Vexilar Wins IPR Challenge from Deeper Over Wifi-based Sonar

Vexilar Inc, earned a victory maintaining the validity of its patented WiFi based, sonar technology in a dispute with Deeper UAB, which tried to invalidate Vexilar’s patent in an Inter Partes review (“IPR”) proceeding.

On January 24, 2019, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) issued a 44-page decision in Vexilar’s favor denying Deeper’s IPR petition to invalidate Vexilar’s U.S. Patent No. 9,628,592 B2. Related to using WiFi to broadcast depth and fish locations to a smart display, such as a smart phone, tablet or personal computer.

The case began when Vexilar’s attempts to license its patented WiFi sonar technology to Deeper ended in Deeper filing an IPR with the U.S. Patent Office.  The Patent Trial and Appeal Board found Deeper’s petition failed in large part to prove a reasonable likelihood that Vexilar’s patent was invalid, and therefore denied Deeper’s IPR Petition.