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Case: 1:15-cv-08984 Document #: 1 Filed: 10/09/15 Page 1 of 7 PageID #:1

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
EASTERN DIVISION
ELITE GAMING TECHNOLOGY, INC.,
Plantiff,
v.
SPEC INTERNATIONAL, INC.,
Defendant.

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Civil Action No. 15-cv-8984


JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

COMPLAINT
For their Complaint against Defendant, Plaintiff Elite Gaming Technology, Inc. (Elite
or Plaintiff), by their attorneys, allege as follows:
NATURE OF THE ACTION
1.

The action arises as a result of Spec International Inc.s (Spec or Defendant)

infringement of United States Design Patent Number D677,736 S (hereinafter 736 patent),
attached as Exhibit A. Elite seeks damages for Specs infringement and other wrongful conduct,
enhancement of damages due to Specs willful and knowing tortious actions, reasonable
attorneys fees and costs, a preliminary and permanent injunction barring Spec from further
tortious actions, and other appropriate relief.
THE PARTIES
2.

Plaintiff Elite Gaming Technology, Inc., formerly Elite Casino Products, Inc., is a

corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Illinois with a principal place of
business at 310 Windy Point Drive, Glendale Heights, Illinois 60139.

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3.

Upon information and belief, Defendant Spec International, Inc. is a corporation

organized and existing under the laws of the State of Michigan with a principal place of business
at 1530 Eastern Avenue, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49507.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
4.

This is a civil action for design patent infringement arising under the patent laws

of the United States, Title 35 of the United States Code. This Court has jurisdiction over the
subject matter of this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331 and 1338(a).
5.

Defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction in this judicial district for one or

more of the following reasons:


a.

The exercise of personal jurisdiction over Spec by this Court is consistent

with the Federal Due Process Clause since Spec has established minimum contacts with
this forum such that the exercise of jurisdiction over Spec would not offend traditional
notions of fair play and substantial justice;
b.

Upon information and belief, Defendant either directly or through its

agents, regularly transact and/or solicit business in this judicial district and throughout the
United States;
c.

Upon information and belief, Spec directs goods, services, and advertising

by mail, electronic communications, and other means into the State of Illinois, including
in this District; and
d.

Spec has committed tortious injury to Elite and to Elites business

operations within this District.


6.

Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391 because,

upon information and belief, Spec has transacted and continues to transact business within this

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District and has sold and continues to offer infringing products for sale in this District. In
addition, venue is proper because Elites principal place of business is in this District, and Elite
has suffered and is suffering harm in this District.
BACKGROUND
7.

Plaintiff Elite Gaming Technology, formerly Elite Casino Products, was

incorporated in Illinois in 2004 as a division of Elite Manufacturing Technologies, a highquality, precision sheet metal fabricator in suburban Bloomingdale, Illinois.
8.

On March 12, 2013, United States Design Patent No. D677,736 S (the 736

patent), entitled Gaming Cabinet, was duly and legally issued. A true and correct copy of the
736 patent is attached to this Complaint as Exhibit A.
9.

Plaintiff Elite Gaming Technology, Inc. is the current owner of the 736 patent.

10.

The 736 patent covers the ornamental design for a gaming cabinet. Elite has

practiced the 736 patent in connection with the commercialization of its NITRO and GEMINI
brand cabinets, as shown in the side by side comparison below:
736 Patent

NITRO

GEMINI

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11.

Elite has not granted a license or any authorization to Spec or any third party to

make, use, offer for sale, sell or import gaming cabinets that embody the cabinet design patented
in the 736 patent.
12.

Upon information and belief, Defendant has manufactured, imported, sold and/or

offered for sale gaming cabinet products in the United States, including Redemption Series DR22 and SDR-22 and Casino Series DC-22 and SDC-22 (collectively Products) that infringe
Elites patent, as shown below:
DR-22

13.

SDR-22

Each of the accused cabinets is offered for sale throughout the United States,

including the State of Illinois, on Specs web site. On information and belief, Spec is also
directly offering to sell the accused cabinet through trade shows and direct marketing to
customers. This marketing effort is directed, at least in part, to Elites customers in an effort
supplant the Elite NITRO and GEMINI cabinets with those customers. This effort is having a
direct and negative effect on Elite both in Illinois and nationwide.
14.

The cabinet designs of the Defendants Products are the same or substantially the

same as the cabinet design of the 736 patent and Elites NITRO and GEMINI line of cabinets.

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The cabinet designs are so similar as to be nearly identical such that an ordinary observer, giving
such attention as a purchaser usually gives, would be so deceived by the substantial similarity
between the designs so as to be induced to purchase SPECs products believing them to be
substantially the same as the cabinet design protected by the 736 patent.
15.

In September 2015, Elite advised Spec through written communications that Elite

owned the 736 patent and Specs Products had a substantially similar design to the 736 patent
and Elites NITRO brand cabinet. The parties have exchanged communication with respect to
the Specs infringement but no resolution has been reached.
16.

Spec knowingly and willfully infringed Elites rights in the 736 patent, resulting

in damage to Elite.
COUNT 1
(Infringement of U.S. Design Patent No. D677,736 S)
17.

Plaintiff incorporates the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1-16 above.

18.

United States Design Patent No. D677,736 S, entitled Gaming Cabinet, was

duly and legally issued and is currently valid and in force.


19.

Plaintiff Elite Gaming Technology, Inc. is the current owner of the 736 patent.

20.

Defendant has infringed and induced others to infringe the 736 patent by, among

other things, making, using, selling and/or offering for sale within the United States, or importing
into the United States, Products that employ the claimed subject matter of the 736 patent, all
without authority or license from Elite.
21.

Defendant Spec infringes the 736 patent because, inter alia, in the eye of an

ordinary observer, giving such attention as a purchaser usually gives, the cabinet design of the
736 patent and the cabinet designs of Specs Products are substantially the same, the

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resemblance being such as to deceive such an ordinary observer, inducing him to purchase one
supposing it to be the other.
22.

Plaintiff Elite provided actual notice to Spec of its infringement on repeated

occasions in September 2015, including without limitation the filing of this complaint.
23.

In spite of such repeated notices, Defendant has engaged in a pattern of conduct

demonstrating: Defendants awareness of the 736 patent; the objectively high likelihood that
Defendants actions constitute infringement of the 736 patent and that the 736 patent is valid
and enforceable; and that this objectively-defined risk was so obvious that Defendant knew or
should have known it.
24.

Upon information and belief, Defendants infringement of the 736 patent has

been and continues to be willful and deliberate, without license, and carried out with full
knowledge of the 736 patent.
25.

Defendants infringement of the 736 patent will continue unless restrained and

enjoined by this Court.


26.

Plaintiff has suffered and will continue to suffer damages and irreparable injury as

a result of Defendants infringement. Plaintiff has no adequate remedy at law.


REQUEST FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff requests that a judgment be entered against Defendant:
A.

finding that Defendant has infringed the 736 patent;

B.

preliminarily and permanently enjoining Defendant, its officers, subsidiaries,

agents, servants, employees, attorneys, and all persons in active concert with Defendant, from
any further infringement of the 736 patent;

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C.

ordering that Defendant deliver to Plaintiff for destruction all completed cabinets

and cabinet pieces used in the infringement of the 736 patent;


D.

awarding damages, costs, and prejudgment interest to Plaintiff pursuant to 35

U.S.C. 284;
E.

awarding treble damages for willful infringement to Plaintiff pursuant to 35

U.S.C. 284;
F.

ordering an accounting of profits;

G.

declaring this case exceptional and awarding Plaintiff its reasonable costs and

attorneys fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 285; and


H.

awarding Plaintiff such other relief as this Court deems just and proper.
Jury Demand

Elite demands a trial by jury on all issues presented in this Complaint.


Respectfully submitted,

Dated: October 9, 2015

By: s/ Brandon J. Kennedy


James C. Gumina
James M. McCarthy
Brandon J. Kennedy
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP
300 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 913-00001
Fax: (312) 913-0002
gumina@mbhb.com
mccarthy@mbhb.com
kennedy@mbhb.com
Attorneys for Plaintiffs
Elite Gaming Technology, Inc.

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USO0D677736S

(12) Unlted States Deslgn Patent (10) Patent N0.:


Dorn et a].
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US D677,736 S

(45) Date of Patent:

*9: *Mar. 12, 2013

GAMING CABINET

D599,858 s

9/2009 Lesley et a1. ............... .. 1321/370

Inventors:

Peter Dorn, Wood Dale, IL (US); Scott

D615,598 S
D622,781 S

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5/2010
8/2010

McComb et a1. ..
Lesley et a1. . . . . . . .

.... .. D21/370
. . . . .. D21/369

Irving, Roselle, IL (US); Larry Lesjak,

136335950 S

3/2011

Terpstra et a1~ ~ ~ ~ ~

~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ B21669

Glen Ellyn, IL (Us); Dugan OKeene

D637,238 S *

Forest Park, IL (US)


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Assignee: Elite Casino Products, Inc., Itasca, IL

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Notice:

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5/2011 OKeene et a1. ........... .. D21/370

* cited by examiner
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Primary Exammer * Sandra Morris

This patent is Subject to a terminal dis_

(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm * Richards Patent LaW P.C.

claimer.

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(21) Appl. No.: 29/378,794


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Filed:

Nov. 9, 2010

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LOC (9) Cl. ................................................ .. 21-03

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US. Cl. .................................................... .. D21/370

showing our new design;

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Field of Classi?cation Search ....... .. D21/369e370,

FIG 2 is a from View thereof;

D21/372, 375, 385, 397; 273/1381, 139,


273/142 R; 463/17, 19, 20, 46*47
See application ?le for complete search history.
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References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
D495,755 S *

9/2004 WurZ et a1. ................. .. D21/370

DESCRIPTION
FIG 1 is a from Side perspective View of a gaming Cabinet

FIG_ 3 is a top View thereof;


FIG. 4 is a right side VieW thereof; and,
FIG 5 is a left Side View thereof
Those portions of the ?gures that are presented in broken lines
merely illustrate the environment of the design and are not
part of the claimed design.
1 Claim, 5 Drawing Sheets

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US. Patent

Mar. 12, 2013

Sheet 1 of5

US D677,736 S

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US. Patent

Mar. 12, 2013

Sheet 2 of5

FIG. 2

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US D677,736 S

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US. Patent

Mar. 12, 2013

Sheet 3 of5

FIG. 3

US D677,736 S

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US. Patent

Mar. 12, 2013

FIG. 4

Sheet 4 of5

US D677,736 S

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US. Patent

Mar. 12, 2013

FIG. 5

Sheet 5 of5

US D677,736 S