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Blue Calypso sues LivingSocial

Blue Calypso sues LivingSocial

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PLAINTIFF BLUE CALYPSO’S ORIGINAL COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENTAND JURY DEMAND
 
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXASMARSHALL DIVISION
 
BLUE CALYPSO, INC.,Plaintiff,v.LIVINGSOCIAL, INC.,Defendant.Civil Action No. ________________JURY TRIAL DEMANDEDORIGINAL COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
For its Complaint against Defendant LivingSocial, Inc. (“LivingSocial” or “Defendant”),Plaintiff Blue Calypso, Inc. (“Blue Calypso” or “Plaintiff”) alleges the following:
NATURE OF THE ACTION
1.
 
This is a civil action for patent infringement arising under the Patent Laws of theUnited States, 35 U.S.C. §§ 1, et seq.
THE PARTIES
2.
 
Plaintiff Blue Calypso, Inc. is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business at 19111 North Dallas Parkway, Suite 200, Dallas, Texas 75287, in the Eastern Districtof Texas.3.
 
Defendant LivingSocial, Inc. is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business at 1445 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005.4.
 
LivingSocial’s registered agent for service of process is Corporation ServiceCompany D/B/A CSC-Lawyers Incorporating Service Company, 1021 Main Street, Suite 1150,Houston, Texas 77002-6508
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PLAINTIFF BLUE CALYPSO’S ORIGINAL COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENTAND JURY DEMAND
 
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JURISDICTION AND VENUE
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This is an action for patent infringement arising under the Patent Laws of theUnited States, Title 35 of the United States Code.6.
 
This Court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a).7.
 
Defendant is subject to this Court’s personal jurisdiction pursuant to due processand/or the Texas Long Arm Statute, due to Defendant’s substantial business conducted withinthe State of Texas and within this judicial district, including acts constituting direct and/orindirect infringement as alleged herein occurring within the State of Texas and within this judicial district.8.
 
Venue is proper in this judicial district under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b) and (c) and1400(b).9.
 
This case is related to and involves the same patents involved in the followingprior action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division:
 Blue Calypso, Inc. v. Groupon, Inc.
, Civil Action No. 6:12-cv-486.
COUNT I – INFRINGEMENT OF U.S. PATENT NO. 7,664,516
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The allegations set forth in the foregoing paragraphs 1 through 9 are incorporatedinto this First Count.11.
 
On February 16, 2010, United States Patent No. 7,664,516 (“the ‘516 Patent”),entitled “Method and System for Peer-to-Peer Advertising Between Mobile CommunicationDevices,” was duly and legally issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A trueand correct copy of the ‘516 Patent is attached as Exhibit A to this Complaint.
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PLAINTIFF BLUE CALYPSO’S ORIGINAL COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENTAND JURY DEMAND
 
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Blue Calypso is the assignee and owner of the right, title and interest in and to the‘516 Patent, including the right to assert all causes of action arising under said patent and theright to any remedies for the infringement of it.13.
 
Blue Calypso has marked all or substantially all of its products covered by the‘516 Patent in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 287(a). LivingSocial has received constructivenotice of the ‘516 Patent prior to the filing of this lawsuit and of the ‘516 Patent, and at least asearly as its issuance, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 287(a).14.
 
LivingSocial has and continues to infringe the ‘516 Patent by operating acomputer-based program as shown in Exhibits C and D, which depict screenshots of LivingSocial’s computer-based program. LivingSocial’s computer-based program includesfunctionality for enrolling both consumers and advertisers and for offering deals to consumers, asdepicted in Exhibit C, based on identification of at least a geographic match between theconsumer’s profile information and the advertiser’s deal. After offering the deal to the consumerbased on such a geographic match, LivingSocial provides additional functionality forencouraging the consumer to refer the deal to other consumers. In particular, LivingSocialprovides content to the referring consumer to carry out such a referral as depicted in Exhibit D.15.
 
In violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271, LivingSocial has infringed and continues toinfringe one or more claims of the the ‘516 Patent, literally and/or under the doctrine of equivalents, directly and/or indirectly.16.
 
LivingSocial induces infringement of the ‘516 Patent by, for example,encouraging use of its computer-based program by consumers and advertisers through the use of discounts and incentives. LivingSocial contibutorily infringes the ‘516 Patent by, for example,
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