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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORnIERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
THE CHAMBERLAIN GROUP, INC., a Connecticut corporation,

Plaintiff,
v.

) ) Ci"il Action No. 02 C 6376 ) ) The HonorableRebecca Pallmeyer R. ) ) MagistrateJudgeEdward A. Bobrick
) JURY TRIAL DEMANDED ) ) )
A~n:~DED COMPLAINT

SKYLINK

TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,

a foreign corporation,

Defendant.

Plaintiff, The Chamberlain Group, Inc. ("Chamberlainj, complains against Defendant, Skylink Technologies,Inc. (""Skylink"), as follows: Chamberlainis a corporationincorporated underthe lawsof the Stateof Connecticut, "ith its principal place of businessin Elmhurst, illinois.

2.

Skylink is a foreign corporation. It hasa principal placeof business 2213 Dunwin at

Drive. Mississauga.Ontario, Canada L5L IX}

3.

'illis is an action for patentinfringementarising underthe PatentLaws of the United

States,35 U.S.C. §§ 271 et seq., for copyright infringement arising under the Copyright Act, 17

v.s.c.§ 1201,and for false description under 15 V.S.C. § ] 125. The Court has subject matter
jurisdiction over this matterpursuantto 28 V.S.C. §§ 1331~ 1338(a),1338(b). and 15U.S.C. § 1121. Also, the matter in controversy exceeds,exclusive of interestsand costs,the sum specified by

28 V.S.C.§ 1332.

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This Court baspersonaljurisdiction over Skylink. Venue in this judicial disnict is

proper under 28 U .S.C. § 1391 COUNT I INFRINGEMENT OF P A~ .35 No. RE. 35.364

5.

On June 7, 1988, U.S. PatentNo.4, 750,118 r'the '118 Patent") entitled "Coding

Systemfor Multiple Transmittersand a Single Receiverfor a GarageDoor Opener" was duly and legally issuedto ChamberlainManufacturingCompany,on an application flied by Carl Heitschel, Colin Willmott and Wayne Schindler. On October29. 1996.the '118 Patentwas duly and legally reissuedas ReissuePatentNo. Re. 35.364("the '364 Patent).

6.

Chamberlainis the owner of all righ~ title and interest in the '364 Patent. Skylink has been, and is, willfully infringing the '364 Patent: by making, using,

7.

offering to sell, and/or selling learningreceiversand usernon-changeable codettansmitters for use: in suchreceivers,including Model 838rolling codes}'Stems, Model SC[ securitysystems, Models

ED andAD emergency dialer systems, Model 39 transmitters, monitoring stationsystems and within the United Statesand within this District; by inducing othersto infringe the '364 Patent;and/orby contributing to the infringement by othersof the '364 Patent. Unlessenjoinedby the Co~ SkyJink. will continueto infringe, inducethe infringementof, and/orcontributorily infringe the '364 Patent.

8.

The required statutorynotice has beenplaced on products manufacturedand sold

under the') 18 Patentand the '364 Patent
COUNT
II

INFRINGL~ENT PATENT No. RE. 36.703 OF

9.

On May 16, 2000, the '118 Patentwas duly and legally reissuedto Chamberlainas

ReissuePatentNo. Re. 36,703 ("the '703 Patent"). 2

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Chamberlainis the owner of all right, title and interest in the '703 Patent. Skylink bas been and is willfully infringing the '703 Patent: by making. using, offering to sell. and/orselling learningreceiversand usernon-changeable codetransmittersfor use in suchreceivers,including Model 838rolling codesystem~Model SC[ ] security systems, Models ED andAD emergency dialer systems, Model 39 transmitters,andmonitoring stattonsystems within the United Statesand within this District; by inducing others to infringe the '703 Patent; and by contributing to the infringementby othersof the '703 Patent. Unlessenjoinedby the Court, Skylink \;11continue to infringe, induce the infringement of, and contributorily infringe the '703 Patent 12. The required starutorynotice has beenplaced on products manufacturedand sold

under the '703 Patent.
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III

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INFR.INGEMENT OF PATENT No. 4.S0~105

On M8ICh28,1995, U.S. PatentNo. 5,402,105("the 'IDS Patent") entitled 4'Garage Door Position Indicating System,"wasduly and legally issuedon an application filed by Matthew
P. Doyle and Patrick J. Bukiri.

14.
15.

Chamberlainis the owner of all right, title and interest in the ' 105 Patent. Skylink has been and is willfully infringing claims 1 and 1 of the '10S Patent:by

making. using, offering to sell. and/orselling GarageDoor Monitors within the United Statesand within this District; by inducing others to infringe claims 1 and 7 of the '105 Patent; and by contriburing to the infringement by othersof claims 1 and 7 of the '105 Patent. Unlessenjoinedby

theCourt, Skylink will

continueto infringe~inducethe infringement of, and contributorily infringe

claims and 7 of the '105 Patent.

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COUNT IV COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

16.

In 1994,Chamberlain created wrote acomputersoftwareprogramentitled "Code and

Guard Rolling Code" (the "original work").

17.

This original work contains a large amount of material, wholly original with

Chamberlainand is copyrightablesubjectmatter underthe laws of the United States. 18. On July 26, 200:2,Chamberlaincomplied in all respectswith the Copyright Act of

1976. 17 U.S.C. §la1 e1seq., and all other laws governingcopyrights, and securedthe exclusive

Certificate of Registrationdatedand identified as follows: "July 26,2002, No. TX-5-533-06S." 19.
In early 1996, Chamberlain created and \Tote a modification of1he original work (the

"derivative work.'). 20. On A~ I, 2002,Chamberlaincompliedin all respects with theCopyrightAct and

all other laws governingcopyrights, and securedthe exclusive rights and privileges in and to the derivativework andreceivedfrom the Registerof Copyrightsa Certificate of Registrationdatedand identified as follows: ..August I, 2002,No. TX-S-S49-99S."

21.

Since the original work and the derivative work were developed,Chamberlainhas

placed a copyright notice on all copies of the original work and the derivative work that it has prodw:ed. Any copiesof the original work and the derivative work publishedby Chamberlain have beenpublishedin strict conformancewith the provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, 17U.S.C.
§ 101 et seq., and all other laws governing copyrights.

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The original work and the derivative work contain a technological measurethat effectively controls access the original work and the derivative work. to

23.

Sincethe creationof theoriginal work andthederivativework, Chamberlain been has

and still is the sole owner of all rights, title and interestin and to the respectivecopyrights in the original work and the derivative work.

24.

After August 1, 2002~Skylink hasmade,imported, offered to the public, provided

and otherwisetrafficked in a Model 39 universaltIansmitterthat (a) is designedor producedfor the purposeof circumventing the technologicalmeasure; hasno commercially significant purpose (b) or useother than to circumventthe technologicalmeasure; c) is marketedby Skylink for usein and circumventingthe technologicalmeasure, violation of 17 U.S.C. § 1201(a). in
25 Chamberlain has notified Skylink that Skylink is violating section 1201, and Skylink

hascontinuedits violation.
COUNT V
FALSE Dr.SCRIPTION

Chamberlainis. and at all relevanttimes hasbeen,in the businessof manufacturing and selling high quality garagedoor openers,including rolling code receiversand rolling code
transmiJters. under the trademark SECURITY+TM. Such garage door openers are sold under the brand

namesChamberlain,Lift-Master, and SearsCraftsman.

27.

Chamberlain has expendedsubstantial monies in advertising and promoting the

garage secUrityfeaturepro~idedby SECURlTy+TItI garagedoor openers.The securityfeatureis the hOmeowner'sdefense against burglars equipped with hi-tech "code grabber" devices. In this connection, each time the homeowner activates the Chamberlain rolling code transmitter, it

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automaticallyrolls the openercodeover to one of over 100billion new codes,neverto be repeated. Thus, the stolencode is rendereduseless. 28. Skyiink is in the business importing andselling Model 39 Universal Transmitters of

for usewith Chamberlain s rolling codereceivers. The Model 39 Universal Transmitter is sold in t competition with Chamberlain'srolling codetransmittersand universal transmitters 29. Skylink statesin its advertisements the packageof eachof its Model 39 U ni".ersa1 on

Transmitterssold in the United States that sucha transmitteris "Compatible with the latest Rolling Code Technology: Chamberlai~ Liftmaster, Sears,Sectaity+. . . .n (A copy of the advertisement is attached.)
30.

This description or representation false or is misleading becausethe Model 39 is

Univ~

Transmitter js riot compatible with such Rolling Code Technology. The opener code

transmitted by the Model 39 Universal Transmitter is not a rolling code which is different for each transmission, but is the same opener code for each transmission. This aJlows the burglar who steals the homeowner's opener code to easily defeat die security of Chamberlain's garage door opener. which the homeowner was depending upon.

31.

Such sales by Skylink oria Modc139 Universal Transmitter on packaging containing

suchfalseor misleadingdescriptionof fact will damage reputationof Chamberlain' garage the s door openersand will result in the loss of salesaJxfprofits. 32. All the foregoingactsof Skylink havecaused and,unlessrestIajnedby this Courtwill

continue to cause,seriousand irreparableinjury, inclOOing, not limited to, loss of competitive but advantage, loss of businessreputationand goodwill, loss of salesand profits, and other losse~for which Chamberlainhasno adequate remedyat law.
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The aforesaid wrongful acts of Sky link consti tute willful violation of the Lanham Act,

]5 V.S.C. § 112S.
COUNT VI
UNFAIR COMPETITION

34. 33 above.

Chamberlainreallegcsand incorporatesherein by referenceparagraphs through 26

35.
lllinois law.

The aforesaidwrongful actsof SkyLinkconstimte\villful unfair competition under

COUNT VII CONSUMER FRAUD AND DECEPrIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES ACT

36. 33 above

Chamberlmnreallegesand incorporatesherein by referenceparagraphs through 26

31.

The aforesaidwrongful acts of Skylink constitute willful violation of the Illinois

ConsumerFraud and Deceptive BusinessPracticesAct, 815 n..CS5OS/2.
COUNT VllI UNIFORM DECEPTIVE TRADE PRACTICES ACT

31. above. 39.

Chamberlainrealleges incorporates and hereinby reference paragraph through33 26

The aforesaidwrongful acts of Skyiink constitute willful violation of the Illinois

Uniform DeceptiveTrade PracticesAct, 815 n..cS 510/2.

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PRA YER FOR RELIEF

WHEREFORE. Chamberlain

prays for:

Judgmentthat the '364 and '703 Patentsand c)aims and 7 oftbe '105 Patentare valid, enforceableand infringed by Skylink;

2.

A preliminary and permanentinjunction enjoining Skylink, its officers, agents,

employees thosepersonsacting in active concertor participation with Skylink from infringing. and inducing infringementof, or contributorily infringing the '364 and '703 Patentsand claims 1 and 7 of tile ~lOSPatent;

3.

An awardof damages arising out of Skylink's infringement, inducing infringement

or contributory infringement of the .364 and .703 Patentsand claims I and 7 of the .105 Patent, togetherwith interest;

4.

A preliminary and permanentinjunction enjoining Skyl~

its officers~agen~

servants, employees and thosepersonsacting in active concert or participation \ith Skyiink from violating Section 1201by selling its Model 39 transmitter;

s.

An order impounding all Model 39 transmittersin the custodyor control of Skylink

that are involved in the violation by Skylink of Section 1201;
6.

Judgmentawarding damages Chamberlain,including statutory damages to and/or

suchdamages Chamberlainhassustained a result of the violation by Skylink of Section120I; as as
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Judgmentawarding to Chamberlainall profits of Skylink that areattributableto the

violation by Skylink of Section 1201;

8.

Skylink be requiredto deliver up to be impoundedduring the pendency this action of

all Model 39 transmitters in Skylink's custodyor control that the Court has reasonable causeto

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believe was involved in violation of Section 1201,and to deliver up for destructionall Model 39 transmitters;

9.

An order for the destructionof any Model 39 Universal Transmitter involved in the

violation of section 1201in Skylink's custodyor control, or has beenimpoundedunder paragraph
Sj

10.

A preliminary and pennanentinjunction ordering that SkyJink, its officers~agents,

servants employees, all thosepersons active concertor participation ~ith them, shall not and and in use, directly or indirectly, any advertisementstating that the Model 39 Universal Transmitter is compatible,in words or effect, with the Chamberlainrolling code receivers; 11 A preliminary andpemlancntinjunction ordering that Skylink placeon all packages

of its Model 39 Universal Transmitter a warning that, if used \ith Chamberlai11 rolling code receivers.the transmitter will defeatthe security featuresof suchreceivers. 12. An order that all advertisements and packagesbearing the representationthat is

subjectto the violation of IS U.S.C. § 112S(a)in Skylink's custodyor control be delivered up and
destroyed;

13.

An a'Ward Skylink' s profits and damages of sustainedby Chamberlainas a resultof

Skylink's violation of 15 V.S.C. § 1125(a)and violation ofll1inois law.

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Judgmentthat the damages adjudgedbe trebled; so Judgment that Chamberlain be awarded its attorney's fees, costs and expenses

incurred in this action; and

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Suchother and further relief asthe Court may deemjust andproper.

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JURY DEMAND

Chamberlaindemands trial by jury of all issuestriable of right by a jury.

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120 SouthLaSalle Street Suite 1600 Chicago.Illinois 60603-3406 312/577-1000
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Attorneys Plaintiff. 1ne Chamberlain Group, Inc. for

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CERTIFICATE

OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing AMENDEDCOMPLAINTwas caused to be served

asfollows upon: 1Hand D~Jiv~rv CharlesA. Laff, Esq. Michael A. Stiegcl, Esq. Brian Lum, Esq.
MJCHAEL,. BEST & FRIEDRICH

B.. Facsimile &; First Clars Mail Andra BarmasbGreene,Esq. David Nimmer, Esq. PeterT. Christensen, Esq. IRELL& MANELLA LLP 840 Newport CenterDrive, Suite 400 Newport Beach,California 92660 Facsimile: 949n60-5200

401 North Michigan Avenue. Suite 1900 Chicago,Illinois 60611

Attorneys for Defendant,this 16m of October.2002. day

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