By Michael Oblon, Matt Johnson, and Nick Bagnolo

Although first briefly mentioned as a possibility in the August 2018 Trial Practice Guide Update (page 10), outside of one instance (Bio-Rad Labs. v. 10X Genomics, IPR2019-00567; -00568, August 8, 2019), PTAB discretionary institution denials under 35 U.S.C. § 314(a) based on ITC proceedings were a non-occurrence.  But the expanded discussion of ITC-relevance in the Fintiv precedential decision (pages 8-9) has brought on a flurry of Patent Owner Preliminary Response arguments against institution based on parallel ITC matters.  And since mid-October 2020, many of those Patent Owner arguments have been successful in getting institution denied.

The following case tracking tables identify institution decisions that discuss PTAB discretion to deny institution under § 314(a) in view of ITC proceedings (post Fintiv other than the Bio-Rad v. 10X Genomics case).  Pending rehearing requests and other anticipated institution decisions where this is likely to be discussed are also identified.

Upcoming Institution Decisions With Co-Pending ITC Proceedings

Case No. Caption PTAB Filing Date ITC Filing Date PTAB Lag Time (days)
IPR2020-01030 Cixi City Liyuan Auto Parts Co. LTD et al. v. Laurmark Enterprises, Inc. 6/2/2020 11/26/2019 189
IPR2020-01238 Apple Inc. v. Solas OLED LTD 7/8/2020 9/14/2020 -68
IPR2020-01287 Samsung Elecs Co., LTD and Sony Corp. v. Neodron 8/17/2020 2/14/2020 185
PGR2020-00089 Shenzen Shufan Innovation Tech. Co., LTD et al. v. Hyper Ice, Inc. 9/30/2020 6/16/2020 106
IPR2020-01572 Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. v. Zircon Corp. 9/3/2020 8/31/2020 3
IPR2020-01685 Google LLC v. Nokia Technology 9/28/2020 7/2/2020 88
IPR2021-00132 10X Genomics, Inc. v. Bio-Rad Labs, Inc. 10/30/2020 7/31/2020 91
IPR2021-00095 Canadian Solar Inc. v. The Solaria Corp. 11/3/2020 9/15/2020 49
IPR2021-00274 Ocado Group PLC v. AutoStore Tech AS 12/11/2020 10/1/2020 71
PGR2021-00015 Allergan, Inc. v. BTL Medical Technologies SRO 12/14/2020 8/5/2020 131

Issued Institution Decisions

Case No. Caption PTAB Filing Date ITC Filing Date PTAB Petition Lag Time(Days) Judge(s) (Authoring Judge) Institution Decision Decision Date
IPR2020-01030 Cixi City Liyuan Auto Parts Co. LTD et al. v. Laurmark Enterprises, Inc. 6/2/2020 11/26/2019 189 Patrick R. Scanlon, John P. Pinkerton, Michael L. Woods Denied 1/13/2021
IPR2020-01094 Philip Morris Products SA v. RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. 6/12/2020 4/9/2020 64 Jeffrey W. Abraham, Elizabeth M. Roesel, Michelle N. Ankenbrand Granted 1/25/2021
IPR2020-01317 Regeneron Pharms., Inc. v. Novartis Pharma AG, Novartis Technology LLC, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation 7/16/2020 6/19/2020 27 Erica A. Franklin, Robert L. Kinder, Kristi L. R. Sawert Denied 1/15/2021
IPR2020-01097 Philip Morris Products SA v. RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. 6/12/2020 4/9/2020 64 Jeffrey W. Abraham, Elizabeth M. Roesel, Michell N. Ankenbrand, Per Curiam Denied 1/19/2021
IPR2020-01239 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 7/6/2020 9/26/2019 284 Kristina M. Kalan, Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham Denied 1/12/2021
IPR2020-01240 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 7/6/2020 9/26/2019 284 Kristina M. Kalan, Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham Denied 1/12/2021
IPR2020-01197 Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al v. Gamevice, Inc. 6/26/2020 3/27/2020 91 Josiah C. Cocks, Robert L. Kinder, Matthew S. Meyers Denied 1/12/2021
IPR2020-00991 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 5/27/2020 9/26/2019 244 Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Michelle N. Ankenbrand Denied 11/30/2020
IPR2020-00992 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 5/27/2020 9/26/2019 244 Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Michelle N. Ankenbrand Denied 11/30/2020
IPR2020-01036 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 6/4/2020 9/26/2019 252 Kristina M. Kalan, Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham Denied 11/30/2020
IPR2020-00981 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 5/26/2020 9/26/2019 243 Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Michelle N. Ankenbrand Denied 11/30/2020
IPR2020-00982 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 5/26/2020 9/26/2019 243 Jon B. Tornquist, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Michelle N. Ankenbrand Denied 11/30/2020
IPR2020-00987 SK Innovation Co., Ltd. et al v. LG Chem, Ltd. et al 5/26/2020 9/26/2019 243 Kristina M. Kalan, Christopher Kaiser, Jeffrey W. Abraham Denied 11/30/2020
IPR2020-00968 Google LLC f/k/a Google Inc. v. EcoFactor, Inc. 5/21/2020 10/23/2019 211 Wesley B. Derrick, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Scott B. Howard Denied 11/18/2020
IPR2020-00754 Garmin International, Inc. et al v. Koninklijke Philips NV f/k/a Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV 4/2/2020 12/10/2019 114 Stacey G. White, Michelle N. Wormmeester, Norman H. Beamer Denied 10/27/2020
IPR2020-00946 Google LLC f/k/a Google Inc. v. EcoFactor, Inc. 5/15/2020 10/23/2019 205 Wesley B. Derrick, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Scott B. Howard Denied 11/18/2020
IPR2020-00947 Google LLC f/k/a Google Inc. v. EcoFactor, Inc. 5/15/2020 10/23/2019 205 Wesley B. Derrick, Jeffrey W. Abraham, Scott B. Howard Denied 11/18/2020
IPR2020-00772 Fitbit, Inc. et al v. Koninklijke Philips NV f/k/a Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV 4/2/2020 12/10/2019 114 Patrick R. Scanlon, Frances L. Ippolito, James J. Mayberry Denied 10/19/2020
IPR2020-00771 Fitbit, Inc. et al v. Koninklijke Philips NV f/k/a Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV 4/2/2020 12/10/2019 114 Patrick R. Scanlon, Frances L. Ippolito, James J. Mayberry Denied 10/19/2020
IPR2020-00919 Philip Morris Products SA v. RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc. 5/18/2020 4/9/2020 39 Jo-Anne M. Kokoski, Elizabeth M. Roesel, Michelle N. Ankenbrand, Per Curiam Denied 11/16/2020
IPR2020-00800 Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. Rovi Guides, Inc. 4/17/2020 4/26/2019 357 Karl D. Easthom, Robert J. Weinschenk, Kristi L.R. Sawert Denied 10/22/2020
IPR2020-00801 Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. Rovi Guides, Inc. 4/17/2020 4/26/2019 357 Karl D. Easthom, Robert J. Weinschenk, Kristi L.R. Sawert Denied 10/22/2020
IPR2020-00802 Comcast Cable Communications, LLC v. Rovi Guides, Inc. 4/17/2020 4/26/2019 357 Karl D. Easthom, Robert J. Weinschenk, Kristi L.R. Sawert Denied 10/22/2020
IPR2020-00502 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Granted 8/12/2020
IPR2020-00499 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Granted 8/12/2020
IPR2020-00504 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Granted 8/12/2020
IPR2020-00505 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Granted 8/12/2020
IPR2020-00778 Apple Inc. et al v. Neodron Ltd. 4/16/2020 2/14/2020 62 Miriam L. Quinn, Patrick M. Boucher, Christopher L. Ogden Granted 9/14/2020
IPR2020-00779 Apple Inc. et al v. Neodron Ltd. 4/10/2020 2/14/2020 56 Miriam L. Quinn, Patrick M. Boucher, Christopher L. Ogden Granted 9/14/2020
IPR2020-00223 3Shape A/S et al v. Align Technology, Inc. 12/9/2019 12/10/2018 364 Hyun J. Jung, John P. Pinkerton, James J. Mayberry Granted 5/26/2020
IPR2019-00567 Bio-Rad Labs., Inc. v. 10X Genomics, Inc. 1/15/2019 1/11/2018 369 Erica A. Franklin, Richard J. Smith, Kristi L. R. Sawert Denied 8/8/2019
IPR2019-00568 Bio-Rad Labs., Inc. v. 10X Genomics, Inc. 1/15/2019 1/11/2018 369 Erica A. Franklin, Richard J. Smith, Kristi L. R. Sawert Denied 8/8/2019

Pending Rehearing Requests

Case No. Caption PTAB Filing Date ITC Filing Date PTAB Lag Time Institution Decision Date Rehearing Request Date Notes
IPR2020-00754 Garmin Int’l, Inc. et al v. Koninklijke Philips N.V. 4/2/2020 12/10/2019 114 10/27/2020 11/19/2020 POP Requested 12/1/20
IPR2020-00946 Google LLC v. Ecofactor, Inc. 5/15/2020 10/23/2019 205 11/18/2020 12/18/2020
IPR2020-00987 SK Innovation Co., LTD. et al v. LG Energy Solution, LTD. et al 5/26/2020 9/26/2019 243 11/30/2020 12/30/2020 POP Requested 1/7/21
IPR2020-01197 Nintendo Co., Ltd. et al v. Gamevice, Inc. 6/26/2020 3/27/2020 91 1/12/2021 2/11/2021
IPR2020-01317 Regeneron Pharms., Inc. v. Novartis Pharma AG, Novartis Technology LLC, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. 7/16/2020 6/19/2020 27 1/15/2021 2/12/2021
IPR2020-01097
Philip Morris Products SA v. RAI Strategic Holdings, Inc.
6/12/2020 4/9/2020 64 1/19/2021 2/18/2021

Issued Rehearing Decisions

Case No. Caption PTAB Filing Date ITC Filing Date PTAB Lag Time Judges Decision Institution Decision Date Rehearing Request Date Rehearing Decision Date
IPR2020-00504 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Rehearing Denied; Institution Upheld 8/12/2020 8/26/2020 10/13/2020
IPR2020-00502 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Rehearing Denied; Institution Upheld 8/12/2020 8/26/2020 10/13/2020
IPR2020-00505 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Rehearing Denied; Institution Upheld 8/12/2020 8/26/2020 9/18/2020
IPR2020-00499 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. et al v. Dynamics Inc. 1/31/2020 7/12/2019 203 Trevor M. Jefferson, Georgianna W. Braden, Jon M. Jurgovan Rehearing Denied; Institution Upheld 8/12/2020 8/26/2020 10/5/2020

 

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Matt Johnson is one of the Firm's primary contacts on practice before the PTAB. Matt consults on nearly every one of Jones Day's nearly 400 PTAB cases to date. He currently serves as co-chair of Jones Day's PTAB practice.