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Misty Mate v. Home Depot et. al.

Misty Mate v. Home Depot et. al.

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Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 2:14-cv-01572-MEA: Misty Mate Incorporated v. Home Depot Incorporated et. al. Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Hon. Mark E Aspey presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-laH3 for more info.
Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 2:14-cv-01572-MEA: Misty Mate Incorporated v. Home Depot Incorporated et. al. Filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, the Hon. Mark E Aspey presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-laH3 for more info.

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JURISDICTION AND VENUE
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This action arises from two claims for relief for patent infringement and one claim for relief for trade dress infringement; all claims for relief arise under federal law. The  patent claims arise under the United States Patent laws, 35 U.S.C. §271, and the trade dress claim arises under the Lanham Act §43(a), 15 U.S.C. §1125(a), thus, this Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§1331 and 1338. The Court further has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §1332 as there is complete diversity of citizenship  between plaintiff and defendants. 6.
 
This Court has specific personal jurisdiction over The Home Depot, Inc., Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. and One World because the acts which constitute the instant causes of action – patent infringement and trade dress infringement - were committed in Arizona and directed at residents of Arizona. 7.
 
This Court has general personal jurisdiction over The Home Depot, Inc. and Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., because they regularly and systematically conduct business in Arizona, including but not limited to maintaining retail stores in Arizona, and thus have  purposefully availed themselves of the privilege of conducting business in Arizona. 8.
 
This Court has general personal jurisdiction over One World because, upon information and belief, it has and continues to regularly and systematically conduct business in Arizona, including shipping products into Arizona or into the stream of commerce knowing the products would be sold and used in Arizona, and thus has purposefully availed itself of the privilege of conducting business in this State. 9.
 
Venue is proper in this District under 28 U.S.C. §§1391 and 1400(b).
BACKGROUND FACTS
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Misty Mate, headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, manufactures and sells a wide range of personal cooling products, including personal misters, misting systems and cooling apparel. 11.
 
Misty Mate invented the first pressure-operated personal mister in 1989 and has since provided, throughout the United States and internationally, millions of innovative,
 
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handheld and easy-to-use personal misters that cool the air up to 30°F. 12.
 
Misty Mate currently sells a Pro Series line of personal misters including the Misty 8, Misty 16, and Misty 24 (collectively the “Misty Mate Pro Series Misters”). 13.
 
Each Misty Mate Pro Series Mister includes a hand operated pump/carry handle, a custom pressure gauge, a water reservoir, a pressure regulator and a nozzle. 14.
 
On December 6, 2011, after a full and extensive examination, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) duly and legally issued United States Patent Number 8,070,140 (“the ‘140 Patent”). A true and correct copy of the ‘140 Patent is attached as Exhibit A. 15.
 
On August 9, 2011, after a full and extensive examination, the PTO duly and legally issued United States Patent Number D643,092 (“the ‘092 Patent”). A true and correct copy of the ‘092 Patent is attached as Exhibit B. 16.
 
Misty Mate owns all the right, title and interest to the ‘140 Patent and ‘092 Patent (collectively, “the Patents”) and has been dutifully marking its products with the Patents’ numbers in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 287. 17.
 
In 2013, Home Depot purchased assorted Misty Mate products for test marketing in dozens of Home Depot locations throughout the United States. 18.
 
At the conclusion of the test marketing, representatives of Misty Mate and Home Depot met to discuss furthering purchases by Home Depot. 19.
 
On August 19, 2013, Misty Mate advised Home Depot’s representatives, in writing, that the Misty Mate Pro Series Misters were covered by several United States Patents, and attached copies of the Patents to that email. 20.
 
In fact, Home Depot had previously been selling a misting product manufactured by Orbit Irrigation Products, Inc. (“Orbit”) that was alleged to have infringed the Patents. 21.
 
Orbit had ceased selling the accused product to Home Depot in 2013. 22.
 
Home Depot acknowledged Misty Mate’s email informing Home Depot of those Patents.

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