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MKS Instruments v. Rea

MKS Instruments v. Rea

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Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. None: MKS Instruments, Inc. v. Rea. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, no judge yet assigned. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l7PU for more info.
Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. None: MKS Instruments, Inc. v. Rea. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, no judge yet assigned. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l7PU for more info.

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FILED
IN
THE
UNITED
STATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHE
EASTERN
DISTRICT
OF
VIRGINIA
Z813
MAR
IIP|:
3°l
MKS
INSTRUMENTS,
INC.
CLERK
US
DISTRICT
COURT
90
Industrial
Way
ALEXANDRIA.
VIRGINIA
Wilmington,MA01887-4610
Plaintiff,
HON.
TERESASTANEK
REA,
in
her
capacityasActingUnderSecretary
of
Commerce
forIntellectualPropertyandActingDirector
of
the
United
States
Patent
andTrademark
OfficeDefendant.
CivilAction
No.
/-/
3C
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°3
COMPLAINT
Plaintiff
MKS
Instruments,
Inc.("MKS"
or"Plaintiff),forits
complaintagainst
theHonorable
TeresaStanek
Reainher
capacity
as
ActingUnderSecretary
of
Commerce
for
IntellectualPropertyandActingDirector
of
theUnitedStatesPatentandTrademarkOffice(hereinafter"Ms.Rea"or"Defendant"),statesasfollows:
NATUREOF
THEACTION
1.
ThisisanactionbyMKS,theownerandassignee
of
UnitedStatesPatent
No.
8,264,237("the
'237patent")for
review
ofthedeterminationby
Defendant,
pursuant
to,
interalia,
35
U.S.C.
§
154(b)(3)(B),
of
the
Patent
Term
Adjustment
of
the
'237
patent.
MKS
seeks
ajudgment
that
the
patent
term
adjustment
for
the
'237
patent
be
changed
from544
to
944days.
2.Thisactionarisesunder35U.S.C.§154.
 
THEPARTIES
3.MKSisacorporationorganizedandexistingunderthelawsoftheUnitedStates
of
America,withitsprincipalplace
of
businessat90IndustrialWay,Wilmington,
Massachusetts01887-4610.
4.Ms.ReaistheActingUnderSecretary
of
CommerceforIntellectualProperty
and
Acting
Director
of
theUnitedStatesPatentandTrademarkOffice("PTO"),actinginhisofficialcapacity.The
Acting
Directoristhehead
of
thePTOandisresponsibleforsuperintendingorperformingalldutiesrequiredbylawwithrespecttothegrantingandissuing
of
patents.Assuch,Ms.Rea,inhercapacityasActingDirector,isdesignatedbystatuteastheofficialresponsiblefordeterminingtheperiod
of
PatentTermAdjustmentsunder35
U.S.C.§
154(b)(3)(B).
JURISDICTION
AND
VENUE
5.ThisCourthasjurisdictiontohearthisactionandisauthorizedtoissuethe
reliefsoughtpursuantto28U.S.C.§§1331,1338(a),1361,2201,&2202;35U.S.C.§
154(b);and5
U.S.C.
§§701-706.
6.Venueisproperinthisdistrictbyvirtue
of
theLeahy-SmithAmericaInvents
Act,Pub.L.No.112-29,§9,125Stat.316(2011).
7.ThisComplaintisbeingtimelyfiledinaccordancewith35U.S.C.§
154(b)(4)(A).
ALLEGATIONSThe
'237
Patent
8.MKSistheassignee
of
allright,title,andinterestinthe'237patent,as
evidencedbyrecordsondepositwiththePTOandtheface
of
the
'237
patent.Assuch,MKS
 
istherealpartyininterestinthiscase.
9.DavidJ.Coumouistheinventor
of
patentapplicationnumber
12/031,171
("the'171application")whichwasfiled(i.e.,metall
371(c)
requirements)onFebruary14,
2008(the"FilingDate").10.OnJune16,2010,thePTOmailedaNon-FinalRejectionastothe'171
application(the"FirstOfficeAction").MKSrespondedtotheFirstOfficeActionon
September16,2010.
11.OnNovember18,2010,thePTOmailedaFinalRejectionastothe'171application(the"SecondOfficeAction").MKSrespondedtotheSecondOfficeActionon
March18,2011.
12.OnApril1,2011,thePTOmailedanAdvisoryActionBeforetheFiling
of
anAppealBriefastothe'171application(the"AdvisoryAction").
13.MKSfiledaRequestforContinuedExamination("RCE")onApril18,
2011.
14.OnDecember9,2011,thePTOmailedaNon-FinalRejectionastothe'171
application(the"ThirdOfficeAction").MKSrespondedtotheThirdOfficeActiononMarch
9,2012.
15.On
June
7,
2012,
thePTO
mailed
a
Notice
of
Allowance
andFees
Due
for
the
'171application(the"Notice
of
Allowance").IncludedintheNotice
of
Allowancewasa
Determination
of
PatentTermAdjustmentwhereinthePTOindicatedthatthePatentTerm
Adjustmenttodateforthe'171applicationwas482days.
16.OnAugust14,2012,MKSpaidtheissuefeeforthe'171application,thereby
satisfyingalloutstandingrequirementsforissuance
of
apatent.

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