1 Jeffrey A. Koncius, State Bar No.

189803
koncius@kbla. com
2 KIESEL + LARSON LLP
8648 Wilshire Boulevard
3 Beverly Hills, California 90211-2910
Tel: 310-854-4444
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5 Robert Katz
rkatz@katzlawpllc. com
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Attorneys for Plaintiff,
Z PRODUX, INC.
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
C 0 0 7 3 4t:Mot J
COMPLAINT FOR PATENT
INFRINGEMENT
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JURY TRIAL DEMANDED
Defendant.
COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
24 Z Produx, Inc. ("Z Produx" or "Plaintiff') sues Defendant Make-Up Art Cosmetics, Inc.
25 ("MAC" or "Defendant") for design patent infringement and on information and belief, alleges as
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INTRODUCTION
Plaintiff Z Produx has been assigned all rights, title, interest in and to the design
COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
1 claimed in United States Design Patent No. D642, 743 (the '"743 Patent" or "the patent-in-suit"),
2 entitled "Cosmetic Holder" including the right to sue for past infringement. Defendant has used and
3 continues to use Z Produx's patented designs in products that it makes, uses, sells, and offers to sell,
4 without Z Produx' s permission. Z Produx seeks damages and/or a disgorgement ofDefendant' s total
5 profits for patent infringement and an injunction preventing Defendant from making, using, selling, or
6 offering to sell, and from inducing others to make, use, s e l ~ or offer to sell Z Produx's patented
7 designs without permission.
8 JURISDICTION & VENUE
9 2. This is an action for patent infringement arising under the patent laws of the United
10 States, 35 U.S.C. § I, et seq. The Court has original jurisdiction over this patent infringement action
11 pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1338(a).
12 3. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant and venue in this judicial district is
13 proper because, on information and belief, Defendant engages in continuous and systematic business
14 within the United States and within this judicial district and/or Defendant has placed infringing
15 products into the stream of commerce by selling and/or offering to sell products into the United States
16 and this judicial district with knowledge that such products would be shipped into and/or used in the
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PLAINTIFF Z PRODUX
19 4. Z Produx is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of
20 California, with its principal place ofbusiness in Sherman Oaks, California.
21 5. Z Produx's Z Palette® product line was conceived and designed by Zena Shteysel, a
22 make-up artist who has worked with Laila Ali, Mel B., Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Joan Hart, and
23 Brooke Burke to name a few. An image of the Z Palette® "Black Large Palette" appears below:
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9 6. Z Produx's designs are embodied in the line of Z Palette® products, which are
10 customizable empty makeup palettes which have an open bottom to fit the colorpans that the user
11 chooses. Z Produx's Z Palette® line is sold online on its website, www.zpalette.com, and at retailers
12 such as Alcone LLC, Naimies Beauty Supply, Beauty.com, Cinema Secrets, Makeup Mania, Nigels
13 Beauty Supply, MakeupGeek.com and Frends Beauty Supply.
14 7. Z Produx launched its Z Palette® line in May 2009. Z Palette® quickly became a
15 success, being touted as "stylish" and "Z Greatest" in beauty and make-up magazines. For example, Z
16 Palette® was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of GenLux as GenLux's Beauty Editor's Picks. Z
17 Palette® also appeared in America Salon in April 2011, Self Magazine in March 2011, Juicy
18 Magazine in January 2011, Beauty Store Business in January 2011, yhc in July 2010, America Salon
19 inJune2010, Make-Up Artist inlssue#83 and in TTLRN inApril2010. Furthermore, theZPalette®
20 has been praised by Jennifer Grey, Laila Ali, Kate Gosselin, Chelsie Hightower, Brandy and others.
21 ZPRODUX'S DESIGN PATENTS
22 8. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the '743 Patent on August 2,
23 2011. A copy of the '743 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A. Z Produx is the owner by
24 assignment of all right, title, and interest in the '743 Patent, including the right to sue for past
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26 9. Z Produx has complied with the statutory requirement of placing a notice of the patent-
27 in-suit on all necessary products it manufactures and sells.
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3 COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
1 DEFENDANT MAC
2 1 0. On information and belief, MAC is a corporation organized and existing under the laws
3 of the State ofDelaware, with its principal place ofbusiness in Melville, New York. Further, MAC is
4 registered to do business in the State of California, maintaining as its agent for service of process CSC
5 - Lawyers Incorporating Service located at 2710 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 150N, Sacramento,
6 California 95833.
7 MAC'S ACTS OF INFRINGEMENT
8 11. Defendant has used and continues to use the designs of the patent-in-suit in products
9 that it makes, uses, sells, and offers to selL without Z Produx's permission, including, without
10 limitation, Defendant's "Pro Palette Large/Single" (having UPC 7-73602-23605-3) (the "Knock-Off
11 Palette"). An image of the Knock-OffPalette appears below:
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22 the design embodied by the patent-in-suit, in order to tradeoff of the innovative, patented designs that
23 are associated with Z Produx's Z Palette® line of make-up palettes. The design ofthe Knock-Off-
24 Palette is strikingly similar to the design of Z Produx's Z Palette® line of make-up palettes and the
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4 COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
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2 DESIGN PATENT INFRINGEMENT, 35 U.S.C. § 271
3 13. Z Produx incorporates the allegations contained in paragraphs 1 through 12 as though
4 fully set forth herein.
5 14. MAC has been and, on information and belief, still is making, using, offering to sell,
6 selling, and/or importing in the State of California, this judicial district and elsewhere in the United
7 States, Knock-Off-Palettes that infringe the '743 Patent in violation of35 U.S.C. § 27l(a).
8 15. On information and belief, MAC has been and is now indirectly infringing the '743
9 Patent pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 271(b) and/or (c) by intentionally inducing infringement and/or
10 contributing to the infringement of the '743 Patent in the State of California, this judicial district, and
11 elsewhere in the United States by providing and/or selling the Knock-Off-Palettes to customers and/or
12 users ofthose products.
13 16. On information and belief, MAC's infringement has been intentional and willful,
14 making this an exceptional case.
15 17. Z Produx has been damaged and injured by Defendant's infringement ofthe '743
16 Patent. Because of its infringing acts and for its unauthorized use of the inventions claimed in the
17 '743 Patent, Defendant is liable to Z Produx for damages in an amount no less than a reasonable
18 royalty.
19 18. ByreasonofMAC's infringement, ZProduxhas suffered, and unless MAC's conduct
20 is permanently enjoined, will continue to suffer, actual damages and irreparable harm, as to which it
21 has no adequate remedy at law.
22 PRAYER FOR RELIEF
23 WHEREFORE, Z Produx respectfully requests that this Court:
24 1. Enter judgment in favor ofZ Produx;
25 2. Permanently enjoin MAC and its predecessors, successors, divisions, subsidiaries, or
26 joint ventures thereof, together with any and all parent or affiliated companies or corporations, and all
27 officers, directors, employees, agents, attorneys, representatives, those acting in privity or concern
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5 COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT
1 infringe the '743 Patent;
2 3. Award Z Produx its actual damages under 35 U.S.C. § 284 in an amount to be
3 determined at trial;
4 4. Award Z Produx enhanced damages up to three times the amount found or assessed
5 under 35 U.S.C. §284, as a result of MAC's knowing and willful infringement;
6 5. Award Z Produx the disgorged total profits of MAC under 35 U.S.C. §289 from
7 infringing the patent-in-suit in an amount to be determined at trial;
8 6. Award Z Pro dux punitive damages because of MAC's knowing, willful, and deliberate
9 bad faith acts of unfair competition in an amount to be determined at trial;
10 7. Award Z Produx pre-judgrnent and post-judgrnent interest;
11 8. Award Z Produx all of its actual costs and reasonable attorneys' fees in this action as
12 authorized by 35 U.S.C. § 285; and
13 9. Grant to Z Produx such other and further relief as may be just and warranted under the
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15 JURY TRIAL DEMAND
16 Z Produx demands a trial by jury on all issues so triable.
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(12) United States Design Patent
Shteysel
(54) COSMETIC HOLDER
(76) Inventor: Zena Shteysel, Sherman Oaks, CA (US)
(**) Term: 14 Years
(21) Appl. No.: 29/359,687
(22) filed: Apr. 14, 2010
(51) LOC (9) Cl. .......... .... ............ ......... ........ ....... 28-03
(52) U.S. Ct . ....................................................... D28/83
(58) Field of Classification Search .................. 206/823.
(56)
206/581; D28173, 76-84, 64.1; 132/286-288,
132/293-307.314-318
See application file for complete search history.
References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
0422,120 s •
0453,859 s •
0477,895 s •
0480.837 s •
0485,018 s •
0503,245 s •
0597,256 s •
0601.757 s •
0603.564 s •
3i2000 Orsomando ............. 028!83
2/2002 Spearman . 028/77
7/2003 Goswell . .. 028/83
10/2003 Liu .............. .. ... 028/83
1!2004 Beilman ....................... 028177
3/2005 Vanoncini ..................... 028:78
7/2009 Liden ............................. 028/83
I 0/2009 Sage! ............................. 028/83
11!2009 Liden ............................. 028.'83
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner Jennifer Rivard
(7 4) Attorney, Agent, or Hrm Stroock & Stroock & Lavan
LLP
USOOD642743S
(IO) Patent No.:
(45) Date of Patent:
(57) CLAL'\1
US D642,743 S
** Aug. 2, 2011
'!he ornamental design for the cosmetic holder, as shown and
described.
DESCRIPTION
fiG. 1 is a perspective view of the cosmetic holder in accor-
dance with a first embodiment of the invention:
fiG. 2 is a top plan view thereof;
fiG. 3 is a front elevational view thereof;
FIG. 4 is a side elevational view thereof from either side
thereof;
FIG. 5 is a rear elevational view thereof;
FIG. 6 is a bottom plan view thereof;
FIG. 7 is a perspective view of the cosmetic holder depicted in
FIG. 1, with cosmetic containers therein (which cosmetic
containers form no part of the claimed design);
FKi. 8 is perspective view of the cosmetic holder in accor-
dance with a second embodiment of the invention;
FIG. 9 is a top plan view thereof;
FIG. 10 is a front eievationai view thereof;
FIG. 11 is a side elevational view thereof from either side
thereof;
FIG. 12 is a rear elevational view thereof:
FIG. 13 is a bottom plan view thereof; and,
FIG. 14 is a perspective view of the cosmetic holder depicted
in FIG. 8, with cosmetic containers therein (which cosmetic
containers form no part of the claimed design).
The broken Jines shown in the drawings illustrate cosmetic
containers and iorm no part ofthe claimed design.
1 Claim, 6 Drawing Sheets
U.S. Patent Aug. 2, 2011 Sheet 1 of 6 US D642, 743 S
FIG.1
FIG.2
U.S. Patent Aug. 2, 2011 Sheet 2 of 6 US D642,743 S
FIG.3
FIG.S
FIG.4
FIG.6
U.S. Patent Aug. 2, 2011 Sheet 3 of6 US D642, 743 S
FIG.7
U.S. Patent Aug. 2, 2011 Sheet 4 of 6
FIG.8
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US D642,743 S
U.S. Patent Aug. 2, 2011 Sheet 5 of 6 US D642,743 S
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FIG.12
FIG.11
FIG.13
U.S. Patent Aug. 2, 2011 Sheet 6 of6 US D642, 743 S
FIG.14
UNITED DISTRICT CALIFORNIA
CIVIL COVER SHEET
DEFENDANTS I (a) PLAINTIFFS (Check box if you are representing yourself D)
Z PRODUX, INC.
MAKE-UP ART COSMETICS, INC
(b) Attorneys (Finn Name, Address and Telephone Number. If you are representing
yourself, provide same.)
Jeffrey A. Koncius, Esq., KIESEL+ LARSON LLP
8648 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tel (310) 854-4444; Fax (310) 854-0812
Attorneys (If Known)
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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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Citizen or Subject of a Foreign Country 0 3 0 3 Foreign Nation 06 C6
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Mt Original C 2 Removed from 0 3 Remanded from
Proceeding State Court Appellate Court
0 4 Reinstated or
Reopened
0 5 Transferred from another district (specify): 0 6 Multi-
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Judge from
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VI. CAUSE OF ACTION (Cite the U.S. Civil Statute under which you are filing and write a brief statement of cause. Do not cite jurisdictional statutes unless diversity.)
35 US.C 271 and 281 --Plaintiff is alleging that Defendant infringed on U.S Design Patent No. D642,743
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0400 State Reapportionment 0110 Insurance PERSONAl INJURY PERSONAL Pm1110NS 0710 Fair Labor Standards
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0430 Banks and Banking 0130 Miller Act
0315 Airplane Product
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Liability
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Rates/etc. 0150 Recovery of
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0345 Marine Product
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0490 Cable/Sat TV Student Loan (Excl.
0350 Motor Vehicle
158 FORF'EITURE I 0 791 Empl. Ret. Inc.
0 810 Selective Service Veterans}
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usc 157 0 610 Agriculture PflOPER.lY RIOHTS
Exchange Overpayment of
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