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MANATT, PHELPS &
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ATT0R.Nt.Ys AT LAW
PALO ALTO.
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
ROBERT D. BECKER (SBN 160648)
E-mail: rbecker@manatt.com
BENJAMIN KLEINMAN (SBN 261846)
E-mail: bkleinman@manatt.com
1841 Page Mill Roaa; Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Telephone: (650) 812-1300
Facstmile: (650) 213-0260
Attorneys for Plaintiff
D & D TECHNOLOGIES (USA), INC.
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D & D TECHNOLOGIES (USA),
INC., a California corporation,
Plaintiff,
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SAFE TECH HARDWARE INC., a
California corporation,
Defendant.
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COMPLAINT FOR PATENT
INFRINGEI\1ENT
DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
COMPLAINT FOR PATENT
. INFRINGEMENT
1 PlaintiffD&D Technologies (USA) Inc. (D&D or Plaintiff), for its complaint
2 against defendant Safetech Hardware Inc. (Safetech or Defendant), alleges as
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4 NATURE OF THE ACTION
5 1. This action is an action for patent infringement under 35 U.S.C. §§ 271
6 and 281-285. D&D seeks damages and injunctive relief for Safetech's
7 infringement ofD&D's U.S. Patent 6,058,747 ("the '747 patent").
8 JURISDICTION AND VENUE
9 2. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction over this action pursuant to
10 (i) 28 U.S.C. § 1331, as this action arises out ofthe laws ofthe Unites States of
11 America, and (ii) 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a), as this action arises under 35 U.S.C. § 271,
12 an Act of Congress relating to patents.
13 3. Defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction within this District by
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addition, Plaintiff's cause of action here arises from business done in this District
and in California by Defendant.
4. Venue is properly founded in this District pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§
1391 and 1400 because Defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction within this
District and/or because a substantial part of the events giving rise to the claims
herein occurred within this District.
PARTIES
5. Plaintiff is a California corporation, having its principal place of
business in Huntington Beach, California.
6. Upon information and belief, Defendant is a California corporation,
having its principal place of business in Lake Forest, California.
FACTS
7. D&D is the exclusive licensee, with the right to file and prosecute suits
for infringement, ofthe '747 patent, entitled "Latches for Gates", which was duly
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1 and properly issued by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office on or about May 9,
2 2000. A true and correct copy of the '747 patent is attached as Exhibit A.
3 8. Safetech prominently advertises its products, including the Safetech
4 Cobra Gravity Locks SL-1 000 and SL-2000, through its website located at
5 www.safetechhardware.com, on print advertising, through email, and through other
6 forms of advertising. In those media, it states that it manufactures and/or imports
7 its products into the United States, and it offers them for sale. Safetech sells its
8 products through various sales channels. On information and belief, Safetech also
9 uses its products directly, for example in demonstrating its products to retailers and
10 otherwise marketing and distributing its products. It performs these activities in a
11 variety of locations, some within this District.
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FIRST CLAIM FOR INFRINGEMENT OF U.S. PATENT NO. 6,058,747
9. D&D repeats and realleges each and every allegation contained in
paragraphs 1 through 8 as if fully set forth herein.
10. Defendant has infringed and continues to infringe the '747 patent by,
inter alia, making, using, selling, offering to sell, and/or importing into the United
States at least the Safetech Cobra Gravity Locks SL-1 000 and SL-2000 ("the
infringing products"). It performs this infringement in a variety of locations,
including some within this District.
11. Defendant continues to infringe the '7 4 7 patent.
12. By reason of the acts of Defendant alleged herein, D&D has suffered
damages in an amount to be proved at trial.
13. Defendant continues to engage in the acts complained of herein and,
unless restrained and enjoined, will continue to do so, all to D&D's irreparable
injury. It would be difficult to ascertain the amount of compensation that would
afford D&D adequate relief for such future and continuing acts, and a multiplicity
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INFRINGEMENT
1 of judicial proceedings would be required. D&D does not have an adequate remedy
2 at law to compensate it for the injuries threatened.
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4 REQUEST FOR RELIEF
5 WHEREFORE, Plaintiff requests that judgment be entered in their favor and
6 against Defendant on all claims alleged herein and ordering:
7 1. That Defendant and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, agents,
8 servants, employees, attorneys, successors, and assigns, and all those persons in
9 active concert or participation with them, or any of them, be preliminarily and
10 permanently enjoined and restrained from making, importing, using, offering for
11 sale, selling, or causing to be sold any product or service falling within, or designed
12 to conduct a method falling within, the scope of any claim of the '747 patent, or
13 otherwise infringing or contributing to or inducing infringement of any claim of the
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15 2. That Defendant and its parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, officers, agents,
16 servants, employees, attorneys, successors, and assigns, and all those persons in
17 active concert or participation with them, or any of them, be ordered to destroy or
18 offer up to D&D for destruction any and all products or services within the scope of
19 any claim of the '747 patent that are within Defendant's possession, custody, or
20 control;
21 3. That D&D be awarded its actual damages, including lost profits and
22 price erosion, but in no case less than a reasonable royalty, to be assessed by or
23 under the Court's discretion, adequate to compensate D&D for Defendant's
24 infringement of the '7 4 7 patent;
25 4. That D&D be awarded pre-judgment interest and post-judgment
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5. That the Court order an accounting for damages;
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1 6. That Defendant file with the Court and serve on Plaintiff, within
2 fifteen (15) days after service of the Court's injunction and/or judgment as
3 requested herein, a report in writing under oath setting forth the detail the manner
4 and form in which Defendant has complied with the Court's injunction and/or
5 judgment;
6 7. That the Court declare this to be an exceptional case pursuant to 3 5
7 U.S.C. § 285 and award D&D its attorneys' fees;
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That D&D be awarded costs of court; and
That D&D be awarded such other and further relief as the Court deems
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Robert D. Becker
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Robert D. Becker
Attorneys for Plaintiff
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DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
Plaintiff hereby demands a trial by jury of his claims in this action.
Respectfully submitted,
6 Dated: September 14, 2012 Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Robert D. Becker
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MANATT, PHELPS &
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ATTORNEYS AT LAW
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Benjamin Kleinman
By: /)
Robert D. Becker
Attorneys for Plaintiff
D&D TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
. NOTICE OF ASSIGNMENT TO UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE FOR DISCOVERY
This case has been assigned to District Judge David 0. Carter and the assigned
discovery Magistrate Judge is Jean P. Rosenbluth.
The case number on all documents filed with the Court should read as follows:
SACV12- 1538 DOC (JPRx)
Pursuant to General Order 05-07 of the United States District Court for the Central
District of California, the Magistrate Judge has been designated to hear discovery related
motions.
All discovery related motions should be noticed on the calendar of the Magistrate Judge
NOTICE TO COUNSEL
A copy of this notice must be seNed with the summons and complaint on all defendants (if a removal action is
filed, a copy of this notice must be served on all plaintiffs).
Subsequent documents must be filed at the following location:
U Western Division
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Failure to file at the proper location will result in your documents being returned to you.
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Ncune& Address:
Robert D .. Becker (SBN 160648)
Benjamin Kleinman (SBN 261846)
MANATT, PHELPS & PHILIPS LLP
1841 Page Mill Road, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
D & D TECHNOLOGIES (USA), INC., a California
corporation
PLAINTIFF(S)
v.
SAFETECH HARDWARE INC., a California
corporation
DEFENDANT(S).
TO: DEFENDANT(S):
A lawsuit has been filed against you.
CASE NUMBER
SUMMONS
Within 21 days after service of this summons on you (not counting the day you received it), you
must serve on the plaintiff an answer to the attached M' complaint D amended complaint
0 counterclaim 0 cross-claim or a motion under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The answer
or motion must be served on the plaintiffs attorney, Robert D. Becker , whose address is
1841 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94304 . If you fail to do so,
judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. You also must file
your answer or motion with the court.
Clerk, U.S. District Court
[Use 60 days if the defendant is the United States or a United States agency, or is an officer or employee of the United States. Allowed
60 days by Rule 12(a)(3)}.
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I (a) PLAINTIFFS (Check box if you are representing yourselfO)
D & D TECHNOLOGIES (USA), INC.
(b) Attorneys (Firm Name, Address and Telephone Number. If you are representing
yourself, provide same.)
Robert D. Becker and Benjamin Kleinman
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
1841 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94394; (650) 812·1300
DEFENDANTS
SAFETECH HARDWARE INC.
Attorneys (If Known)
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Government Not a Party) Citi7.en of This State 01 01 Incorporated or Principal Place ~ :
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of Business in this State
0 2 U.S. Government Defendant 0 4 Diversity (Indicate Citizenship Citizen of Another State 02 02 Incorporated and Principal Place 05 05
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If yes, list case number(s): ----------------------------------------------------
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