The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) saw the number of petitions for AIA review in November hold fairly steady at 111 (compared to October’s 128) as the US Supreme Court continued its review of the constitutionality of inter partes review (IPR) in Oil States v. Greene’s Energy Services, for which oral arguments were held on November 27. Among the NPEs targeted by petitions brought in November were publicly traded Quarterhill Inc. and Xperi Corporation, prolific litigant Brian Yates, and several privately held NPEs waging networking campaigns, including Alacritech, Inc.; Iridescent Networks, Inc.; Monument Patent Holdings, LLC; MyMail Ltd.; and Oyster Optics LLC. The PTAB also instituted trial in November for other IPRs against Alacritech and Quarterhill and for an IPR against Plectrum LLC. Final decisions issued by the Board in November include one in the automotive campaign waged by Paice LLC and in IPRs against InfoGation Corporation and VoIP-Pal.com, Inc., both of which saw their patents survive review.
Alacritech, Inc., a company founded by SCSI creator and Adaptec founder Larry Boucher, has resumed its long-dormant litigation campaign with three suits against CenturyLink (2:16-cv-00693); Dell (2:16-cv-00695); and SMSInfoComm, Wistron, and Wiwynn (2:16-cv-00692). The defendants are accused of infringing a group of eight networking patents through various servers, data centers, and services related to network infrastructure. These lawsuits are Alacritech’s first since the company switched its business model to patent licensing and assertion in 2013, after ceasing production of a line of network interface cards (NICs).
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