Match Group, LLC v. Bumble Trading Inc.

Western District of Texas, txwd-6:2018-cv-00080

NOTICE Joint Claim Construction Statement of Disputed Claim Terms by Match Group, LLC

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS WACO DIVISION MATCH GROUP, LLC Plaintiff, No. 6:18-cv-00080-ADA v. BUMBLE TRADING INC. and JURY TRIAL DEMANDED BUMBLE HOLDING, LTD., Defendants. JOINT CLAIM CONSTRUCTION STATEMENT OF DISPUTED CLAIM TERMS Pursuant to the Court's Scheduling Order, Dkt. 73, Plaintiff Match Group, LLC and Defendants Bumble Trading Inc. and Bumble Holding, Ltd. submit this Joint Claim Construction Statement of Disputed Claim Terms for the asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,733,811 (the "'811 Patent"), U.S. Patent 9,959,023 (the "'023 Patent"), and U.S. Patent No. 10,203,854 (the "'854 Patent"). 1 DISPUTED CLAIM CONSTRUCTIONS FOR MATCH GROUP, LLC V. BUMBLE TRADING INC., CASE NO. 18-CV-080-ADA 1. Disputed Term No. 1 -- "Graphical Representation"1; Patent Match's Construction2 Bumble's Construction3 Claims '811 Pictorial portrayal summary of information Patent, [displayed on a graphical user claims 1, Pictorial portrayal of a [first, second, third, interface] 4, and 7 etc.] potential match summary of information '023 Pictorial portrayal of a first [second] online [displayed on a graphical user Patent, dating profile associated with a first [second] interface] representing a [first, second, third, claims 1, user etc.] potential match 2, 3, and 5 Pictorial portrayal of a first item of summary of information '854 information [displayed on a graphical user Patent, interface] representing a first [second] online claims 1, Pictorial portrayal of the first [second] user. dating profile associated with a first [second] 4, 7, and user 10 summary of information [displayed on a graphical user interface] representing a first item of information summary of information [displayed on a graphical user interface] representing the first [second] user. 1 The parties have also proposed constructions for the broader phrases "a graphical representation of a [first, second, third, etc.] potential match", "a graphical representation of a [first, second] online dating profile associated with a [first, second] user", "a graphical representation of a [first, second] item of information, and "a graphical representation of the [first, second] user." 2 Match also proposed an alternative phrasing of this construction as "portrayal, including some pictorial component, of. . . ." 3 Where the claims elements that contain the term "graphical representation" make clear that the "graphical representation" is displayed on a graphical user interface, the bracketed term [displayed on a graphical user interface] may be omitted from the construction inserted into the claim language. 2 2. Disputed Term No. 2 -- "Without Allowing Communication" Patent Match's Construction Bumble's Construction4 Claims '854 Plain and ordinary meaning; no construction An affirmative act to ensure no communication patent, necessary between two users claims 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 10 3. Disputed Term No. 3 -- "Preventing Communication" Patent Match's Construction Bumble's Construction5 Claims '811 Plain and ordinary meaning; no construction An affirmative act to ensure no communication Patent, necessary between two users claims 1, 4, and 7 4. Disputed Term No. 4 -- "Social Networking Platform" Patent Match's Construction Bumble's Construction Claims '811 Plain and ordinary meaning; no construction Social networking platform independent of the Patent, necessary system for profile matching claims 1, 4, and 7 '854 Patent, claims 2, 5, 8, and 11 4 Bumble also proposed the alternative construction of the broader terms "without allowing communication between the first user and the third [fourth] user" and "without allowing the first user to communicate with the third user" as "upon performing an affirmative act to ensure no communication between the first user and the third [fourth] user." 5 Bumble also proposed the alternative construction of the broader term "prevent[ing] communication between the first and the third [fourth] user" as "perform[ing] an affirmative act to ensure no communication between the first and the third [fourth] user." 3 5. Disputed Term No. 5 -- "Associated" Patent Match's Construction Bumble's Construction Claims '811 Plain and ordinary meaning; no construction Indefinite patent, necessary claims 1, 3 4, 6, and 7 '023 patent, claims 1-6 '854 patent, claims 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 6. Disputed Term No. 6 -- "text area" Patent Match's Construction Bumble's Construction Claims '811 Not indefinite. "The text area" in claims 2 Indefinite patent, and 5 is an obvious typographical error that is claims 2, 5, subject to judicial correction. "The text area" and 8 should read "a text area." Otherwise, plain and ordinary meaning. 4 DATED: May 29, 2019 Respectfully submitted, Caldwell Cassady & Curry /s/ Bradley W. Caldwell Bradley W. Caldwell Texas State Bar No. 24040630 Email: bcaldwell@caldwellcc.com John F. Summers Texas State Bar No. 24079417 Email: jsummers@caldwellcc.com Warren J. McCarty, III Texas State Bar No. 24107857 Email: wmccarty@caldwellcc.com Caldwell Cassady Curry P.C. 2101 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 1000 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: (214) 888-4848 Facsimile: (214) 888-4849 John P. Palmer State Bar. 15430600 Email: palmer@namanhowell.com Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC 400 Austin Avenue, 8th Floor P.O. Box 1470 Waco, TX 76701 Telephone: (254) 755-4100 Facsimile: (254) 754-6331 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF MATCH GROUP, LLC /s/ Joseph M. Drayton Deron R. Dacus (TX 00790553) THE DACUS FIRM, PC 821 ESE Loop 323, Suite 430 Tyler, TX 75701 Telephone: (903) 705-1117 Facsimile: (903) 581-2543 ddacus@dacusfirm.com Joseph M. Drayton (pro hac vice) NY Bar No. 2875318 COOLEY LLP 1114 Avenue of the Americas 5 New York, NY 10036 Telephone: (212) 479-6000 Facsimile: (212) 479-6275 jdrayton@cooley.com Michael G. Rhodes (pro hac vice) CA Bar No. 116127 Matthew Caplan (pro hac vice) CA Bar No. 260388 COOLEY LLP 101 California Street, 5th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111-5800 Telephone: (415) 693-2000 Facsimile: (415) 693-2222 mrhodes@cooley.com mcaplan@cooley.com Rose S. Whelan (pro hac vice) DC Bar No. 999367 COOLEY LLP 1299 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Suite 700 Washington, DC 20004 Telephone: (202) 842-7800 Facsimile: (202) 842-7899 rwhelan@cooley.com ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS BUMBLE TRADING, INC. AND BUMBLE HOLDING, LTD. CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was filed electronically with the Clerk of Court using the CM/ECF system which will send notification of such filing to all counsel registered as Filing Users on this 29th day of May, 2019. /s/ Bradley W. Caldwell Bradley W. Caldwell 6