Ideaflood, Inc. v. Google, Inc.

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COMPLAINT For Patent Infringement; Demand for Jury Trial - [Summons Issued] against Google, Inc., [Filing Fee: $150.00, Receipt Number 3364690]. Filed by Plaintiff Ideaflood, Inc.. (tn, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 10/4/2004) Additional attachment(s) added on 11/17/2004 (tn, COURT STAFF).

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Ideaflood, Inc. v. Google, Inc. Doc. 1 Case 3:04-cv-04201-EDL Document 1 Filed 10/04/2004 Page 1 of 6 1 ROBERT J. YORIO (SBN 93178) ADRIAN R. WOLFF (SBN 197447) 2 CARR & FERRELL LLP 2200 Geng Road 3 Palo Alto, CA 94303 Telephone: (650) 812-3400 4 Facsimile: (650) 812-3444 5 Attorneys for Plaintiff IDEAFLOOD, INC. 6 7 8 9 10 11 IDEAFLOOD, INC., a Nevada corporation, 12 13 14 15 16 17 Plaintiff Ideaflood, Inc. ("Ideaflood") hereby alleges for its Complaint against defendant v. GOOGLE, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant. Plaintiff, CASE NO. COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 18 Google, Inc. ("Google"), on personal knowledge as to its own activities, and on information and 19 belief as to the activities of others, as follows: 20 21 1. PARTIES Plaintiff Ideaflood is a Nevada corporation with a place of business in Fresno, 22 California. Ideaflood is an intellectual property generation and holding company specializing in 23 core Internet technologies. 24 2. Defendant Google is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business in 25 Mountain View, California. Google is best known for its web search and advertising technologies, 26 but also operates a "blogger" service that allows users to create and maintain personal journals on 27 the web. Plaintiff is informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Google's blogger service, 28 {00126279v1} -1COMPLAINT OF IDEAFLOOD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Dockets.Justia.com Case 3:04-cv-04201-EDL Document 1 Filed 10/04/2004 Page 2 of 6 1 among other things, collects information from a user, including a user-selected subdomain label, for 2 use with a higher level domain name. 3 4 3. JURISDICTION AND VENUE This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action pursuant to 28 5 U.S.C. 1338(a), because this action contains a claim for patent infringement arising under the 6 United States Patent & Trademark laws, 35 U.S.C. 1 et seq. In particular, Ideaflood alleges that 7 the operation of Google's blogger service infringes Ideaflood's patent. 8 4. Personal jurisdiction and venue for this action is proper in this Court pursuant to 28 9 U.S.C. 1391(b)-(c), and 1400(b), in that Google resides in this District and a substantial part of 10 the events and omissions by Google, including acts of infringement, giving rise to these claims 11 occurred in this district. 12 13 5. INTRA DISTRICT ASSIGNMENT For the purposes of Civil L.R. 3-2(c), this Intellectual Property action may be 14 assigned to any division of this Court. 15 16 17 6. COUNT 1 PATENT INFRINGEMENT (Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,687,746 B1) On February 3, 2004, the United States Patent and Trademark Office duly and 18 legally issued U.S. Patent No. 6,687,746 B1 ("the `746 Patent"), which is generally directed to a 19 service for hosting domains and assigning domain names to users, wherein the domain name is 20 defined, in part, by the user. Ideaflood is the owner, by valid assignment, of all right, title, and 21 interest in and to the `746 Patent. A copy of the `746 Patent is attached to the Complaint as Exhibit 22 A. 23 7. Google, by operating its blogger service, has infringed and continues to infringe; has 24 induced and continues to induce others to infringe; and/or has committed and continues to commit 25 acts of contributory infringement of one of more of the claims of the `756 Patent. Plaintiff is 26 informed and believes, and thereon alleges, that Google's infringing activities in the United States 27 in this District include the development, manufacture, use, sale and/or offer for sale of a service that 28 infringes one or more of the claims of the `746 Patent. {00126279v1} -2COMPLAINT OF IDEAFLOOD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Case 3:04-cv-04201-EDL Document 1 Filed 10/04/2004 Page 3 of 6 1 /// 2 8. As a consequence of the infringing actions of Google regarding the `746 Patent as 3 complained of herein, plaintiff has suffered monetary damages in an amount not yet determined, 4 and plaintiff will continue to suffer irreparable damages in the future unless and until defendant's 5 infringing activities are enjoined by this Court. 6 9. As a result of Google's infringement of the `746 Patent, Ideaflood has been and will 7 continue to be injured in its business and property rights, and is entitled to recover damages for 8 such injuries pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284 in an amount to be determined at trial. 9 10. Google's infringement of the `746 Patent has been and continues to be deliberate and 10 willful, thereby rendering this an exceptional case pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284 and 285. 11 12 13 WHEREFORE, plaintiff prays for relief as hereinafter set forth. PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Ideaflood requests entry of judgment in its favor and against 14 Google as follows: 15 16 A. B. Declaring that Google has infringed one or more claims of the `746 Patent; Preliminarily and/or permanently enjoining Google and its officers, agents, 17 servants, employees, and attorneys, and all persons acting in active concert or participation with 18 them, from further infringing, contributing to, and/or inducing the infringement of the `746 Patent, 19 in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 283; 20 C. Awarding Ideaflood damages in an amount adequate to compensate Ideaflood for 21 Google's infringement, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 284; 22 D. Increasing the damages to three times the amount found or assessed by virtue of 23 the deliberate and willful nature of Google's infringement, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 284; 24 /// 25 /// 26 /// 27 /// 28 /// {00126279v1} -3COMPLAINT OF IDEAFLOOD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Case 3:04-cv-04201-EDL Document 1 Filed 10/04/2004 Page 4 of 6 1 /// 2 3 E. F. Awarding Ideaflood is costs of suit, including reasonable attorneys fees; and Granting such other and further relief as this Court may deem just and 4 appropriate. 5 6 7 Dated: October 4, 2004 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 {00126279v1} CARR & FERRELL LLP By ROBERT J. YORIO ADRIAN R. WOLFF Attorneys for Plaintiff IDEAFLOOD, INC. -4COMPLAINT OF IDEAFLOOD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Case 3:04-cv-04201-EDL Document 1 Filed 10/04/2004 Page 5 of 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Dated: October 4, 2004 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 {00126279v1} DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL Ideaflood hereby demands a jury trial of all issues in the above-captioned action which are triable to a jury. CARR & FERRELL LLP By ROBERT J. YORIO ADRIAN R. WOLFF Attorneys for Plaintiff IDEAFLOOD, INC. -5COMPLAINT OF IDEAFLOOD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Case 3:04-cv-04201-EDL Document 1 Filed 10/04/2004 Page 6 of 6 1 2 CERTIFICATION OF INTERESTED ENTITIES OR PERSONS Pursuant to Civil L.R. 3-16, the undersigned certifies that the following listed persons, 3 associations of persons, firms, partnerships, corporations (including parent corporations) or other 4 entities (i) have a financial interest in the subject matter in controversy or in a party to the 5 proceeding, or (ii) have a non-financial interest in that subject matter or in a party that could be 6 substantially affected by the outcome of this proceeding: General Patent Corporation International. 7 8 9 Dated: October 4, 2004 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 {00126279v1} CARR & FERRELL LLP By /s/ ROBERT J. YORIO ADRIAN R. WOLFF Attorneys for Plaintiff IDEAFLOOD, INC. -6COMPLAINT OF IDEAFLOOD FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

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