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Ameranth v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

Ameranth v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide

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Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-01629-AJB-NLS: Ameranth, Inc v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l6jP for more info.
Official Complaint for Patent Infringement in Civil Action No. 3:12-cv-01629-AJB-NLS: Ameranth, Inc v. Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the Hon. Anthony J. Battaglia presiding. See http://news.priorsmart.com/-l6jP for more info.

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COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
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CALDARELLI HEJMANOWSKI & PAGE LLP
 William J. Caldarelli (SBN #149573)12340 El Camino Real, Suite 430San Diego, CA 92130Tel: (858) 720-8080Fax: (858) 720-6680wjc@chplawfirm.com
FABIANO LAW FIRM, P.C.
Michael D. Fabiano (SBN #167058)12526 High Bluff Drive, Suite 300San Diego, CA 92130Telephone: (619) 742-9631mdfabiano@fabianolawfirm.com
OSBORNE LAW LLC
John W. Osborne (
Pro Hac Vice
App. Pending)33 Habitat LaneCortlandt Manor, NY 10567Telephone: (914) 714-5936 josborne@osborneipl.com
WATTS LAW OFFICES
Ethan M. Watts (SBN #234441)12340 El Camino Real, Suite 430San Diego, CA 92130Telephone: (858) 509-0808Facsimile: (619) 878-5784emw@ewattslaw.comAttorneys for Plaintiff Ameranth, Inc.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
AMERANTH, INC.Plaintiff,v.STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTSWORLDWIDE, INC.,Defendant.Case No.
COMPLAINT FOR PATENTINFRINGEMENTDEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
'12
CV1629
NLS
AJB
 
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COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
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COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
Plaintiff Ameranth, Inc., for its Complaint against defendant Starwood Hotels andResorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”), avers as follows:
PARTIES
1.
 
Plaintiff Ameranth, Inc. (“Ameranth”) is a Delaware corporation having a principalplace of business at 5820 Oberlin Drive, Suite 202, San Diego, California 92121. Ameranthdevelops, manufactures and sells,
inter alia
, hospitality industry, entertainment, restaurant andfood service information technology solutions under the trademarks 21
st
CenturyCommunications™, and 21st Century Restaurant™, among others, comprising thesynchronization and integration of hospitality information and hospitality software applicationsbetween fixed, wireless and/or internet applications, including but not limited to computerservers, web servers, databases, affinity/social networking systems, desktop computers,laptops, “smart” phones and other wireless handheld computing devices.2.
 
Defendant Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”) is, oninformation and belief, a Maryland corporation having a principal place of business andheadquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona. On information and belief, Starwood makes, uses, offersfor sale or license and/or sells or licenses hotel and lodging, restaurant, foodservice, point-of-sale and/or property management and other hospitality information-technology products,software, components and/or systems within this Judicial District, including the StarwoodReservation System as defined herein.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3.
 
This is an action for patent infringement arising under the Patent Laws of the UnitedStates, 35 U.S.C. §§ 271, 281-285.4.
 
This Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and1338(a).5.
 
On information and belief, Defendant engages in (a) the offer for sale or license andsale or license of hospitality, restaurant, food service, ordering, products and/or components inthe United States, including this Judicial District, including services, products, software, and
 
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COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728components, comprising wireless and internet POS and/or hospitality aspects; (b) theinstallation and maintenance of said services, products, software, components and/or systemsin hospitality industry, restaurant, food service, and/or entertainment information technologysystems in the United States, including this Judicial District; and/or (c) the use of hospitalityindustry, restaurant, food service, and/or entertainment information technology systemscomprising said services, products, software, components and/or systems in the United States,including this Judicial District.6.
 
This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant because Defendant commits actsof patent infringement in this Judicial District including,
inter alia
, making, using, offering forsale or license, and/or selling or licensing infringing services, products, software, componentsand/or systems in this Judicial District.7.
 
Venue is proper in this Judicial District pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b) and (c) and1400(b).
BACKGROUND
 8.
 
Ameranth was established in 1996 to develop and provide its 21
st
CenturyCommunications™ innovative information technology solutions for the hospitality industry(inclusive of, e.g., restaurants, hotels, casinos, nightclubs, cruise ships and other entertainmentand sports venues). Ameranth has been widely recognized as a technology leader in theprovision of wireless and internet-based systems and services to,
inter alia
, restaurants, hotels,casinos, cruise ships and entertainment and sports venues. Ameranth’s award winninginventions enable, in relevant part, generation and synchronization of menus, including but notlimited to restaurant menus, event tickets, and other products across fixed, wireless and/orinternet platforms as well as synchronization of hospitality information and hospitalitysoftware applications across fixed, wireless and internet platforms, including but not limited to,computer servers, web servers, databases, affinity/social networking systems, desktopcomputers, laptops, “smart” phones and other wireless handheld computing devices.9.
 
Ameranth began development of the inventions leading to the patent-in-suit and theother patents in this patent family in the late Summer of 1998, at a time when the then-

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