Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC v. Google Inc.

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COMPLAINT for Patent Infringement against Google Inc. ( Filing fee $ 400 receipt number 0540-4777330.), filed by Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - '045 Patent, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(DeRieux, Elizabeth)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS MARSHALL DIVISION MULTIPLAYER NETWORK INNOVATIONS, LLC, Civil Action No. ______ Plaintiff, JURY TRIAL DEMANDED v. GOOGLE INC., Defendant. ORIGINAL COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Plaintiff Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC (“MNI” or “Plaintiff”), by and through its counsel, for its complaint against Defendant Google Inc. (“Defendant” or “Google”), alleges as follows: BACKGROUND 1. MNI holds U.S. Patent No. 5,618,045 (the, “MNI patent” or the, “‘045 patent”), a patent invented by Dr. Michael Kagan and Ian Solomon. 2. Dr. Kagan is a noted scholar and inventor. He holds a PhD in chemistry from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and is the author of numerous books and journal articles relating to technology, chemistry, and religion. Dr. Kagan’s articles have been published in the journals including Nature and the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 3. Dr. Kagan is the inventor of ten United States patents. 4. Ian Solomon is an inventor and entrepreneur who is the co-founder of medical device makers SteadyMed Therapeutics, Inc. and Aespira Ltd. 5. During the mid-1990’s, Dr. Kagan and Mr. Solomon conceived of a way for electronic devices to communicate with one another for the playing of computer games. 6. Dr. Kagan and Mr. Solomon’s idea was conceived in part against the backdrop of the conflict in the Middle East. The idea was to use wirelessly connected gaming devices to open up channels of communication between people with divergent views. 7. Among Dr. Kagan and Mr. Solomon’s inventions are inventions relating to the use of a device to enable two or more people to play a game over a wireless network. 8. Dr. Kagan and Mr. Solomon’s inventions have useful applications to fields such as video gaming hardware and software, smartphone hardware and software, and casino gaming hardware and software, among others. 9. Leading technology companies including Microsoft Corporation, Apple, Inc., Intel Corporation, and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have cited the MNI patent numerous times. 10. Over 325 issued United States patents cite the MNI patent. 11. Google has recognized Dr. Kagan and Mr. Solomon’s inventions, including by citing the MNI patent as prior art in at least 75 United States patents which have been assigned to Google or its subsidiaries. 12. Plaintiff is the owner by assignment of the MNI patent. The MNI patent is entitled “Interactive Multiple Player Game System and Method of Playing A Game Between at Least Two Players.” The MNI patent issued on April 8, 1997, based on a patent application filed on February 8, 1995. A true and correct copy of the MNI patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A. PARTIES 13. Plaintiff is a Texas limited liability company. 14. On information and belief, Defendant Google is a Delaware corporation, with its principal place of business at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043. Google is registered to do business in the State of Texas and it may be served with process by delivering a summons and a true and correct copy of this complaint to its registered agent for receipt of service of process, Corporation Service Company d/b/a CSC – Lawyers Incorporating Service Company, 211 East 7th Street, Suite 620, Austin, Texas 78701. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 15. This action arises under the patent laws of the United States, Title 35 of the United States Code. Accordingly, this Court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a). 16. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant because, among other reasons, Defendant has established minimum contacts with the forum state of Texas. Defendant, directly and/or through third-party intermediaries, makes, uses, imports, offers for sale, and/or sells products within the state of Texas, and particularly within the Eastern District of Texas. Thus, Defendant has purposefully availed themselves of the benefits of doing business in the State of Texas and the exercise of jurisdiction over Defendant would not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice. 17. Venue is proper in this District under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391 (b)-(c) and 1400(b) because Defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction in this District, has transacted business in this district and has committed acts of patent infringement in this district. COUNT I (Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,618,045) 18. Plaintiff MNI realleges and incorporates by reference paragraphs 1-17 above, as if fully set forth herein. 19. Defendant makes, uses, sells, and offers for sale in the United States products and/or services for multiplayer gaming. 20. Defendant has infringed and continue to infringe the MNI patent by, among other things, making, using, offering for sale, and/or selling multiple player game systems and/or services covered by one or more claims of the MNI patent. Such products and/or services include, by way of example and without limitation the Nexus line of smartphones and tablets, the use of which are covered by one or more claims of the MNI patent, including but not limited to claim 1. 21. The Nexus devices include, but are not limited to, the Nexus 5, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and Galaxy Nexus. 22. By making, using, offering for sale, and/or selling such products and services covered by one or more claims of the MNI patent, Defendant has injured MNI and is liable to MNI for infringement of the MNI patent pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 271(a). 23. Upon information and belief, Google had knowledge of the '045 patent since at least as early as August 2011. In August 2011, Google acquired Motorola Mobility LLC. Prior to splitting into Motorola Mobility LLC and Motorola Solutions, Inc., in August 2011, both companies were Motorola Inc. In 2004, Motorola Inc. acquired MeshNetworks, Inc. Prior to Google's 2011 acquisition of Motorola Mobility LLC, both Motorola, Inc. and MeshNetworks, Inc. cited the '045 in dozens of U.S. Patents, including but not limited to the following U.S. Patents, which all issued prior to August 2011: U.S. Patent Nos. 5,738,583; 6,687,259; 6,716,103; 6,728,232; 6,728,545; 6,744,766; 6,754,188; 6,768,730; 6,771,666; 6,807,165; 6,873,839; 6,904,021; 6,904,275; 6,937,602; 6,961,575; 6,970,444; 6,982,982; 6,987,795; 7,016,306; 7,042,867; 7,046,962; 7,054,126; 7,058,018; 7,061,925; 7,072,323; 7,072,432; 7,072,618; 7,072,650; 7,075,890; 7,076,259; 7,079,509; 7,099,296; 7,106,703; 7,106,707; 7,107,498; 7,116,632; 7,126,951; 7,133,391; 7,136,587; 7,142,524; 7,145,903; 7,149,197; 7,151,769; 7,167,463; 7,167,715; 7,171,220; 7,180,875; 7,181,214; 7,190,672; 7,197,016; 7,200,149; 7,203,665; 7,206,294; 7,212,504; 7,215,638; 7,215,966; 7,221,686; 7,266,104; 7,280,483; 7,280,555; 7,284,268; 7,349,380; 7,349,441; 7,412,241; 7,522,537; 7,558,818; 7,610,027; 7,613,458; 7,734,313; 7,734,809; 7,756,041. Alternatively, upon information and belief, Google had knowledge of the '045 patent since at least as early as 2012. Google's Motorola Mobility LLC subsidiary cited the '045 patent in the following U.S. Patents, which issued in 2012: U.S. Patent Nos. 8,116,726 and 8,595,360. 24. Since at least 2011, Google has been and still is willfully infringing the '045 patent. At least as early as 2011, Google had actual knowledge of the '045 patent. Despite having actual knowledge of the '045 patent, Google has continued to willfully, wantonly, and deliberately infringe the '045 patent. Accordingly, MNI seeks enhanced damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284 and a finding that this is an exceptional case within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 285, entitling MNI to its attorneys' fees and expenses. 25. To the extent applicable, the requirements of 35 U.S.C. § 287(a) have been met with respect to the '045 patent. 26. As a result of Defendant's infringement of the '045 patent, MNI has suffered monetary damages. MNI seeks an award of damages in an amount adequate to compensate for Defendant's infringement, but in no event less than a reasonable royalty for the use made of the invention by Defendant, together with interest and costs as fixed by the Court. PRAYER FOR RELIEF Plaintiff respectfully requests the following relief from this Court: A. A judgment that Defendant have infringed one or more claims of the '045 B. An award of damages resulting from Defendant's acts of infringement in patent; accordance with 35 U.S.C. § 284; C. A judgment and order finding that this is an exceptional case within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 285 and awarding to MNI its reasonable attorneys' fees against Defendant; D. A judgment and order requiring Defendant to provide accountings and to pay supplemental damages to MNI, including, without limitation, prejudgment and postjudgment interest; and E. Any and all other relief to which MNI may show itself to be entitled. JURY TRIAL DEMANDED Pursuant to Rule 38 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff requests a trial by jury of any issues so triable by right. Dated: August 5, 2014 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Elizabeth L. DeRieux S. Calvin Capshaw TX Bar No. 03783900 Elizabeth L. DeRieux TX Bar No. 05770585 D. Jeffrey Rambin TX Bar No. 00791478 CAPSHAW DERIEUX, LLP 114 E. Commerce Ave. Gladewater, Texas 75647 Telephone: 903-236-9800 Facsimile: 903-236-8787 E-mail: E-mail: E-mail: Of Counsel: Marc A. Fenster, CA SB No. 181067 Dorian S. Berger CA SB No. 264424 Daniel P. Hipskind CA SB No. 266763 RUSS AUGUST & KABAT 12424 Wilshire Boulevard 12th Floor Los Angeles, California 90025 Telephone: 310-826-7474 Facsimile: 310-826-6991 E-mail: E-mail: E-mail: Attorneys for Plaintiff, Multiplayer Network Innovations, LLC

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