Cygnus Systems, Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, et al

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COMPLAINT. Filing fee received: $ 350.00, receipt number 09700000000002456298, filed by Cygnus Systems, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Warner, Peter)

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Cygnus Systems, Inc. Doc. 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Peter C. Warner (Ariz. State Bar #009338) 1723 W. 4th Street Tempe, AZ 85281-2404 Tel.: (480) 894-6500 Fax: (602) 798-8279 pcw@warnerpatents.com Attorney for Plaintiff IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Cygnus Systems, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. Microsoft Corporation; Apple Inc.; and Google Inc., Defendants. ) ) ) Case No. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) JURY TRIAL DEMANDED ) ) COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Plaintiff, Cygnus Systems, Inc., complains of defendants, Microsoft Corporation ("Microsoft"), Apple Inc. ("Apple"), and Google Inc. ("Google"), as follows: 1. This is a claim for patent infringement arising under the patent laws of the United States, Title 35 of the United States Code. This Court has exclusive jurisdiction over the subject matter of this case under 28 U.S.C. 1338(a). 2. Cygnus Systems, Inc. is an Arizona corporation that has a principal place of business at 40117 N. High Noon Way, Anthem, Arizona 85086. Cygnus owns United States Patent No. 7,346,850 ("the '850 Patent"), entitled "System and Method for Iconic Software Environment Management," which issued on March 18, 2008 (Exhibit A), and has the exclusive right to license and enforce the `850 Patent and to collect all damages for infringement of such patent. Cygnus also has standing to sue for infringement of the `850 Patent. 1 Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 3. Microsoft Corporation is a Washington corporation with its principal place of business at One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington 90852. Defendant Microsoft transacts business in this judicial district and has committed acts of infringement in this judicial district, at least by advertising, selling, and offering to sell the products at issue in this case for use or download throughout this judicial district and which infringe one or more claims of the `850 Patent. 4. Apple Inc. is a California corporation with a principal place of 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 computer files. 28 business at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California 95014. Defendant Apple transacts business in this judicial district and has committed acts of infringement in this judicial district, at least by advertising, selling, and offering to sell the products at issue in this case throughout this judicial district and which infringe one or more claims of the `850 Patent. 5. Google Inc. is a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business at 1600 Ampitheater Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043. Defendant Google transacts business in this judicial district and has committed acts of infringement in this judicial district, at least by operating its Google.com website and by advertising, selling, and offering to sell the products at issue in this case for use or download throughout this judicial district and which infringe one or more claims of the `850 Patent. 6. Venue is proper in this district under 28 U.S.C. 1391 and 1400(b). PATENT INFRINGEMENT 7. The '850 Patent generally relates to methods of and systems for accessing one or more computer files via a graphical icon, wherein the graphical icon includes an image of a selected portion or portions of the one or more 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 8. Microsoft has infringed one or more claims of the `850 Patent at least by making, using, selling, and offering for sale its Vista operating system and Vista's accompanying iconic file preview and access functionality. Microsoft has further infringed one or more claims of the `850 Patent at least by making, using, selling, and offering for sale its Internet Explorer 8 web browser and Internet Explorer 8's accompanying iconic file preview and access functionality. 9. Apple has infringed one or more claims of the `850 Patent at least by 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 parents, affiliates, officers, directors, agents, servants, employees, and all 28 making, using, selling, and offering for sale its Mac OS X Leopard ("Leopard") operating system and Leopard's accompanying "Finder" and "Cover Flow" features, which include iconic file preview and access functionality. Apple has further infringed one or more claims of the `850 Patent at least by making, using, selling, and offering for sale its iPhone and iPhone's accompanying iconic file preview and access functionality, including but not limit to the iconic file preview and access functionality of iPhone's main menu and Safari Internet browser applications. 10. Google has infringed one or more claims of the `850 Patent at least by making, using, selling, and offering for sale Google's Chrome web browser and Chrome's accompanying iconic file preview and access functionality. 11. Defendants' infringement has injured plaintiff Cygnus and it is entitled to recover damages adequate to compensate it for such infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty. WHEREFORE, plaintiff Cygnus respectfully requests this Court enter judgment against defendants Microsoft Corporation, Google Inc., and Microsoft Corporation., individually and jointly, and against their subsidiaries, successors, 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 persons in active concert or participation with them, granting the following relief: A. The entry of judgment in favor of plaintiff, and against each of the defendants; B. An award of damages adequate to compensate plaintiff for the infringement that has occurred, together with prejudgment interest from the date the infringement began, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty as permitted by 35 U.S.C. 284; 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 OF COUNSEL Raymond P. Niro Lee F. Grossman Matthew G. McAndrews Anna B. Folgers Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro 181 West Madison, Suite 4600 Chicago, Illinois 60602 Tel: (312) 236-0733 Fax: (312) 236-3137 By: /s/ Peter C. Warner Peter C. Warner Attorney for Plaintiff E. D. C. A finding that this case is exceptional and an award to plaintiff of its attorneys' fees and costs as provided by 35 U.S.C. 285; A permanent injunction prohibiting further infringement of the `850 Patent; and, Such other relief that plaintiffs is entitled to under law and any other and further relief that this Court or a jury may deem just and proper. Jury Demand Plaintiff requests a trial by jury on all issues presented in this Complaint. PETER C. WARNER, P.C. 4