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Index Systems v. Rea

Index Systems v. Rea

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Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-00251-TSE-TCB: Index Systems, Inc. v. Rea. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Hon. T. S. Ellis presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l7KB for more info.
Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-00251-TSE-TCB: Index Systems, Inc. v. Rea. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Hon. T. S. Ellis presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l7KB for more info.

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FILED
IN
THE
UNITED
STATES
DISTRICTCOURT
FORTHEEASTERNDISTRICTOFVIRGINIA,ALEXANDRIADIVISION
2013
FE8
22P*Iq
INDEXSYSTEMS,INC.
KINGSTON
CHAMBERS
P.O.
BOX
173
ROADTOWN
TORTOLA,BRITISHVIRGINISLANDS
Plaintiff
HON.
TERESA
STANEKREA
UnderSecretaryofCommercefor
IntellectualPropertyandDirectorofthe
UnitedStatesPatentandTrademarkOffice
Office
of
General
Counsel
UnitedStates
PatentandTrademark
Office
P.O.
Box
15667
Arlington,VA22215
MadisonBuildingEast,Rm.10B20
600DulanyStreet
Alexandria,
VA
22314
Defendant
CLERKUS
DISTRICT
COURT
ALEXANDRIA,VIRGINIA
CivilActionNo.
Wia&im*
*pg*
COMPLAINT
Plaintiff
Index
Systems,
Inc.
("IndexSystems"),
forits
complaint
against
the
HonorableTeresaStanekRea,statesasfollows:
NATURE
OF
THE
ACTION
1.
ThisisanactionbytheassigneeofUnitedStatesPatentNo.8,265,458("the
'458
patent,"
attachedhereto
as
Exhibit
A)
seeking
judgment,
pursuant
to35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(4)(A),
thatthe
patent
term
adjustment
forthe
'458
patent
be
changed
from1694
days
toatleast
2254
days,
subjectto
any
disclaimer
that
may
be
filed.
 
2.
This
action
arises
under
35
U.S.C.
§
154
and
theAdministrativeProcedure
Act.5U.S.C.§§701-706.
PARTIES
3.
Plaintiff
IndexSystems
is
a
British
Virgin
Islandscorporation,
having
a
principal
place
of
business
at
KingstonChambers,
P.O.
Box
173,RoadTown,
Tortola,
BritishVirginIslands.
4.
Defendant
Teresa
Stanek
Reaisthe
UnderSecretary
of
Commerce
for
IntellectualProperty
and
Director
of
theUnitedStates
Patent
and
Trademark
Office
("USPTO"),
actinginhis
official
capacity.The
Director
isthe
head
of
theUSPTO
and
is
responsible
for
superintending
orperforming
all
dutiesrequired
by
law
withrespect
to
thegranting
and
issuing
of
patents.
The
Director
is
designated
by
statute
as
theofficialresponsible
for
determining
theperiod
of
patent
term
adjustment
under
35
U.S.C.
§
154.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
5.
This
Court
has
jurisdiction
tohear
thisaction
and
is
authorized
to
issue
the
relief
sought
pursuant
to
28
U.S.C.
§§
1331,1338(a),
and1361,
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(4)(A)
and5U.S.C.§§701-706.
6.
Venue
is
proper
in
this
judicial
district
under
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(4)(A).
7.
ThisComplaint
is
timely
filed
in
accordancewith
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(4)(A)
andFed.R.Civ.P.6(a)(3).
BACKGROUNDFACTS
8.
Plaintiff
IndexSystems
is
theassignee
of
the'458
patent,
as
evidenced
by
assignmentdocumentsrecorded
at
theUSPTO.The
entire
right,
title,
and
interest
to
the
'458
patent,including
the
right
tosue
and
recover
for
past
infringementthereof,
is
 
assigned
to
and
is
owned
by
Index
Systems.
Index
Systems
is
therefore
the
real
party
in
interestin
this
case.
9.
Under
35
U.S.
C.
§
154(a)(2),
a
successfulpatentapplicant
is
entitled
to
a
20-
yearpatentterm
beginningon
thedateits
application
was
first
filedwith
the
USPTO.
Becausethisperiod
starts
to
run
withthe
filing
of
the
application
ratherthanwith
the
grant
of
the
patent,
any
administrative
delayby
the
USPTOin
processing
of
an
application
reduces
the
applicant's
effectivepatent
term.10.
To
prevent
such
administrativedelays
from
causingunfair
losses
of
patent
protection,
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)
requires
thatthe
Director
of
the
USPTO
grant
a
patent
term
adjustment
in
accordancewith
the
provisions
of
section
154(b).
Specifically,
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(3)(D)states
that
"[t]heDirectorshallproceed
to
grant
the
patentafter
completion
of
the
Director'sdetermination
ofa
patent
term
adjustment
underthe
procedures
establishedunderthissubsection,notwithstanding
any
appealtaken
by
the
applicantofsuchdetermination."
11.
Accordingly,
theUSPTOmust
grant
successfulapplicants
upward
adjustments
of
their
patent
terms
to
compensate
for
three
categories
of
processing
delay
by
theUSPTO.
Those
threecategories,
setforth
in
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(1)(A),
(B),
and
(C)are
known
as
"A
delays,"
"B
delays"
and
"C
delays",respectively.
Only
B
delays
are
atissue
in
this
case.
12.
B
delays
occur
when
the
USPTO
fails
to
issue
a
patent
within
3
years
of
thefiling
of
the
patent
application,
excludingcertainspecified
periods
of
delay.
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(1)(B).
The
statute
provides
for
a
day-for-daypatent
termadjustment
to

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