Welcome!

News Feed Item

Unified Patents Challenges Clouding IP Patent as Part of Mission to Remove Patent Trolls from Cloud Storage Industry

Unified Patents launches next phase of anti-troll solution and files first-of-its-kind Inter-Partes Review in defense of cloud storage technologies

LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Unified Patents (Unified) announced today it has filed an Inter-Partes Review (IPR) with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) requesting review of Clouding IP's U.S. Patent No. 6,738,799 ("'799 Patent"). The IPR proceeding is a new PTO alternative to the high cost of patent litigation that is being utilized to break the business model of "patent trolls."

(Photo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130919/PH82404 )

The '799 Patent claims allegedly cover file synchronization technology deployed in the solutions of some of the most successful cloud storage companies. Unified's request states that prior art references available before the '799 patent's earliest priority date raise substantial new questions about the patentability of the patent's claims.

"Clouding IP has gained a reputation as a patent 'troll' and is pursuing litigation against a number of defendants for allegedly infringing a patent we firmly believe to be invalid," said Kevin Jakel, founder of Unified. "We want all non-practicing entities (NPEs) to know that Unified will vigorously challenge invalid patents being asserted in cloud storage. We are pleased to be at the forefront of protecting strategic technologies from NPE activity." 

In addition to Oracle, Clouding IP has asserted this patent in district court litigation against Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Rackspace, SAP, Dropbox, Verizon, and EMC. Clouding IP has also sued over a dozen additional companies based on other patents.

This new IPR against the '799 patent marks the first for Unified's recently launched Cloud Storage Micro-Pool, which introduces a cost-effective solution for companies to protect strategic technologies from NPE encroachment, like cloud storage. Unified's solution uniquely monitors a protected technology on behalf of large and small companies to identify NPE activity early, and efficiently confronts invalid patents using a host of defensive and offensive strategies.

Brad Lytle, managing partner at Oblon Spivak, commented, "Companies were previously forced to decide between paying to license patents they do not think are valid or paying to defend themselves in court. As the number one filer of post-grant challenges in the U.S., our firm has demonstrated that we can break this model by strategic use of post-grant filings. Unified Patents is doing a public service by protecting strategic technologies from NPE activity."

"We are using all of the tools at our disposal to protect strategic technologies from NPEs," said Jakel. "Inter-partes review, like the one we are pursuing against Clouding IP, is just one of those tools."

ABOUT UNIFIED PATENTS

Unified Patents (Unified) counters the risk and cost of patent troll litigation by protecting strategic technologies. Unified's unique solution partners startups, SMBs and large companies and then proactively deters patent troll activity using deep patent expertise, patent troll monitoring, market intelligence, advisory services, and USPTO challenges. By protecting a strategic technology, Unified mitigates patent troll risk for its members' most important products and services. More information can be found at www.unifiedpatents.com.

PRESS CONTACT – Shawn Ambwani     415-250-4245

Read more news from Unified Patents.

SOURCE Unified Patents

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Jo Peterson is VP of Cloud Services for Clarify360, a boutique sourcing and benchmarking consultancy focused on transforming technology into business advantage. Clarify360 provides custom, end-to-end solutions from a portfolio of more than 170 suppliers globally. As an engineer, Jo sources net new technology footprints, and is an expert at optimizing and benchmarking existing environments focusing on Cloud Enablement and Optimization. She and her team work with clients on Cloud Discovery, Cloud ...
Founded in 2000, Chetu Inc. is a global provider of customized software development solutions and IT staff augmentation services for software technology providers. By providing clients with unparalleled niche technology expertise and industry experience, Chetu has become the premiere long-term, back-end software development partner for start-ups, SMBs, and Fortune 500 companies. Chetu is headquartered in Plantation, Florida, with thirteen offices throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Everyone wants the rainbow - reduced IT costs, scalability, continuity, flexibility, manageability, and innovation. But in order to get to that collaboration rainbow, you need the cloud! In this presentation, we'll cover three areas: First - the rainbow of benefits from cloud collaboration. There are many different reasons why more and more companies and institutions are moving to the cloud. Benefits include: cost savings (reducing on-prem infrastructure, reducing data center foot print, redu...
The technologies behind big data and cloud computing are converging quickly, offering businesses new capabilities for fast, easy, wide-ranging access to data. However, to capitalize on the cost-efficiencies and time-to-value opportunities of analytics in the cloud, big data and cloud technologies must be integrated and managed properly. Pythian's Director of Big Data and Data Science, Danil Zburivsky will explore: The main technology components and best practices being deployed to take advantage...
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addr...
SYS-CON Events announced today that DatacenterDynamics has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7–9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. DatacenterDynamics is a brand of DCD Group, a global B2B media and publishing company that develops products to help senior professionals in the world's most ICT dependent organizations make risk-based infrastructure and capacity decisions.
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
Dynatrace is an application performance management software company with products for the information technology departments and digital business owners of medium and large businesses. Building the Future of Monitoring with Artificial Intelligence Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more busi...
New competitors, disruptive technologies, and growing expectations are pushing every business to both adopt and deliver new digital services. This ‘Digital Transformation’ demands rapid delivery and continuous iteration of new competitive services via multiple channels, which in turn demands new service delivery techniques – including DevOps. In this power panel at @DevOpsSummit 20th Cloud Expo, moderated by DevOps Conference Co-Chair Andi Mann, panelists examined how DevOps helps to meet the de...
Nicolas Fierro is CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions. He is a programmer, technologist, and operations dev who has worked with Ethereum and blockchain since 2014. His knowledge in blockchain dates to when he performed dev ops services to the Ethereum Foundation as one the privileged few developers to work with the original core team in Switzerland.
"When you think about the data center today, there's constant evolution, The evolution of the data center and the needs of the consumer of technology change, and they change constantly," stated Matt Kalmenson, VP of Sales, Service and Cloud Providers at Veeam Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Cloud-enabled transformation has evolved from cost saving measure to business innovation strategy -- one that combines the cloud with cognitive capabilities to drive market disruption. Learn how you can achieve the insight and agility you need to gain a competitive advantage. Industry-acclaimed CTO and cloud expert, Shankar Kalyana presents. Only the most exceptional IBMers are appointed with the rare distinction of IBM Fellow, the highest technical honor in the company. Shankar has also receive...
Today, we have more data to manage than ever. We also have better algorithms that help us access our data faster. Cloud is the driving force behind many of the data warehouse advancements we have enjoyed in recent years. But what are the best practices for storing data in the cloud for machine learning and data science applications?
Andi Mann, Chief Technology Advocate at Splunk, is an accomplished digital business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, innovator, marketer, and communicator. For over 30 years across five continents, he has built success with Fortune 500 corporations, vendors, governments, and as a leading research analyst and consultant.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science" is responsible for guiding the technology strategy within Hitachi Vantara for IoT and Analytics. Bill brings a balanced business-technology approach that focuses on business outcomes to drive data, analytics and technology decisions that underpin an organization's digital transformation strategy.