Anascape, Ltd v. Microsoft Corp. et al

Filing 147

NOTICE by Microsoft Corp. of PTO Orders in Microsoft's Request for Reexamination of Anascape Patents (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B)(Joncus, Stephen)

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Anascape, Ltd v. Microsoft Corp. et al Doc. 147 Case 9:06-cv-00158-RHC Document 147 Filed 10/12/2007 Page 1 of 4 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS LUFKIN DIVISION ANASCAPE, LTD. Plaintiff, v. MICROSOFT CORPORATION, and NINTENDO OF AMERICA, INC., Defendants. Hon. Ron Clark Civil Action No. 9:06-CV-00158-RC DEFENDANT MICROSOFT CORPORATION'S NOTICE OF PTO ORDERS IN MICROSOFT'S REQUESTS FOR REEXAMINATION OF ANASCAPE PATENTS Please take notice of the following actions by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") in the requests for reexamination filed by Microsoft against the asserted Anascape patents. On October 9, 2007, the PTO granted Microsoft's request for the ex parte reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,222,525. Litigation regarding this patent has not been stayed. A true and correct copy of the PTO communication ordering reexamination is attached as Exhibit A. In the communication, the PTO agrees with Microsoft that nine prior art references raise twenty-five separate substantial new questions of patentability for the claims of the patent. See Exh. A, pp. 7-37. All asserted claims of the patent are now under reexamination. On August 2, 2007, the PTO granted Microsoft's request for the inter partes reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 6,344,791. Litigation regarding this patent is presently stayed. A true and correct copy of the PTO communication ordering reexamination is attached as Exhibit B. In the communication, the PTO agrees with Microsoft that seventeen prior art references MS NOTICE OF PTO ORDERS AND PATENT CLAIM REJECTIONS IN ITS REQUEST FOR REEXAMINATION OF ANASCAPE PATENTS Page 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 9:06-cv-00158-RHC Document 147 Filed 10/12/2007 Page 2 of 4 raise twenty-six substantial new questions of patentability. See Exh. B, pp. 3-29. All claims of the patent are now under reexamination. The following charts identify the current status of each of the reexaminations sought by Microsoft for the twelve asserted patents, the first chart showing the patents for which litigation has not been stayed. Patent No. (Not Stayed) 6,102,802 6,343,991 5,999,084 6,906,700 6,135,886 6,222,525 Patent No. (Stayed) 6,347,997 Reexam Request No. 90/008,373 95/000,223 90/008,379 95/000,221 90/008,480 90/008,767 Reexam Request No. 95/000,214 Status of Reexamination (as of 10/9/07) All claims rejected (ex parte reexamination). (7/12/07) All claims rejected (inter partes reexamination). (7/18/07) Ex parte reexamination ordered. (2/23/07) Inter partes reexamination ordered. (7/13/07) Ex parte reexamination ordered. (7/27/07) Ex parte reexamination ordered. (10/9/07) Status of Reexamination (as of 10/9/07) All five asserted claims rejected (inter partes reexamination). (7/17/07) N.B.: On Oct. 1, 2007, Anascape filed a response cancelling four of the five asserted claims, and amending the fifth claim. 6,351,205 6,400,303 6,563,415 6,208,271 6,344,791 95/000,226 95/000,220 95/000,230 90/008,477 95/000,222 Inter partes reexamination ordered. (6/15/07) Inter partes reexamination ordered. (7/26/07) Inter partes reexamination ordered. (6/4/07) Ex parte reexamination ordered. (7/26/07) Inter partes reexamination ordered. (8/2/07) MS NOTICE OF PTO ORDERS AND PATENT CLAIM REJECTIONS IN ITS REQUEST FOR REEXAMINATION OF ANASCAPE PATENTS Page 2 Case 9:06-cv-00158-RHC Document 147 Filed 10/12/2007 Page 3 of 4 Respectfully submitted, Dated: October 12, 2007 By: /s/ Stephen J. Joncus___________ J. Christopher Carraway (admitted pro hac vice) christopher.carraway@klarquist.com Joseph T. Jakubek (admitted pro hac vice) joseph.jakubek@klarquist.com Stephen J. Joncus (admitted pro hac vice) stephen.joncus@klarquist.com Richard D. Mc Leod (Bar No. 24026836) rick.mcleod@klarquist.com Derrick W. Toddy (admitted pro hac vice) derrick.toddy@klarquist.com KLARQUIST SPARKMAN, LLP 121 S.W. Salmon Street, Suite 1600 Portland, Oregon 97204 Telephone: 503-595-5300 J. Thad Heartfield (Bar No. 09346800) thad@jth-law.com Law Offices of J. Thad Heartfield 2195 Dowlen Road Beaumont, Texas 77706 Telephone: 409-866-3318 Facsimile: 409-866-5789 Clayton E Dark Jr. (Bar No. 05384500) cekrad@yahoo.com Clayton E Dark Jr., Law Office 207 E Frank Ave # 100 Lufkin, TX 75901 Telephone: 936-637-1733 Stephen McGrath, Esq. (admitted pro hac vice) MICROSOFT CORPORATION One Microsoft Way, Building 8 Redmond, Washington 98052-6399 Telephone: 425-882-8080 Facsimile: 425-706-7329 Attorneys for Defendant Microsoft Corporation MS NOTICE OF PTO ORDERS AND PATENT CLAIM REJECTIONS IN ITS REQUEST FOR REEXAMINATION OF ANASCAPE PATENTS Page 3 Case 9:06-cv-00158-RHC Document 147 Filed 10/12/2007 Page 4 of 4 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that all counsel of record who have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of this document via the Court's CM/ECF system per Local Rule CV-5(a)(3) on this the 12th day of October, 2007. Any other counsel of record will be served by first-class mail. /s/ Stephen J. Joncus ___________ CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

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