Mirror Worlds, LLC v. Apple, Inc.

Filing 106

Third-Party Defendant Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc.'s ANSWER to 58 Counterclaim, Answer to Complaint by Mirror Worlds Technologies, Inc..(An, Richard)

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Mirror Worlds, LLC v. Apple, Inc. Doc. 106 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION \MIRROR WORLDS, LLC Plaintiff, JURY TRIAL DEMANDED v. APPLE, INC. Defendant. APPLE, INC. Counterclaim Plaintiff v. MIRROR WORLDS, LLC, MIRROR WORLDS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. Counterclaim Defendants. Civil Action No. 6:08-CV-88 LED THIRD-PARTY DEFENDANT MIRROR WORLDS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.'S ANSWER AND DEFENSES TO APPLE, INC.'S PATENT INFRINGMENT CLAIM Third-Party Defendant Mirror Worlds Technologies Inc. ("MWT") hereby responds to Paragraphs 78-93 of Apple, Inc.'s First Amended Counterclaims, Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims ("Apple's Patent Infringement Claim"). Paragraphs 78-93, below, correspond to the paragraph numbers of the allegations in Apple's Patent Infringement Claim to which they respond. To the extent not expressly admitted herein, MWT denies the allegations in Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. -1- Dockets.Justia.com COUNT FIVE ALLEGED INFRINGEMENT OF U.S. PATENT NO. 6,613,101 A. 78. The Parties On information and belief, MWT admits that Apple, Inc. ("Apple") is a California Except as so corporation having its principal place of business in Cupertino, California. expressly admitted, MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 78 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. 79. On information and belief, MWT admits the allegations in paragraph 79 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. 80. MWT does not contest service in this action. MWT admits that it is a Delaware corporation and that it was the assignee of (a) the patent applications corresponding to United States Patent Nos. 6,006,227 and 6,638,313 as of December 17, 1999, (b) the patent application corresponding to United States Patent No. 6,725,427 as of December 10, 2001, and (c) the patent application corresponding to United States Patent No. 6,768,999 on or before November 16, 2001. MWT further states that in or around June 2004, MWT sold its rights in the foregoing applications to Recognition Interface, Inc. Except as so expressly admitted, MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 80 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. B. 81. Other Relevant Entities On information and belief, MWT admits that Frank Weil and/or one or more Abacus entities invested monies in MWT prior to March 20, 2001. On information and belief, MWT further admits that Frank Weil is the Chairman of Abacus & Associates, Inc. and was, at one time, on the Board of Directors of MWT. MWT is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the remaining allegations in paragraph 81 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim and, therefore, denies them. -2- 82. MWT admits that in or around June 2004, MWT sold its rights in United States Patent Nos. 6,006,227; 6,638,313; 6,725,427; and 6,768,999 and/or their respective corresponding patent applications to Recognition Interface, Inc. MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 82 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim to the extent they are inconsistent with the foregoing statement. The remaining allegations in paragraph 82 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim do not pertain to MWT. 83. On information and belief, MWT admits that Plainfield Specialty Holdings I, Inc. ("PSH I") is a Delaware corporation and that PSH I is the sole member of Mirror Worlds, LLC. On information and belief, MWT further admits that pursuant to a Patent Purchase Agreement in or around December 2007, PSH I purchased United States Patent Nos. 6,006,227; 6,638,313; 6,725,427; and 6,768,999 from Recognition Interface, LLC and that in or around March 2008, PSH I assigned those patents to Mirror Worlds, LLC. MWT is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the remaining allegations in paragraph 83 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim and, therefore, denies them. 84. Claim. C. 85. Jurisdiction and Venue MWT admits that Apple's Patent Infringement claim alleges a cause of action MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 84 of Apple's Patent Infringement under the patent laws of the United States and that this Court has subject matter jurisdiction to hear that claim. Except as so expressly admitted, MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 85 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. -3- 86. MWT does not contest personal jurisdiction in this district. Except as so expressly admitted, MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 86 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. 87. MWT does not contest personal jurisdiction in this district. Except as so expressly admitted, MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 87 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. 88. MWT does not, at present, contend that venue is improper in this district. Except as so expressly admitted, MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 88 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim. MWT expressly reserves all rights to bring a motion to transfer venue, including under 28 U.S.C. 1404, at a later time. D. 89. Alleged Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,613,101 MWT admits that a document purporting to be U.S. Patent No. 6,613,101 ("the `101 patent") was attached as Exhibit A to Apple's First Amended Answer, Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims. MWT further admits that the `101 patent, on its face, is entitled "Method and Apparatus for Organizing Information in a Computer System," bears the issuance date of September 2, 2003, and identifies Richard Mander, Daniel E. Rose, Gitta Salomon, Yin Yin Wong, Timothy Oren, Susan Booker, and Stephanie Houde as inventors. MWT is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the remaining allegations of Paragraph 89 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim and, therefore, denies them. 90. Claim. 91. On information and belief, MWT admits that it was aware of U.S. Patent No. MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 90 of Apple's Patent Infringement 6,234,724 by June 2003. MWT is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief -4- as to the truth of the remaining allegations of Paragraph 91 of Apple's Patent Infringement Claim and, therefore, denies them. 92. Claim. 93. Claim. APPLE'S PRAYER FOR RELIEF To the extent necessary, MWT denies that Apple is entitled to any of the relief requested in its prayer for relief. MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 93 of Apple's Patent Infringement MWT denies the allegations in paragraph 92 of Apple's Patent Infringement DEFENSES FIRST DEFENSE Failure to State a Claim Apple's Patent Infringement Claim fails to state a claim upon which relief can be granted because MWT has not performed any act or thing and is not proposing to perform any act or thing in violation of any rights validly belonging to Apple. SECOND DEFENSE Non-Infringement MWT has not infringed and does not infringe any asserted claim of U.S. Patent No. 6,613,101 ("the `101 patent"). Nor has MWT induced or contributed to any infringement of the `101 patent. THIRD DEFENSE Laches Apple's Patent Infringement Claim is barred, in whole or in part, by the doctrine of laches. -5- FOURTH DEFENSE Estoppel Apple's Patent Infringement Claim is barred, in whole or in part, by the doctrine of estoppel. FIFTH DEFENSE Waiver Apple's Patent Infringement Claim is barred, in whole or in part, by the doctrine of waiver. SIXTH DEFENSE Statute of Limitations Apple's Patent Infringement Claim is barred, in whole or in part, by applicable statutes of limitations, including, but not limited to 35 U.S.C. 286. SEVENTH DEFENSE Failure to Mark Apple's Patent Infringement Claim is barred, in whole or in part, by 35 U.S.C. 287. EIGHTH DEFENSE Prosecution History Estoppel Apple's Patent Infringement Claim is barred, in whole or in part, by the doctrine of prosecution history estoppel. Reservation of Rights MWT reserves the right to assert additional defenses that further investigation or discovery may support. MWT'S PRAYER FOR RELIEF Wherefore, MWT prays that the Court: 1. 2. Dismiss Apple's Patent Infringement Claim with prejudice; Declare that this case is exceptional and award MWT its reasonable attorneys' fees and costs; and 3. Award MWT such other and further relief as the Court may deem just and proper. -6- Dated: August 10, 2009 Respectfully submitted, BY: /s/ Richard H. An Otis Carroll, Lead Counsel (Texas States Bar No. 03895700) Deborah Race (Texas State Bar No. 16448700) IRELAND CARROLL & KELLEY, P.C. 6101 S. Broadway, Suite 500 Tyler, Texas 75703 Tel: (903) 561-1600 Fax: (903) 581-1071 Email: Fedserv@icklaw.com OF COUNSEL: Joseph Diamante (Pro Hac Vice) Kenneth L. Stein (Pro Hac Vice) Richard H. An (Pro Hac Vice) STROOCK & STROOCK & LAVAN LLP 180 Maiden Lane New York, N.Y. 10038 Tel: (212) 806-5400 Fax: (212) 806-6006 Email: kstein@stroock.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF, Email: ran@stroock.com MIRROR WORLDS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. -7- CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned hereby certifies that all counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of this document this 10th day of August, 2009, via the Court's CM/ECF system per Local Rule CV-5(a)(3). /s/ Richard H. An -8-