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Complaint

Complaint

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INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTFORTHESOUTHERNDISTRICTOFTEXASHOUSTONDIVISION
HUMPHREYS
&
PARTNERS
ARCHITECTS,L.P.,Plaintiff,
§§§§§§§§§
§
§
CivilActionNo.
----
vs.JURYDEMANDED
BUCKHEADINVESTMENT
PARTNERS,INC.,EDIARCHITECTURE,INC.,EDIINTERNATIONAL,INC.,Defendants.ORIGINALCOMPLAINTANDAPPLICATIONFORPRELIMINARYANDPERMANENTINJUNCTIONS
Humphreys
&
PartnersArchitects,L.P.,plaintiff,filesthisComplaintandApplicationforPreliminaryandPermanentInjunctionsagainstBuckheadInvestmentPartners,Inc.,EDIArchitecture,Inc.andEDIInternational,Inc.andforitscauseofactionwouldrespectfullyshowtheCourtand
Jury
thefollowing:
Parties
1.PlaintiffHumphreys
&
PartnersArchitects,L.P.("Humphreys")isaTexaslimitedliabilitycompanywithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinDallas,Texas.2.DefendantBuckheadInvestmentPartners,Inc.("Buckhead")isacorporationorganizedunderthelawsofTexaswithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinHouston,Texas.Buckheadmaybeservedthroughitsregisteredagent,MatthewJ.Morgan,2536-FAmherstSt.,Houston,Texas77005.
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3.DefendantEDIArchitecture,Inc.isacorporationorganizedunderthelawsofTexaswithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinHouston,Texas.EDIArchitecture,Inc.maybeservedthroughitsregisteredagent,Britten
L.
Perkins,10550RichmondAve.,Suite160,Houston,Texas77042.4.DefendantEDIInternational,Inc.isacorporationorganizedunderthelawsofTexaswithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinHouston,Texas.EDIInternational,Inc.maybeservedthroughitsregisteredagent,Britten
L.
Perkins,10550RichmondAve.,Suite160,Houston,Texas77042.5.EDIArchitectureandEDIInternational,Inc.willbereferredtocollectivelyasthe"EDIdefendants."
JurisdictionandVenue
6.ThisCourthassubjectmatterjurisdictionofthiscaseunder28U.S.C.
§
1338becausethisactionarisesunderfederalcopyrightlaw,17U.S.c.
§
101
etseq.
7.Venueisproperinthisdistrictunder28U.S.C.
§
1400(a)becausealldefendantsresideandmaybefoundinthisdistrict.Furthermore,orinthealternative,venueisproperinthisdistrictunder28U.S.C.
§
1391(b)becausealldefendantsresideinthisdistrictandintheStateofTexas,andasubstantialpartoftheeventsgivingrisetotheclaimsatissueoccurredinthisdistrict.
FactualBackground
8.Humphreysisanarchitecturefirmwhichcreatesandmarketsarchitecturaldesigns.Humphreysownscopyrightsprotectingthearchitecturalworksandarchitecturaldrawingsithascreated.9.Humphreysistheauthorandthesoleownerofallcopyrightsinthefollowingtechnicaldrawingsandarchitecturalworks:GrantParkCondominiums2
 
GrantParkCityHomesHPAJobNo.05377(Hereinafter,theforegoingworkswillbereferredtocollectivelyasthe"CopyrightedWorks.")10.EachoftheCopyrightedWorksconstitutesoriginalmaterialthatiscopyrightableunderfederallaw.11.ThefollowingCopyrightedWorkshavebeenregisteredasarchitecturalworkswiththeUnitedStatesCopyrightOffice:WorkRegistrationNumberDate.GrantParkCondominiumsVAu579-608February19,2003GrantParkCityHomesVAu594-663February19,200312.AstotheremainingCopyrightedWork,HumphreyshasappliedforregistrationofcopyrightsinHPAPlanNo.05377withtheUnitedStatesCopyrightOffice.ThedatesHumphreysappliedforregistration,andtheCopyrightOfficeCaseNumbers,aresetoutbelow:JllanCaseNumberDateofAlmlicationHPAPlanNo.053771-684751301November14,2011ArchitecturalWorkHPAPlanNo.053771-684751340November14,2011TechnicalDrawingsForeachcopyrightinHPAPlanNo.05377,Humphreys(1)haspaidtherequisitefeestotheCopyrightOffice;(2)hasdepositedcopiesoftheworkwiththeCopyrightOffice,and(3)hassenttheregistrationapplicationtotheCopyrightOffice,andtheCopyrightOfficehasreceivedit.
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