Freeny et al v Apple Inc

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COMPLAINT for Patent Infringement against Apple Inc. ( Filing fee $ 350 receipt number 0540-4115339.), filed by James P. Freeny, Bryan E. Freeny, Charles C Freeny. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Cover Sheet, # 2 Exhibit A to Complaint)(Banys, Christopher)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS MARSHALL DIVISION CHARLES C. FREENY III, BRYAN E. FREENY, and JAMES P. FREENY, Plaintiffs, Case No. ______________ JURY TRIAL DEMANDED v. APPLE INC., Defendant. COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Plaintiffs Charles C. Freeny III, Bryan E. Freeny, and James P. Freeny (collectively “Plaintiffs”), for their Complaint against Defendant Apple Inc., hereby allege as follows: THE PARTIES 1. Plaintiff Charles C. Freeny III is an individual residing in Flower Mound, Texas. 2. Plaintiff Bryan E. Freeny is an individual residing in Ft. Worth, Texas. 3. Plaintiff James P. Freeny is an individual residing in Spring, Texas. 4. On information and belief, Defendant Apple Inc. (“Apple”) is a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the State of California, having its principal place of business at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 5. This is an action for patent infringement arising under the Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. §§101 et seq. This Court has jurisdiction over Plaintiffs’ federal law claims under 28 U.S.C. §§1331 and 1338(a). 1 6. This Court has specific and/or general personal jurisdiction over Defendant Apple because it has committed acts giving rise to this action within this judicial district and/or has established minimum contacts within Texas and within this judicial district such that the exercise of jurisdiction over each would not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice. 7. Venue is proper in this District pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§1391(b)-(c) and 1400(b) because Apple has committed acts within this judicial district giving rise to this action, and continue to conduct business in this district, and/or have committed acts of patent infringement within this District giving rise to this action. INFRINGEMENT OF U.S. PATENT NO. 7,110,744 8. Plaintiffs re-allege and incorporate by reference the allegations set forth in the Paragraphs above as if fully set forth herein. 9. On September 19, 2006, the United States Patent and Trademark Office duly and lawfully issued United States Patent Number 7,110,744 (“the ’744 patent”) entitled “Communication and Proximity Authorization Systems.” A true and correct copy of the ’744 patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 10. The named inventor of the ’744 patent is Charles C. Freeny, Jr., who is now deceased. 11. Plaintiffs are the sons of Charles C. Freeny, Jr., and Plaintiffs are the owners and assignees of all right, title and interest in and to the ’744 patent, including the right to assert all causes of action arising under said patent and the right to any remedies for infringement of it. 12. On information and belief, Apple has been and now is infringing the ’744 patent in the State of Texas, in this judicial district, and elsewhere in the United States by, among other things, making, using, importing, offering to sell, and/or selling in the United States dual band 2 wireless networking products that embody the inventions claimed in the ’744 patent, including but not limited to the Apple AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme and all reasonably similar products. 13. On information and belief, Apple will continue to infringe the ’744 patent unless enjoined by this Court. 14. Apple’s acts of infringement have damaged Plaintiffs in an amount to be proven at trial, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty. Apple’s infringement of Plaintiffs’ rights under the ’744 patent will continue to damage Plaintiffs, causing irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law, unless enjoined by this Court. PRAYER FOR RELIEF Wherefore, Plaintiffs respectfully request that this Court enter judgment against Apple as follows: a. For judgment that Apple has infringed and continues to infringe the claims of the ’744 patent; b. For preliminary and permanent injunction against Apple and its respective officers, directors, agents, servants, affiliates, employees, divisions, branches, subsidiaries, parents, and all others acting in active concert therewith from infringement of the ’744 Patent; c. For an accounting of all damages caused by Apple’s acts of infringement; d. For damages to be paid by Apple adequate to compensate Plaintiffs for such infringement, including interest, costs and disbursement as justified under 35 U.S.C. § 284; and e. For such other relief at law and in equity as the Court may deem just and proper. 3 DEMAND FOR A JURY TRIAL Plaintiffs demand a trial by jury of all issues triable by a jury. Dated: April 29, 2013 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Christopher D. Banys Christopher D. Banys - Lead Attorney BANYS, P.C. Christopher D. Banys SBN: 230038 (California) Richard C. Lin SBN: 209233 (California) 2200 Geng Road, Suite 200 Palo Alto, CA 94303 Tel: (650) 308-8505 Fax: (650) 322-9103 LOCAL COUNSEL: WARD & SMITH LAW FIRM Wesley Hill SBN: 24032294 P.O. Box 1231 1127 Judson Rd., Ste. 220 Longview, TX 75601 Tel: (903) 757-6400 Fax: (903) 757-2323 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS CHARLES C. FREENY III, BRYAN E. FREENY, AND JAMES P. FREENY 4

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