National Cheng Kung University v. Apple Inc.

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COMPLAINT against Apple Inc. ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0540-4124092.), filed by National Cheng Kung University. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Huff, Winston)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS MARSHALL DIVISION NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY CIVIL ACTION NO. Plaintiff, v. APPLE, INC. JURY TRIAL DEMANDED Defendant. COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Plaintiff National Cheng Kung University (“NCKU” or “Plaintiff”) for its Complaint against Apple, Inc. (“Apple” or “Defendant”), demands a trial by jury, and alleges as follows: PARTIES 1. Plaintiff National Cheng Kung University is a higher education institution with a principal address of No. 1, University Road, Tainan, Taiwan, R.O.C. 2. On information and belief, Defendant Apple is incorporation under the laws of California with its principal place of business at 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA 95014. This defendant is registered to do business in the State of Texas and has appointed CT Corporation Systems, 350 N. St. Paul Street, Suite 2900, Dallas, TX 75201, as its agent for service of process. On information and belief, Apple regularly conducts and transacts business in the United States, throughout the State of Texas, and within the Eastern District of Texas, either itself and/or through one or more subsidiaries, affiliates, business divisions, or business units and has committed acts of infringement within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b). _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Page 1 of 5 JURISDICTION AND VENUE 3. This action arises under the Patent Laws of the United States, namely, 35 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq. This Court has exclusive subject matter jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a). 4. Venue is proper in this district under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b)(2) and (c) and/or 1400(b). On information and belief, Apple has transacted business in this district, and has committed acts of patent infringement in this district, by the making, using and/or selling of devices having a voice activated assistant, including those devices commonly referred to as “iPhones” and “iPads.” 5. On information and belief, Apple is subject to this Court’s general and specific personal jurisdiction because: Apple has minimum contacts within the State of Texas and the Eastern District of Texas and, pursuant to due process and/or the Texas Long Arm Statute, Apple has purposefully availed itself of the privileges of conducting business in the State of Texas and in the Eastern District of Texas; Apple regularly conducts and solicits business within the State of Texas and within the Eastern District of Texas; and causes of action arise directly from Apple’s business contacts and other activities in the State of Texas and in the Eastern District of Texas. COUNT I INFRINGEMENT OF U.S. PATENT NO. 7,561,078 6. NCKU is the owner of all rights, title and interest to United States Patent No. 7,561,078 (“the ‘078 Patent”) entitled “System and Method for Encoding A Data Sheet.” The ‘078 Patent was issued on July 14, 2009 after a full and fair examination by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The application leading to the ‘078 Patent was filed on November 9, 2007. Attached as Exhibit “A” is a copy of the ‘078 Patent. _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Page 2 of 5 7. The ‘078 Patent is generally directed to an improved encoding system for encoding a video data set. 8. On information and belief, Apple has been and now is infringing the ‘078 Patent in the State of Texas, in this judicial district, and elsewhere in the United States by making, using, importing, selling or offering to sell devices used to determine the similarity between an input speech data and sample speech date ouch devices that incorporate methods, and system units according to the ‘078 Patent. On information and belief, examples of Apple products that infringe the ‘078 Patent include, but are not limited to, all Apple products using block-orientated motion compensation video compression as embodied in the ITU-T H.264 Standard, including Apple FaceTime and Apple QuickTime. Apple is thus liable for infringement of the ‘078 Patent pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 271. 9. To the extent that facts learned in discovery show that Apple’s infringement of the ‘078 Patent is or has been willful, NCKU reserves the right to request such a finding at the time of trial. 10. As a result of Apple’s infringement of the ‘078 Patent, NCKU has suffered monetary damages in an amount not yet determined, and NCKU will continue to suffer damages in the future unless Apple’s infringing activities are enjoined by this Court. 11. Unless a permanent injunction is issued enjoining Apple and its agent, servants, employees, representatives, affiliates, and all others acting on or in active concert therewith from infringing the ‘078 Patent, NCKU will be greatly and irreparably harmed. PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, NCKU respectfully requests that this Court enter: _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Page 3 of 5 A. A judgment in favor of NCKU that Apple has infringed the ‘078 Patent, and that such infringement was willful; B. A permanent injunction enjoining Apple and its officers, directors, agents, servants, affiliates, employees, divisions, branches, subsidiaries, parents, and all others acting in active concert therewith from infringing the ‘078 Patent; C. A judgment and order requiring Apple to pay NCKU its damages, costs, expenses, and prejudgment and post-judgment interest for Apple infringement of the ‘078 Patent as provided under 35 U.S.C. § 284; D. An award to NCKU for enhanced damages resulting from the knowing, deliberate, and willful nature of Apple’s prohibited conduct with notice being made at least as early as the date of the filing of this Complaint, as provided under 35 U.S.C. § 284; E. A judgment and order finding that this is an exceptional case within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 285 and awarding to NCKU its reasonable attorneys’ fees; and F. Any and all other relief to which NCKU may show itself to be entitled. DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL NCKU, under Rule 38 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, requests a trial by jury of any issues so triable by right. _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Page 4 of 5 Dated: May 3, 2013 Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ Winston O. Huff Winston O. Huff, Attorney in Charge Texas State Bar No. 24068745 Deborah Jagai Texas State Bar No. 24048571 W. O. Huff & Associates, PLLC 302 N. Market Street, Suite 450 Dallas, TX 75202 214.749.1220 (Firm) 469.206.2173 (Fax) ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF, NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY CERTIFICATE OF FILING I hereby certify that on this 3rd day of May, 2013, I electronically filed the foregoing document with the Clerk of the Court using the CM/ECF system. /s/ Winston O. Huff Winston O. Huff _____________________________________________________________________________________ COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Page 5 of 5

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