Beneficial Innovations, Inc. v. Careerbuilder, LLC et al

Filing 13

AMENDED COMPLAINT for Patent Infringement against Comcast Corporation, Disney Online, Facebook, Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., NBC Universal, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Morris Communications Company, LLC, The New York Times Company, YouTube, LLC, The Dallas Morning News, Inc., Digg, Inc., Ebaum's World, Inc., Google, Inc., filed by Beneficial Innovations, Inc..(Capshaw, Sidney)

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Beneficial Innovations, Inc. v. Careerbuilder, LLC et al Doc. 13 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS MARSHALL DIVISION BENEFICIAL INNOVATIONS, INC., Plaintiff, CASE NO. 2:09-CV-175-TJW vs. Jury Trial Demanded COMCAST CORPORATION, a Delaware corporation; THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS, INC., a Delaware corporation; DIGG, INC., a Delaware corporation; DISNEY ONLINE, a California corporation; THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY; a Delaware corporation; EBAUM'S WORLD, INC., a New York corporation; FACEBOOK, INC., a Delaware corporation; GOOGLE INC., a Delaware corporation; lAC SEARCH & MEDIA, INC., a Delaware corporation; MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS COMP ANY, LLC, a Georgia limited liability company; NBC UNIVERSAL, INC., a Delaware corporation; THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, a New York corporation; and YOUTUBE, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, Defendants. AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Beneficial Innovations, Inc. ("Beneficial Innovations") sues Defendants Comcast Corporation, The Dallas Morning News, Inc., Digg, Inc., Disney Online, The Walt Disney Company; Ebaum's World, Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google, Inc., lAC Search & Media, Inc., Morris Communications Company, LLC, The New York Times Company, NBC Universal, Inc., and Y ouTube, LLC (collectively "Defendants") and, on information and belief, alleges as follows: 1 Dockets.Justia.com Introduction 1. Plaintiff Beneficial Innovations, Inc. ("Beneficial Innovations") owns the inventions described and claimed in United States Patent No. 7,496,943 entitled "Networking System for Presenting Advertising" (the "'943 Patent"). Defendants (a) have used and continue to use Plaintiff s patented technology in products that they make, use, import, sell, and offer to sell, and (b) have contributed to or induced, and continue to contribute to or induce, others to infringe the Patents. Beneficial Innovations seeks damages for patent infringement and an injunction preventing Defendants from making, using, selling, or offering to sell, and from contributing to and inducing others to make, use, sell, or offer to sell, the technology claimed by the Patents without Plaintiff s permission. Jurisdiction and Venue 2. This is an action for patent infringement arising under the patent laws of the United States, 35 US.C. 271 and 281, et seq. The Court has original jurisdiction over this patent infringement action under 28 US.C. 1338(a). 3. Each of the Defendants has committed acts and continues to commit acts within this judicial district giving rise to this action. Venue is proper in this district pursuant to 28 US.C. 1391(b) and 1400. Plaintiff Beneficial Innovations 4. Plaintiff Beneficial Innovations is a corporation existing under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Nevada. Defendants 5. Upon information and belief, Comcast Corporation is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal place of business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 6. Upon information and belief, The Dallas Morning News, Inc. is a Delaware corporation having its principle place of business in Dallas, Texas. 2 7. Upon information and belief, Digg, Inc. is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal place of business in San Francisco, California. 8. Upon information and belief, Disney Online is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of California, with its principal place of business in Burbank, California. 9. Upon information and belief, The Walt Disney Company is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal place of business in Burbank, California. 10. Upon information and belief, Ebaum's World, Inc. is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York, with its principal place of business in Rochester, New York. 11. Upon information and belief, Facebook, Inc. is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal place of business in Palo Alto, California. 12. Upon information and belief, Google Inc. is a Delaware corporation Google is having its principal place of business in Mountain View, California ("Google"). registered to do business as a foreign for-profit corporation in the state of Texas. Google's foreign corporation registration lists Corporation Service Company DBA CSC as its registered agent for service of process. 13. Upon information and belief, lAC Search & Media, Inc., is a Delaware lAC is corporation having its principal place of business in Oakland, California ("lAC"). registered to do business as a foreign for-profit corporation in the state of Texas. lAC's foreign corporation registration lists National Registered Agents, Inc. as its registered agent for service of process. 14. Upon information and belief, Morris Communications Company, LLC is a Georgia limited liability company having its principle place of business in Augusta, Georgia. 3 15. Upon information and belief, The New York Times Company is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of New York, with its principal place of business in New York, New York. 16. Upon information and belief, NBC Universal, Inc. is a Delaware corporation having its principal place of business in New York, New York. 16. Upon information and belief, YouTube, LLC is a Delaware limited liability company with its principle place of business in Bruno, California. First Claim for Patent Infringement (infringement of the '943 patent) 16. Plaintiff incorporates by reference each of the allegations in paragraphs 1 - 12 above and further alleges as follows: 17. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the '943 patent on February 24, 2009. Attached as Exhibit A is what is believed to be a copy of the text of the '943 patent. Through assignment, Plaintiff is the owner of all right, title, and interest in the '943 patent, including all rights to pursue and collect damages for past infringements of the patent. 18. Defendants Comcast Corporation, The Dallas Morning News, Inc., Digg, Inc., Disney Online, Inc., The Walt Disney Company, Ebaum's World, Inc., Facebook, Inc., Google, Inc., lAC Search & Media, Inc., Morris Communications Company, LLC, The New York Times Company, NBC Universal, Inc., and YouTube, LLC have infringed, contributed to the infringement, or induced others to infringe the '943 Patent and, unless enjoined, will continue to infringe the '943 Patent by using the methodes) claimed in the '943 Patent or by contributing to or inducing others to use the claimed methodes), including at least the use of the patented methods on the following web sites, without a license or permission from Plaintiff: Defendant Comcast Corporation The Dallas Morning News, Inc. Infringing website www.comcast.net www.dallasnews.com 4 Digg, Inc. Disney Online, Inc. The Walt Disney Company Ebaum's World, Inc. Facebook, Inc. Google, Inc. lAC Seach & Media, Inc. www.digg.com www.go.com; www.espn.com; www.abc.com www.go.com; www.espn.com; www.abc.com www.ebaumsworld.com www.facebook.com www.google.com www.excite.com; www.evite.com; www.citysearch.com; www.ask.com; www.match.com; www.monster.com Morris Communications Company, LLC The New York Times Company NBC Universal, Inc. YouTube LLC 19. www.augustchronicle.com www.nytimes.com www.nbc.com www.youtube.com Plaintiff has been damaged by Defendants' infringement of the '943 patent and will suffer additional irreparable damage and impairment of the value of its patent rights unless Defendants are enjoined from continuing to infringe the '943 patent. 20. of the '943 patent. 21. Plaintiff is entitled to recover damages from the Defendants to compensate The Defendants are and have been willfully infringing one or more claims them for the infringement. 22. Plaintiff demands trial by jury of all issues relating to this claim. WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays for judgment as follows: A. A decree preliminarily and permanently enjoining Defendants, their officers, directors, employees, agents, and all persons in active concert with them, from infringing, and contributing to or inducing others to infringe, the '943 patent; B. Compensatory damages for Defendants' infringement of the '943 patent; 5 C. Treble the compensatory damages as consequence of Defendants' willful infringement; D. Costs of suit and attorneys' fees on the basis that this patent infringement case is exceptional; E. F. Pre-judgment interest; and For such other relief as justice requires. Dated: September 4,2009 Respectfully submitted, By: lsi S. Calvin Capshaw S. Calvin Capshaw State Bar No. 03783900 Elizabeth L. DeRieux State Bar No. 05770585 Capshaw DeRieux, LLP Energy Centre 1127 Judson Road, Suite 220 P. O. Box 3999 (75606-3999) Longview, Texas 75601-5157 Telephone: (903) 236-9800 Facsimile: (903) 236-8787 Email: ccapshaw@capshawlaw.com Email: ederieux@capshawlaw.com Of Counsel: Gregory S. Dovel CA State Bar No. 135387 Julien Adams CA State Bar No. 156135 Dovel & Luner, LLP 201 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 600 Santa Monica, CA 90401 Telephone: 310-656-7066 Facsimile: 310-657-7069 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF BENEFICIAL INNOVATIONS 6

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