On February 6, 2018, WilmerHale achieved a significant victory on behalf of Unified Patents, Inc., when the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued its final written decision in Unified Patents Inc. v. Harry Heslop and Sportbrain Holdings, LLC, IPR2016-01464, invalidating all claims of US Patent No. 7,454,002. The '002 patent had been asserted against more than 140 defendants.
"WilmerHale did a thorough and admirable job, planning ahead for many contingencies and presenting a very strong case,” said Jonathan Stroud, Chief IP Counsel at Unified Patents. “I have never been disappointed in the quality of their work, which is to date superlative."
WilmerHale filed a petition for inter partes review on behalf of Unified on July 22, 2016, challenging all 16 claims of the '002 patent. The petition included four grounds, each of which challenged claims as being obvious. The Board instituted review on all claims challenged under each ground. In the final written decision, the Board found the claims to be unpatentable under all grounds.