October 29, 2014

New Filings

Google Inc. filed IPR2015-00179 challenging U.S. Patent No. 8,572,279, assigned to Ex Machina, Inc.

Google Inc. filed IPR2015-00180 challenging U.S. Patent No. 8,601,154, assigned to Ex Machina, Inc.

Nest Labs, Inc. filed IPR2015-00181 challenging U.S. Patent No. 8,571,518, assigned to Allure Energy, Inc.

VSR Industries, Inc. filed UPR2015-00181 challenging U.S. Patent No. 6,860,814 assigned to Cole Kepro International LLC.

Institution Decisions

In Phigenix, Inc. v. ImmunoGen, Inc., IPR2014-00676, Paper 11 (October 29, 2014), the Board instituted inter partes review of claims 1-8 (all of the challenged claims) of U.S. Patent No. 8,337,856.

In C&D Zodiac, Inc. v. BE Intellectual Property, Inc., IPR2014-00727, Paper 15 (October 29, 2014), the Board instituted inter partes review of claims 1, 3–10, 12–14, 16–22, 24–31, and 33–38 (all the challenged claims) of U.S. Patent No. 8,590,838.

In DealerSocket, Inc. v.  AutoAlert, LLC, CBM2014-00132, Paper 11, The Board instituted covered business method review of claims 1, 3–5, 7, 9–11, and 15 of U.S. Patent No. 8,095,461

Decisions on Rehearing

In McClinton Energy Group L.L.C. v. Magnum Oil Tools International, Ltd., IPR2013-00231, Paper 33 (October 29, 2014) the Board denied patent owner’s request for a rehearing on the grounds that the Final Written Decision relied upon grounds not set forth in the Petition.

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About Bryan Wheelock

Education J.D., Washington University in St. Louis B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Duke University Bryan Wheelock's practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications and drafting of intellectual property agreements, including non-compete agreements. He has brought and defended lawsuits in federal and state courts relating to intellectual property and has participated in seizures of counterfeit and infringing goods. Bryan prepares and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications for medical devices, mechanical and electromechanical devices, manufacturing machinery and processes, metal alloys and other materials. He also does a substantial amount of patentability searching, trademark availability searching and patent and trademark infringement studies. In addition to his practice at Harness Dickey, Bryan is an Adjunct Professor at Washington University School of Law and Washington University School of Engineering.