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Kind Group v. Black Bear Promotions

Kind Group v. Black Bear Promotions

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Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-01258-WHP: The Kind Group LLC v. Black Bear Promotions, Inc. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Hon. William H. Pauley presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l7Kx for more info.
Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-01258-WHP: The Kind Group LLC v. Black Bear Promotions, Inc. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Hon. William H. Pauley presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l7Kx for more info.

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Defendant.COMPLAINTPlaintiff,The KindGroup LLC("KindGroup") brings thisactionforpatentinfringement,tradedress nfringement,falsedesignation of origin, and unfairtradepracticesagainstDefendantBlackBear Promotions,nc.("BlackBear"). For its Complaint, PlaintiffKindGroup herebyalleges as follows:
Parties1.PlaintiffKind Groups a imitediability companyorgarized,underhe awsofthe Stateof NewYork,andhas tsprincipalplaceof businessat307Fifth Avenue,5th Floor,New York,NewYork 10016.2.Upon nformationandbelief, Defendant lack Bear sa imited iability companyorgaruzednderhe awsof theStateof Maine,andhas tsprincipalplaceof businesst 28CherryfieldAvenue,Saco,ME 04072.
Jurisdiction and Venue3.Jurisdictionof this Courtwith respecto the claims set forth hereinarisesunderthepatentawsof theUnited States,as set forthin Title 35, United StatesCode, and theTrademarkAct of 1946,as amended,5U.S.C.$1051 et seq. Jurisdiction isalso founded upon
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28U.S.C.$$1331and1338(a),b).TheCourtalsohassupplemental urisdictionver hestatelawclaimsn thisactionursuanto 28U.S.C.$1367.4.Venuenthis Districtsappropriateursuanto 28 U.S.C.$$1391b), (c)and1400(b)ecauseefendantonductsegularbusinessn this District,hascommitted ctsofinfringementnthis District,andhassoldand/oroffered or sale nfringingproductsn thisDistrict.
Facts5.On Septernber3, 20ll,U.S.DesignPatentNo. D644,939,entitledspherically-ShapedLipBalm"(hereinafterothe'939patenf'),was duly and egally issuedoPlaintiffKindGroupby theUnitedStatesPatentand TrademarkOffice, on an application filed byJonathanTelleron December3,2009.Atrue andcorrect copy of the'939paterfiisattachedhereto asExhibitA.
6.PlaintiffKindGroups the ownerbyassignmentf the'939patentrom theinventor,onathaneller.7.PlaintiffKindGroupdesigns,manufactures,ells,markets nddistributes,inter alia, cosmetrcsndotherpersonalareproducts,ncludingproductssold andmarketednder he6(g6grM"andeosevolutionof smoothru"brands.8.KindGroup'sproductsremarketedhroughoutheUnitedStates ndinternationally,ndsoldn retailandonlinestores,ncludingKind Group'swebsite,s o e.evoutionofsmoo h.com.9.KindGrouphasexpendedubstantialesourcesndesigning,romoting,manufacturing,ndsellingtsproducts,randsandpackaging,ndhasbuilt a valuable usinessbased ndemandor itsdistinctively-styled, ualitycosmetics ndotherpersonalareproducts.
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10.The'oeosrM"and"eos evolutionof smoothrM"brandshavebecomeknownin themarket,andparticularly,in themind ofthe relevantconsumergoupas dentiffingthe sourceofdistinctively-styled,qualitycosmeticsand otherpersonalcareproductsandpackaging.11.1n2009,KindGroup introduceda new line of lip balm,knownas he SMOOTHSPHERETMip BalmCollection.12.KindGroupactivelyadvertises,markets,and otherwisepromotestsSMOOTHSPHERETMipBalmCollection,and has receivedvaluablepublicityandacclaim n well-knownmagazinesand otherpublications.13.KindGroup'sSMOOTHSPHERETUip Balm Collectionembodiesaprotectibletradedressntheperceptionofpurchasersandpotential purchasersofcosmeticsand otherpersonalcareproducts(hereinaftertheSMOOTHSPHERETMrade Dress").TheSMOOTHSPHERETMTradeDressisas shownin ExhibitBattachedhereto and includestheoverallappearanceeflectednthedesignsof thesMooTH SPHERETMip Balmcollection.14.KindGroup'sSMOOTHSPHERETMrade Dresss nonfunctionaland swidelyrecognizedby thetradeandthepublic,and hasbuilt up extensivegoodwilland acquiredsecondarymeaningamongthe relevanttradeandpublicas a symbol identiffingKindGroupasthe sourceof originofthe SMOOTHSPHERETMip BalmCollection.15.Uponinformationand beliefthe SMOOTHSPHERETM radeDress servesprimarilyasa designatorof originof lipbalmsernanating rom or sponsoredorlicensedbyKindGroup.16.KindGroup'spromotionalmaterialsand website areorganizedand designedoenhanceandencompassts tradedressights.KindGroup's advertisingof theSMOOTHSPHERETMipBalmCollectiondrawsattentionto the SMOOTH SPHERETMradeDressand
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