment manufacturer until 2008, and then divested its equipment [...]
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