Ropes & Gray Successfully Defends Another GREE Patent from a PTAB Petition
Ropes & Gray, on behalf of internet and gaming company GREE, Inc., prevailed in securing a decision from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board denying institution of a Post Grant Review petition filed by Supercell OY challenging a GREE’s patent directed to virtual reality interface for a variety of applications.
The team secured a clean sweep win on every proposed trial ground. In its decision, the PTAB denied 10 patent challenges pursuant to the America Invents Act 35 U.S. Code Section 102, 103, 112(a) and 112(b) on the merits and an additional challenge based on procedural reason.
This is the team’s fourth institution win, on the merits, over Supercell’s latest PTAB campaign against GREE that began in 2017 after GREE accused Supercell of infringing various gaming patents relating to the mobile gaming blockbuster “Clash of Clans.” Since GREE filed that complaint, Supercell has filed over 40 PTAB petitions against various GREE patents. This challenged patent is not part of the current litigation dispute, but was filed to harm a valuable technology of GREE for leverage in the existing litigation.
The GREE PTAB team included IP litigation partner and PTAB chair Scott McKeown (Washington, D.C.), and IP litigation associate Brendan McLaughlin (Washington, D.C.).