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Hipmunk Versus i2z Technology

Hipmunk Versus i2z Technology

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INTHEUNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTSTEFANIE.SHANBERG(StateBarNo.206717)CHRISTOPHERP.GREWE(StateBarNo.245938)WILSONSONSINIGOODRICH
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CaseNo._1213HIPMUNK,INC.,14aDelawarecorporation,Plaintiff,COMPLAINTFORDECLARATORYJUDGMENT16v.JURYTRIALDEMANDED17I2ZTECHNOLOGY,LLC,18aTexaslimitedliabilitycompany,Defendant.192021Hipmunk,Inc.herebyallegesforitscomplaintagainstdefendanti2zTechnology,LLC22onpersonalknowledgeastoitsownactivitiesandoninformationandbeliefastotheactivities23ofothers,asfollows:THEPARTIES425PlaintiffHipmunk,Inc.("Hipmunk")isacorporationorganizedandexisting26underthelawsofDelaware,withitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat36ClydeStreet,27SanFrancisco,California94107.Hipmunkisastart-upcompanythatcreatedatravelsearch28enginetoreinventthewaypeoplesearchforflightsandhotelsonline.Hipmunk'stravelsearch
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1siteaimstotaketheagonyoutoftravelplanningby'eliminatingpagesofirrelevantsearch2results.Flightresultsarepresentedinavisualtimelinethatallowspeopletoselectthebestflight3ataglance.Hotelresultsareshownonamapsothatpeoplecanviewwhereinadestination4theywillbestayingandthelandmarksnearby.
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Hipmunklaunchedin2010andrecentlycloseditsSeriesBroundoffunding.As6forwhatthecompanyintendstodowiththefunding,AdamGoldstein,Hipmunk'sCEO,sayshe7planstohireinengineering,businessdevelopment,andmarketing.OneofHipmunk'sinvestors8toldMarketWatch:"AtIVP,weseektoinvestincompanieswithsuperiortechnologyand9innovativeproductstargetinglargemarkets....Hipmunkisexactlythattypeofcompany.10Theyhaveabrilliant,energeticmanagementteamthatisdevelopingfantasticnewservicesfor11travelersaroundtheworld."12
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HipmunkisoneofTIMEMagazine's"50CoolestWebsites,"TIMEMagazine's13"50BestSmartphoneApps,"Travel
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Leisure's"BestWebsitesof2011,"BudgetTravel's"Top1410MostUsefulWebsites,"andInc.'s"BestBookingWebsite."Co-foundersAdamGoldstein15andSteveHuffinanwerenamedtoBloombergBusinessWeek's"TopTechEntrepreneurs,"16Forbes"30Under30,"Inc.'s"30Under30"lists,andwasfeaturedinaJune2012articlein17Forbesentitled"WhyHipmunkIsTheWorld'sBestTravelSite."Thatarticleexplainsthat,18despiteitstechnicalsuperiority,accordingtocomScore,Expediahad20millionU.S.visitorsin19May2012,andHipmunkhad274,000.20
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Perhapsavictimofitsownsuccess,thisisthesecondthreatbyanon-practicing21entitytheyoungcompanyhasseenthisyear.Thepatentthatisthesubjectofthisdeclaratory22judgmentaction,likethepreviousone,bearsnorelevancetoHipmunk'stechnology.Thoughits23fundingisintendedforinnovation,Hipmunkelectstodefenditstechnologyratherthanspendits24hard-earnedventurecapitalfundingpayingforalicenseitdoesnotneed.25
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Defendanti2zTechnology,LLC("i2z")isaTexaslimitedliabilitycompanywith26itsprincipalplaceofbusinessat3301WestMarshallAvenue,Suite302,Longview,Texas2775604.i2zisanon-practicingentitytowhomUnitedStatesPatentNo.5,345,551("the'55128patent")wasassignedonoraroundJuly29,2011,suchassignmenthavingbeenrecordedwith
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theUnitedStatesPatentandTrademarkOfficeonNovember22,2011,aroundthetimei2z2beganthebelow-describedlitigationcampaign.36.i2z'sPresident,RakeshRamde,isaCaliforniaattorneylivingintheNorthern4DistrictofCalifornia.Mr.Ramde'sLinkedInprofilestatesthatheisalsoaDirectoratUnifi5ScientificAdvances,ownerofanothernon-practicingentitycurrentlyinlitigationinthe6NorthernDistrictofCalifornia.
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INTRADISTRICTASSIGNMENTPursuanttoCivilLocalRule3-2(c),thisisanIntellectualPropertyActionto
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The'551patentisentitledMethodandSystemforSynchronizationof12SimultaneousDisplaysofRelatedDataSources.The'551patentstatesthatitissuedon13September6,1994.
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OnSeptember13,2011,i2zfiledalawsuitagainstCityGridMediaLLC(d/b/a16Citysearch.com),HotPads,Inc.,AOLInc.(d/b/aMapquest),PropertyMaps,Inc.,
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17Acquisition,LLC,Move,Inc.(d/b/aRealtor.com),RedfinCorporation,Travelocity.comLP,18TripAdvisorLLC,Trulia,Inc.,WebMD,LLC,Yahoo!Inc.,Yelp,Inc.,KayakSoftware19Corporation,ZagatSurvey,LLC,andGoogleInc.intheUnitedStatesDistrictCourtforthe20DistrictofDelawareallegingownershipofthe'551patentandinfringementofthe'551patent21bythenameddefendants.2210.OnSeptember14,i2zfiledalawsuitagainstMicrosoftCorporation(d/b/a23Bing.com),Toeat.comLLC,ZilIow,Inc.,andGoogleInc.
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theUnitedStatesDistrictCourtfor24theDistrictofOregonallegingownershipofthe'551patentandinfringementofthe'551patent25bythenameddefendants.2611.OnSeptember15,2011,i2zfiledalawsuitagainstHotels.comLPintheUnited27StatesDistrictCourtfortheNorthernDistrictofTexasallegingownershipofthe'551patentand28infringementofthe'551patentbythenameddefendant.
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