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Columbus, Ohio – Plaintiff Coulter Ventures, LLC, d/b/a Rogue Fitness (“Rogue”) filed suit against Bells of Steel USA Inc., for alleged patent infringement of its fitness products in Bell’s sporting goods stores, including their Indianapolis, Indiana, Bells of Steel USA Showroom.

PatentPicture-300x211According to the complaint, Rogue Fitness owns several design and utility patents for fitness equipment, including Patent No. 11,173,337: “Weightlifting Assembly and Weight Rack Including Weightlifting Assembly”, Patent No. 10,226,661: “Weightlifting Rack Assembly and Wall Mount Bracket for a Weightlifting Rack Assembly,” Patent No. D992,063: “Wall Mounted Exercise Rack,” Patent No. D961,020: “Weight Plate,” and Patent No. RE49,513: “Barbell.”  Rogue states that all these patented products are listed on the company’s website for the public to view at any time.

In the suit, the Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant has been purposely advertising, marketing, selling, manufacturing, and distributing products that are infringing on Rogue’s lawfully held patents. Rogue specifically identified 8 of the products Bells advertises as infringing upon the Plaintiff’s patents in their design and/or utility.  The Plaintiffs claim that the Defendant relies on “making cheap copies of products and designs created by others and only later dealing with patent infringement.”

Kalida, Ohio – The Plaintiff, UNVERFERTH MFG. CO., INC., filed suit against Silver Lake, Indiana company, PAR-KAN CO., LLC for patent infringement under U.S. Patent Laws, 35 U.S.C. §§ 271, 281, 283, 284, and 285.

According to the complaint, Unverferth manufactures, uses, and sells seed tender products protected by legally issued U.S. Patent No. 8,967,940 (“the ’940 patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 9,745,123 (“the ’123 patent”).  In accordance with statutory marking provision of 35U.S.C. § 287(a), Unverferth has affixed serial numbers to its products to identify the patents used in those products.

8767940-Patent-300x258The Plaintiff claims that Par-Kan had knowledge of the ‘940 and ‘123 patents because these patents are continuations of U.S. Patent No. 8,221,047, which Unverferth sued Par-Kan over in a similar infringement case in 2013 and had received subpoenas and a cease-and-desist letter, identifying the patents by numbers.  It is alleged that the Defendant continues to manufacture, use, and sell products that infringe on the claims of the ‘940 and ‘123 patents, which constitutes willful infringement.


Indianapolis, Indiana – Plaintiff, Disintermediation Services, Inc. (DSI) filed suit against Plaintiff, Perq Software, LLC for Patent Infringement.

DSI is a company that develops and sells software that supports omnichannel communications. DSI built implementations of its products on both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Since launching their website in 2011, Disintermediation has handled over one million chat messages.

The Defendant, Perq Software, LLC (“Perq”), according to their website, was founded in 2008 by Andy Medley and Scott Hill, two Harvard Business School alumni set out to untangle a big, hairy problem with multifamily. The PERQ platform combines AI leasing assistant automation with powerful website conversion tools.

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USPTO-Ribbon-Photon-300x169Beginning April 18, 2023, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is shifting towards issuing paper waste-reducing electronic patent grants (eGrants) to patent recipients—a new process that delivers the official copy of patent grants in an electronic format. We will provide a bound paper version as a ceremonial copy throughout a limited transition period, and then for a nominal fee thereafter.

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the following 273 patent registrations to businesses and individuals in Indiana during November 2022, based on applications filed by Indiana patent attorneys:

Patent No. Title
US 11497657 B2 Absorbent articles having channels and wetness indicator
US 11497657 B2 Accessing client credential sets using a key
US 11509641 B2 Acoustic panel
US D969351 S Active control valve for a fluid pump
US 11486386 B2 Adaptive high pressure fuel pump system and method for predicting pumped mass

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the following 203 patent registrations to businesses and individuals in Indiana during August 2022, based on applications filed by Indiana patent attorneys.

Patent No. Title
D0962397 Faucet spout
D0962393 Faucet body
D0962391 Faucet
11,432,407 Electrical component package with reinforced molded pins
11,431,040 Arrangement for lithium-ion battery thermal events prediction, prevention, and control

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2022-09-02-BlogPhotoTable-300x130Goshen, Indiana – The Plaintiff, Harper Trucks Inc. (“Harper”), based out of Wichita, Kansas, have been in business since 1940.  Harper advertises to be the world’s largest manufacturer of hand trucks.  Harper Trucks are manufactured in a plant of 40,000 square feet with full robotic and new composite-injection capabilities.

The Defendant, Gleason Industrial Products Inc. (“Gleason’), according to their website, was founded in 1946 and is comprised of three manufacturing divisions throughout three states in the Midwest: Algoma Net Company, Gleason Industrial Products, and Precisions Products.  Milwaukee Hand Trucks is the name for products manufactured and sold by Gleason Industrial Products.  Milwaukee Hand Trucks are produced in Gleason’s manufacturing facilities in Goshen, Indiana and Lincoln, Illinois.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued Patent No. 10,864,933 (“933 Patent”) entitled “Four Position Hand Truck” to Harper on December 15, 2020.  The patent generally discloses and claims a multi-position hand truck that permits a user to easily change the orientation of the handle and frame among a number of positions making the hand truck extremely useful to a wide variety of uses. Continue reading

The U.S. Patent Office issued the following 210 patent registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in May 2022, based on applications filed by Indiana patent attorneys:

Patent No. Title
D953,493 Faucet
D953,488 Faucet
D953,180 Differential pressure transmitter
D953,143 Pull
D953,142 Pull

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The U.S. Patent Office issued the following 190 patent registrations to persons and businesses in Indiana in March 2022, based on applications filed by Indiana patent attorneys:

Patent No. Title
1 D947,327 Faucet spout
2 D947,326 Faucet handle
3 D947,323 Faucet body
4 D947,322 Faucet sprayhead
5 D947,321 Faucet sprayhead
6 D947,017 Wall-engaging device for a gate
7 11,290,301 Secure engine communication
8 11,289,946 Method and system of uniform wireless power distribution within a chamber
9 11,289,850 Electrical connector having latch
10 11,289,755 System and method for thermally robust energy storage system
11 11,289,423 Ultra-thin diffusion barrier
12 11,289,321 Ion traps that apply an inverse mathieu q scan
13 11,289,194 Modular location engine for tracking the locations of assets in a clinical environment
14 11,287,414 Sample dispenser including an internal standard and methods of use thereof
15 11,287,402 Automated method for maintaining a clinical diagnostics system
16 11,287,172 Freezer dehumidification system
17 11,286,952 Diffusion system configured for use with centrifugal compressor
18 11,286,917 Motor drive system and method
19 11,286,881 Gas turbine engine with reversible heat exchanger
20 11,286,878 Variable area nozzle exhaust system with integrated thrust reverser
21 11,286,865 Gas turbine engine with variable pitch fan and variable pitch compressor geometry
22 11,286,835 System and methods for controlling flow distribution in an aftertreatment system
23 11,286,827 System and method for determining reductant delivery performance
24 11,286,826 Integrative reductant system and method using constant volume injection
25 11,286,812 Turbine shroud assembly with axially biased pin and shroud segment
26 11,286,802 Turbine shroud segment having a seal segment perimeter seal with separated buffer cavities
27 11,286,798 Airfoil assembly with ceramic matrix composite parts and load-transfer features
28 11,286,794 Erosion-resistant coating with patterned leading edge
29 11,286,707 Opening and closing system
30 11,286,690 Combination lock
31 11,286,249 Pyrrolidine compounds
32 11,286,175 Fluid stream management systems and methods thereof
33 11,285,617 Modular articulating gripper
34 11,285,540 Method for manufacturing parts or devices and forming transition layers facilitating removal of parts and devices from build-plates
35 11,285,411 Self-adjusting air management valve for a filter assembly
36 11,285,294 Introducer with sheath having a withdrawal support wire
37 11,285,049 Two layer wound dressings including removable upper layer
38 11,285,022 Spinal implant system and method
39 11,285,019 Expandable spinal implant system and method
40 11,285,014 Expandable inter-body device, system, and method
41 11,284,928 Surgical implant and method of use
42 11,284,924 Adjustable spinal implant, system and method
43 11,284,917 Surgical access assembly and method of using same
44 11,284,908 Adjustable acetabular reamers and methods
45 11,284,884 Method and apparatus for coupling soft tissue to a bone
46 11,284,817 Method for determination of an analyte concentration in a body fluid and analyte concentration measurement device
47 11,284,815 Bolus calculator time keeping between mobile phone application and bG meters
48 11,284,726 Barrier for mattress and bed deck
49 11,284,655 Surgical helmet
50 11,284,620 Picolinamide compounds with fungicidal activity
51 11,284,603 System and method for delivering nutrients to recently hatched chicks
52 D946,715 Faucet handle
53 D946,714 Faucet handle
54 D946,713 Faucet body
55 D946,708 Faucet sprayhead
56 D946,591 Display screen with graphical user interface for a glucose management system
57 D946,590 Display screen with graphical user interface for glucose management
58 11,283,264 Short-term reserve product for implementation on an electric power grid, and associated method
59 11,282,703 Preparation of an array of ultra-narrow nanowires on functionalized 2D materials and uses thereof
60 11,282,484 Illuminated acoustic device
61 11,282,365 Customized bed exit warnings to modify patient behavior
62 11,282,311 Door lock sensor and alarm
63 11,281,429 Ternary in-memory accelerator
64 11,280,795 Quantitative profiling of progesterone metabolites for the prediction of spontaneous preterm delivery
65 11,280,756 Method for detecting an interferent contribution in a biosensor
66 11,280,742 Analyte measuring system and method
67 11,280,727 Depth-resolved mid-infrared photothermal imaging of living cells and organisms with sub-micron spatial resolution
68 11,280,574 Arrow rest
69 11,280,534 Cooling apparatus and method of using the same
70 11,280,396 Fire resistant gearbox housing
71 11,280,247 Pneumatic system and method for heating compressor oil and/or components of the system
72 11,280,206 Turbine shroud segment with flange-facing perimeter seal
73 11,280,130 Top-hanging sliding door including wedge design top seal
74 11,280,109 Keycam assembly
75 11,280,091 Structural joists and methods to manufacture the same
76 11,280,057 System and method for attaching implements to different skid steer mounts
77 11,279,658 Compositions for improved concrete performance
78 11,279,266 Motor home chair lift
79 11,279,213 Truck cap
80 11,279,075 System and method for sterilization of medical instruments within a hydrogen peroxide sterilization process
81 11,278,883 Sample processing systems and methods
82 11,278,786 System and method for incentivizing and quantifying patient mobility
83 11,278,760 Physical rehabilitation and exercise devise
84 11,278,666 Medication infusion device
85 11,278,497 Co-spray drying of meropenem and colistin and the uses thereof
86 11,278,457 Incontinence detection optimization using directional wicking
87 11,278,431 Spinal implant system and method
88 11,278,391 Graft having at least one woven taper
89 11,278,372 Surgical sterilization system and method
90 11,278,325 Surgical instrument and method
91 11,278,238 Wearable sensor device and analysis platform for objective outcome assessment in spinal diseases
92 11,278,125 Topper with targeted fluid flow distribution
93 D946,147 Surgical retractor
94 D946,125 Faucet handle
95 D946,124 Faucet handle
96 D946,123 Faucet
97 D946,122 Faucet
98 D946,121 Faucet
99 D946,116 Faucet sprayhead
100 D946,115 Faucet sprayer
Faucet sprayhead
102 D946,111 Shower system
103 D946,104 Collapsible table tennis table
104 D946,087 Card for a card game
105 D945,975 Handheld controller
106 D0945,886 Container
107 11,277,081 Device and method for switching in and out a start winding of a single phase ac motor
108 11,276,413 Audio signal encoding method and audio signal decoding method, and encoder and decoder performing the same
109 11,275,123 System and method for electric meter outage time detection
110 11,275,065 Automated clinical diagnostic system and method
111 11,274,829 Shell and tiled liner arrangement for a combustor
112 11,274,707 Customizable light-up device
113 11,274,631 Methodology for minimizing aerodynamic buzz in an exhaust nozzle
114 11,274,630 Exhaust nozzle with vane support structure for a gas turbine engine
115 11,274,605 System and method for shimming a bevel gear in an IGB on a gas turbine without removal of the bevel gear
116 11,274,567 Keystoned blade track
117 11,274,470 Motorized trim
118 11,274,468 Modular and interchangeable lock plug
119 11,274,315 Chimeric insecticidal proteins
120 11,274,311 Plant promoter for transgene expression
121 11,273,962 Tamper-evident closure
122 11,273,959 Container with lid and detachable lid collar
123 11,273,925 Thermal management system and method for cooling a hybrid electric aircraft propulsion system
124 11,273,921 Variable pitch for coordinated control
125 11,273,811 Electric drive vehicle with low speed creep
126 11,273,790 Height adjusters with anti-cinch features for occupant restraint systems
127 11,273,447 Collapsible basket arrays, collapsible cellular arrays therefor, and methods of use
128 11,273,202 Formulations for bovine granulocyte colony stimulating factor and variants thereof
129 11,273,088 User module for a patient support apparatus
130 11,273,046 Spinal implant system and method
131 11,272,942 Assembly and system including a tibial cut guide
132 D945,719 Toy box and leash post
133 D945,620 Great toe implant
134 D945,610 Surgical retractor
135 D945,609 Surgical retractor
136 D945,568 Faucet
137 D945,264 Drink cup lid
138 11,271,501 Gas turbine generator speed DC to DC converter control system
139 11,270,824 Ferromagnetic accessories for a handheld device
140 11,268,485 Fuel pump with independent plunger cover and seal
141 11,268,477 Flexible seal for gas turbine engine
142 11,268,463 Techniques for improving fuel economy in dedicated EGR engines
143 11,268,417 Liquid only lance injector
144 11,268,414 Exhaust aftertreatment component with bypass valve
145 11,268,389 Blisk bonded CMC airfoil having attachment
146 11,268,300 Energy harvesting lock system
147 11,268,283 Spraying and seaming assembly
148 11,268,148 DNA methylation in inflammatory disease
149 11,267,882 Methods of detecting human IL-21
150 11,267,827 Multifunctionalized silicon nanoparticles, process for their preparation and uses thereof in electrochemiluminescence based detection methods
151 11,267,780 Compound for modulating DDAH and ADMA levels, as well as methods of using thereof to treat disease
152 11,267,768 Methane ethane crackers
153 11,267,660 Package sorting machine
154 11,267,004 Spinning showerhead
155 11,267,003 Power sprayer
156 11,266,788 Determination of a dose in a medication delivery device using two moving arrays with teeth and a sensor
157 11,266,514 Radiolucent trial
158 11,266,449 Osteotomy device and methods
159 11,266,391 Surgical retractor and method
160 11,266,183 Systems and method for compression control in a wearable compression device
161 11,266,121 Canine self exercise device
162 11,266,112 Cotton variety PX3B09W3FE
163 RE048,948 Clonidine compounds in a biodegradable polymer
164 D944,935 Faucet spout
165 D944,934 Shower arm
166 D944,933 Shower arm
167 D944,930 Faucet
168 D944,929 Faucet
169 D944,927 Faucet sprayhead
170 D944,926 Faucet sprayhead
171 D944,925 Faucet sprayhead
172 11,263,205 Access control with multiple security ecosystems
173 11,262,370 Method for operating a laboratory system
174 11,261,875 Turbomachine stage and method of making same
175 11,261,815 System and method for outputting filter monitoring system information via telematics
176 11,261,812 Model reference adaptive controller
177 11,261,795 Dual mode starter generator
178 11,261,791 Hybrid propulsion cooling system
179 11,261,750 CMC blade track with integral abradable
180 11,261,635 Door closer power adjustment
181 11,261,473 Method and apparatus for generation of microparticles containing immobilized enzyme
182 11,261,423 Compartmented cryopreservation container and uses thereof
183 11,261,038 System and method for automated truck loading
184 11,260,419 Method for coating a structure with a fusion bonded material
185 11,260,404 Tangential air cleaner with coiled filter cartridge
186 11,259,944 Stent deployment system with unwrapping deployment constraint
187 11,259,932 Additive manufactured femoral components
188 11,259,794 Method for implanting soft tissue
189 11,259,792 Method and apparatus for coupling anatomical features
190 11,259,646 Sleep enclosure assembly

Indianapolis, Indiana – Appellants, GS CleanTech Corporation and Greenshift Corporation (collectively “CleanTech”), appealed the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana’s finding that U.S. Patent Nos. 7,601,858 (the “‘858 patent”), 8,008,516 (the “‘516 patent”), 8,008,517 (the “‘517 patent”), and 8,283,484 (the “‘484 patent”) (together, the “Patents-in-Suit”) are unenforceable due to inequitable conduct. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed.

Before joining CleanTech in 2006, David Cantrell founded Vortex Dehydration Technology (“VDT”). In June 2003, Mr. Cantrell sent an email to two Agri-Energy LLC (“Agri-Energy”) employees regarding how VDT’s oil recovery system may be applicable in an ethanol plant. He also included an operational cost spreadsheet and an image of the system. VDT representatives conducted tests with Agri-Energy’s ethanol syrup in early July 2003.

A proposal dated July 31, 2003 was emailed to multiple Agri-Energy employees on August 1, 2003 offering “Agri-Energy a No-Risk trial [of the] ‘Oil Recovery System.’” The proposal allowed Agri-Energy to use the unit for sixty days at which point it could purchase the system for $423,000 or return it to VDT. That proposal was not accepted, however, in early 2004 communications resumed and the system was installed in the Agri-Energy plant in May 2004.

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