TechIPm, LLC’s UHF RFID standard essential patents research for the US market identified total of 170 issued patents in the USPTO as the potential candidates for UHF RFID standard essential patents as of 1Q, 2015.
To evaluate the essentiality of a UHF RFID patent, patent disclosures in claims and detail description for each UHF RFID patent is compared to ISO/IEC 18000-C technical specifications. Among 18 IPR shareholders, Round Rock Research LLC, a patent assertion entity, is the leader followed by Symbol Technology, Intermec, ZIH (Zebra), Impinj, Atmel, and Alien.
Round Rock Research LLC was founded by a billionaire John Desmarais, a famous patent attorney for his won in a $1.52 billion verdict for Alcatel-Lucent against Microsoft in 2007. Round Rock Research LLC became the second-largest NPE following the Intellectual Ventures by acquiring a portfolio of 4,500 patents from Micron Technology Inc., the biggest U.S. maker of semiconductor chips. Recently, Round Rock settled patent disputes with several UHF RFID manufactures. Round Rock Research LLC is now operating successful licensing program collaborating with IPVALUE, an IP monetization consulting firm.
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