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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. _____________
LIFTED LIMITED, LLC, a Colorado limited liability company,
Plaintiffs,
v.
NOVELTY INC., an Indiana corporation,
Defendant.

COMPLAINT AND JURY TRIAL DEMAND

Plaintiff Lifted Limited, LLC (Lifted or Plaintiff), by way of Complaint against


Defendant Novelty Inc. (Novelty or Defendant), alleges as follows:
NATURE OF THE ACTION
1.

This is an action to combat Noveltys infringement of a United States design

patent in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271, Noveltys federal trade dress infringement and unfair
competition in violation of 15 U.S.C. 1125(a), Noveltys violation of the Colorado Consumer
Protection Act, C.R.S. 6-1-101 to 115, and Noveltys trade dress infringement, unfair
competition, and unjust enrichment in violation of the common law of the State of Colorado.
2.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys unlawful manufacture, distribution,

promotion, advertising, offering for sale and/or sale of infringing products, Lifted is irreparably
harmed. As such, Lifted seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction and damages adequate to
compensate for the infringement and to disgorge ill-gotten gain by Novelty, including, without
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limitation, Noveltys profits, costs, and attorneys fees as authorized by Federal and Colorado
law.
PARTIES
3.

Plaintiff Lifted Limited, LLC is a limited liability company organized and

existing under the laws of the State of Colorado, having Business ID. No. 20101408637 with the
Colorado Secretary of State, and having a principal place of business at 2695 Patterson Rd. Ste
2-324, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
4.

Defendant Novelty Inc. is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of

Indiana, having Business ID No. 198510-855 with the Indiana Secretary of State, and having a
principal place of business at 351 W. Muskegon Dr., Greenfield, IN 46140.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
5.

This action arises under the United States Patent Act, 35 U.S.C. 101, et seq.,

the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. 1051, et seq., the Colorado Consumer Protection Act, C.R.S. 61-101, et seq., and the principles of common law in the State of Colorado and pertaining to trade
dress infringement, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment. Thus, this Court has jurisdiction
over this action based on 28 U.S.C. 1331 and 1338, 15 U.S.C. 1121, and has supplemental
jurisdiction over the Colorado common law claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1367 because such
claims are so related to the federal claims that they form part of the same case or controversy and
derive from a common nucleus of operative facts.
6.

This Court also has diversity jurisdiction over this action between Lifted and

Novelty pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1332(a) because there is diversity of parties, as Lifted is a


citizen of Colorado and Novelty is a citizen of Indiana, and the amount in controversy exceeds

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$75,000 exclusive of interests and costs.


7.

This Court has general and specific personal jurisdiction over Novelty pursuant

to the Colorado Long-Arm Statute, C.R.S. 13-1-124, and the United States Constitution.
Novelty has consented personal jurisdiction because Novelty conducts regular business within
this judicial district, the activities giving rise to Lifteds claims occurred in this judicial district,
and Lifted has been damaged in this judicial district by Noveltys conduct
8.

Venue is proper in this judicial district under 28 U.S.C. 1391 and 1400

because a substantial portion of the events giving rise to the claim occurred in this judicial district.
BACKGROUND
Lifteds Business and Intellectual Property Rights
9.

Lifted was formed in 2010 and is in the business of designing, manufacturing,

promoting, marketing, advertising, distributing and selling smoking accessory devices and
products, including its flagship Toker Poker Smoking Tool (the Toker Poker), throughout
the United States and internationally.
10.

Lifted has expended substantial resources in designing, manufacturing,

promoting, marketing, advertising, distributing and selling its products and brand, and has built a
valuable business based on demand for its distinctively-styled, quality smoking accessory
devices and products.
11.

Lifted is the lawful assignee of all right, title, and interest in and to United States

Design Patent No. D662,655 (the 655 Patent). The United States Patent Office duly and
legally issued the 655 Patent on June 26, 2012. A true and correct copy of the 655 Patent is
attached hereto as Exhibit 1.

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12.

In 2013, Lifted introduced the Toker Poker line of smoking accessory devices, in

the distinctively shaped and the 655 patented design depicted below:

13.

The patented design consists of a solid colored and uniquely shaped plastic

lighter sleeve which incorporates a unique combination of smoking accessory tools. The overall
appearance created by the combination of the foregoing elements, as depicted in the photo in
Paragraph 12 above, will hereinafter be referred to as the Toker Poker Trade Dress.
14.

Lifted owns substantial common law rights to the Toker Poker Trade Dress as it

is distinctive and is not functional.


15.

Lifted has expended considerable resources advertising and promoting the Toker

Poker Trade Dress. Lifteds advertising of the Toker Poker draws attention to the Toker Poker
Trade Dress, and encourages consumers to associate the Toker Poker Trade Dress with Lifted

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and the Toker Poker brand. A true and correct copy of an example of such advertising is
attached hereto as Exhibit 2.
16.

Lifteds Toker Poker has earned significant commercial success since its

introduction in 2013.
17.

Lifteds Toker Poker has also garnered significant unsolicited press attention

since its introduction. Much of that press attention has focused on its unique design.
18.

Through Lifteds continual, exclusive use of the Toker Poker Trade Dress, and

the considerable time, effort, and money spent advertising and promoting the Toker Poker Trade
Dress, the Toker Poker Trade Dress has come to serve primarily as an identifier of the single
source of Lifteds product in the minds of consumers.
19.

The Toker Poker Trade Dress has built up extensive goodwill and acquired

secondary meaning among the relevant trade and public as a symbol identifying Lifted as the
source of origin of the Toker Poker products.
Noveltys Unlawful Conduct
20.

Novelty is in the business of manufacturing and distributing various products,

including smoking accessory devices and products.


21.

Upon information and belief, Novelty promotes, markets, advertises, distributes,

and sells its products in the United States, including this judicial district. Novelty also promotes,
markets, and advertises its products nationwide through its website www.noveltyliquidators.com.
22.

Upon information and belief, Novelty was aware of Lifteds products and the

commercial success of the Toker Poker, and sought to imitate and trade off the design of Lifteds
products.

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23.

As evidenced by the materials attached hereto as Exhibit 3, Novelty is

promoting, marketing, advertising, and offering for sale its Midnight Smoker Utility Tool using
the design below (the Infringing Design):

24.

The Infringing Design infringes the design claimed in the 655 Patent.

25.

The Infringing Design infringes the Toker Poker Trade Dress.

26.

On November 14, 2016, Lifted notified Novelty of its infringement of the 655

Patent and the Toker Poker Trade Dress sought to reach an amicable resolution to this matter. A
copy of the letter that provided such notice is attached hereto as Exhibit 4.
27.

On November 30, 2016, Novelty responded to Lifteds initial letter but

summarily denied all of the issues raised without seeking further communication with Lifted. A
copy of this letter is attached hereto as Exhibit 5.
28.

Upon information and belief, Novelty adopted, is using, and intends to continue
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to use, the Infringing Design despite actual knowledge of Lifteds exclusive right in the design
claimed in the 655 Patent.
29.

Upon information and belief, Novelty adopted, is using, and intends to continue

to use, the Infringing Design despite actual knowledge of Lifteds substantial use of, and
exclusive right in, the Toker Poker Trade Dress.
30.

Lifted has not consented to, or authorized in any way, Noveltys use of the

design claimed in the 655 Patent.


31.

Lifted has not consented to, or authorized in any way, Noveltys use of the Toker

Poker Trade Dress.


32.

Lifted has no control over the nature, quality, or pricing of the goods provided

by Novelty using the Infringing Design.


33.

Novelty has misappropriated Lifteds substantial property rights in the design

claimed in the 655 Patent and the Toker Poker Trade Dress, as well as the substantial goodwill
associated therewith. Unless restrained and enjoined by this Court, such conduct will permit
Novelty to gain an unfair competitive advantage over Lifted, permit Novelty to enjoy the selling
power of the Toker Poker Trade Dress, and will allow Novelty to palm off products as those
being produced, sponsored, or authorized by Lifted.
34.

If Novelty is permitted to continue using, promoting, marketing, advertising,

distributing and selling products using the Infringing Design, its actions will continue to cause
irreparable injury to Lifted and to the consuming public for which there is no adequate remedy at
law.

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CLAIM I
(Infringement of U.S. Design Patent No. D662,655 35 U.S.C. 271)
35.

Lifted restates and incorporates by reference the allegations set forth in the

paragraphs above as though fully set forth herein.


36.

Lifted owns all right, title and interest to the 655 Patent.

37.

Novelty makes, uses, sells, offers for sale and/or imports into the United States

for subsequent sale or use, products that infringe directly and/or indirectly the design claimed in
the 655 Patent.
38.

An ordinary observer would be deceived into believing that the Infringing

Design is the same as the 655 patented design.


39.

Noveltys infringing acts were committed willfully, with full knowledge of

Lifteds rights, and with the intention of causing harm to Lifted.


40.

Novelty has infringed the 655 Patent through the aforesaid acts, and will

continue to do so unless enjoined by this Court. Noveltys wrongful conduct has caused Lifted
to suffer irreparable harm resulting from the loss of its lawful patent rights to exclude others
from making, using, selling, offering for sale, and importing the patent invention. Lifted is
entitled to injunctive relief pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 283.
41.

Lifted is entitled to recover damages adequate to compensate for the

infringement, including Noveltys profits pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 289. Lifted is entitled to


recover any other damages as appropriate pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284.
CLAIM II
(Trade Dress Infringement and False Designation of Origin 15 U.S.C. 1125(a))
42.

Lifted restates and incorporates by reference the allegations set forth in the

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paragraphs above as though fully set forth herein.


43.

Lifteds use of the Toker Poker Trade Dress predates any alleged use by Novelty

in the United States.


44.

Lifteds Toker Poker Trade Dress has built up extensive goodwill and acquired

secondary meaning among the relevant trade and public as a symbol identifying Lifted as the
source of origin of the Toker Poker products.
45.

Lifteds Toker Poker Trade Dress is not functional.

46.

Noveltys unauthorized use of the Infringing Design is likely to cause confusion,

mistake, or deception among consumers or potential consumers as to the source or origin of


Lifteds goods and whereby those consumers or potential consumers would be led to mistakenly
believe that Novelty is affiliated with, related to, sponsored by, or connected with Lifted.
47.

Lifted has not authorized, licensed, or otherwise condoned or consented to

Noveltys use of the Toker Poker Trade Dress.


48.

The aforesaid acts of Novelty constitute trade dress infringement, false

designation of origin, and false and misleading descriptions and representations in violation of 15
U.S.C. 1125(a).
49.

Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts were committed willfully, with full

knowledge of Lifteds rights, and with the intention of deceiving and misleading the public and
causing harm to Lifted.
50.

Novelty has infringed the Toker Poker Trade Dress through the aforesaid acts,

and will continue to do so unless enjoined by this Court. Noveltys wrongful conduct has caused
Lifted to suffer irreparable harm resulting from the loss of its lawful intellectual property rights

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and Lifted is entitled to injunctive relief pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1116.


51.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts,

Lifted has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in an amount that is not presently
ascertainable, but will be established at trial.
CLAIM III
(Trade Dress Infringement Colorado Common Law)
52.

Lifted restates and incorporates by reference the allegations set forth in the

paragraphs above as though fully set forth herein.


53.

Lifteds use of the Toker Poker Trade Dress predates any alleged use by Novelty

in the United States.


54.

Lifteds Toker Poker Trade Dress has built up extensive goodwill and acquired

secondary meaning among the relevant trade and public as a symbol identifying Lifted as the
source of origin of the Toker Poker products.
55.

Lifteds Toker Poker Trade Dress is not functional.

56.

Noveltys unauthorized use of the Infringing Design is likely to cause confusion,

mistake, or deception among consumers or potential consumers as to the source or origin of


Lifteds goods and whereby those consumers or potential consumers would be led to mistakenly
believe that Novelty is affiliated with, related to, sponsored by, or connected with Lifted.
57.

Lifted has not authorized, licensed, or otherwise condoned or consented to

Noveltys use of the Toker Poker Trade Dress.


58.

The aforesaid acts of Novelty constitute trade dress infringement in violation of

common law.
59.

Noveltys infringing acts were committed willfully, with full knowledge of


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Lifteds rights, and with the intention of deceiving and misleading the public and causing harm
to Lifted.
60.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts,

Lifted has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in an amount that is not presently
ascertainable, but will be established at trial.
61.

Unless enjoined by this Court, the acts of Novelty complained of herein will

cause Lifted to suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law.
CLAIM IV
(Unfair Competition Colorado Common Law)
62.

Lifted restates and incorporates by reference the allegations set forth in the

paragraphs above as though fully set forth herein.


63.

The aforesaid acts of Novelty constitute unfair competition in violation of

common law as Novelty copied Lifteds products and misappropriated Lifteds Toker Poker
Trade Dress, and this conduct has deceived or confused and is likely to continue to deceive or
confuse the public because of the difficulties in distinguishing between Lifteds and Noveltys
products.
64.

Noveltys unlawful acts were committed willfully, with full knowledge of

Lifteds rights, and with the intention of deceiving and misleading the public and causing harm
to Lifted.
65.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts,

Lifted has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in an amount that is not presently
ascertainable, but will be established at trial.
66.

Unless enjoined by this Court, the acts of Novelty complained of herein will
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cause Lifted to suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law.
CLAIM V
(Deceptive Trade Practices Colorado Consumer Protection Act, 6-1-101 to 115)
67.

Lifted restates and incorporates by reference the allegations set forth in the

paragraphs above as though fully set forth herein.


68.

The acts of Novelty complained of herein constitute deceptive trade practices

pursuant to C.R.S. 6-1-105, as Novelty has knowingly passed off its goods as Lifteds by
infringing the Toker Poker Trade Dress; as Novelty has knowingly made false representations as
to the source, sponsorship, approval, or certification of its goods by infringing the Toker Poker
Trade Dress; and/or as Novelty has knowingly made a false representation as to affiliation,
connection, or association with or certification by Lifted through Noveltys infringement of the
the Toker Poker Trade Dress.
69.

Upon information and belief, the acts of Novelty complained of herein have

caused and will continue to cause confusion, mistake, or deception among consumers or
potential consumers as to the source or origin of Noveltys goods and the sponsorship or
endorsement of those goods by Lifted.
70.

Upon information and belief, the acts of Novelty complained of herein have

caused and will continue to cause confusion, mistake, or deception among consumers or
potential consumers as to the source or origin of Lifteds goods and the sponsorship or
endorsement of those goods by Novelty.
71.

Noveltys unlawful acts were committed willfully, with full knowledge of

Lifteds rights, and with the intention of deceiving and misleading the public into believing that
Noveltys products are somehow related to or affiliated with those of Lifted.
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72.

Lifted has a legally protectable interest in the Toker Poker Trade Dress.

73.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts,

including, without limitation Noveltys infringement of the Toker Poker Trade Dress, Lifted has
suffered and will continue to suffer harm to its goodwill and business reputation.
74.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts,

Lifted has suffered and will continue to suffer damages in an amount that is not presently
ascertainable, but will be established at trial.
75.

Unless enjoined by this Court, the acts of Novelty complained of herein will

cause Lifted to suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law.
CLAIM VI
(Unjust Enrichment Colorado Common Law)
76.

Lifted restates and incorporates by reference the allegations set forth in the

paragraphs above as though fully set forth herein.


77.

As a direct and proximate result of Noveltys infringing and unlawful acts,

Lifted has unknowingly conferred a benefit upon Novelty at Lifteds expense, and Novelty
received and appreciated that benefit under circumstances when it would be inequitable and
unjust for Novelty to retain the benefit without the payment of its value.
78.

Unless enjoined by this Court, the acts of Novelty complained of herein will

cause Lifted to suffer irreparable harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Lifted requests that judgment be entered in its favor and against
Novelty as follows:
79.

Declaring that the 655 Patent is valid and infringed by Noveltys use, offer for
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sale, and sale of products incorporating the Infringing Design;


80.

Declaring that the Toker Poker Trade Dress is protectable and infringed by

Noveltys use, offer for sale, and sale of products incorporating the Infringing Design;
81.

Declaring that Noveltys infringement was knowing, intentional, and willful;

82.

Entering an Order preliminarily and permanently enjoining Novelty and

Noveltys successors, officers, agents and employees, and anyone acting in active concert or
participation with or at the behest or direction of any of them from:
a. Further infringing the 655 Patent by manufacturing, using, offering for
sale and/or selling any products that incorporate the design claimed in the
655 Patent;
b. Using (including, but not limited to, as a product design and/or in
connection with the promotion, marketing, advertising, and sale of
products) the Toker Poker Trade Dress, the Infringing Design, any
colorable imitation thereof, or any otherwise confusingly similar mark;
c. Doing any other act or thing likely to confuse, mislead, or deceive others
into believing that Novelty, or its products, are connected with, sponsored
by or approved by Lifted; and
d. Engaging in any other activity constituting unfair competition with Lifted,
or constituting an infringement of Lifteds rights in and to the 655 Patent
and the Toker Poker Trade Dress.
83.

Ordering that all labels, signs, prints, packages, wrappers, receptacles, and

advertisements in the possession of Novelty bearing the Infringing Design, or any colorable

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imitation thereof, and all plates, molds, matrices, and other means of making the same, be
delivered to Lifted for destruction pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1118;
84.

Ordering Novelty, pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1116(a), to file with the Court and

serve on Lifteds counsel within 30 days after service of the injunction, a written report, sworn
under oath, setting forth in detail the manner and form in which Novelty has complied with the
injunction;
85.

Directing an accounting to determine Noveltys profits resulting from their

unlawful activities;
86.

Awarding Lifted compensation for any and all damages, injury or harm pursuant

to 35 U.S.C. 284, 15 U.S.C. 1117, and Colorado law;


87.

Ordering full restitution and/or disgorgement of all profits and benefits that may

have been obtained by Novelty as a result of its wrongful conduct pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 289
and 15 U.S.C. 1117;
88.

Awarding Lifted treble damages resulting from Noveltys willful and intentional

conduct pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 284 and 15 U.S.C. 1117;


89.

Awarding Lifted punitive and exemplary damages pursuant to Colorado law;

90.

Assessing Lifteds costs of this action and Lifteds attorneys fees against

Novelty pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284-285 and 15 U.S.C. 1117; and


91.

Ordering or awarding any other such relief that the Court deems just and proper.
JURY DEMAND

Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 38, Lifted hereby demands a trial by jury of
all issues so triable.

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Dated: December 20, 2016


By:

s/ Brian P. ODonnell
Brian P. ODonnell (SBN 46802)
Kent T. Dallow (SBN 43530)
Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP
1400 Wewatta Street, Suite 600
Denver, CO 80202
bodonnell@kilpatricktownsend.com
kdallow@kilpatricktownsend.com
Attorneys for Plaintiff Lifted Limited, LLC

Defendants Name and Address:


Novelty Inc.
351 W. Muskegon Drive
Greenfield, IN 46140
68939386V.3

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EXHIBIT 1

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USO0D662655S

(12) United States Design Patent (10) Patent N0.2


Bodenchuk et al.
(54)

(45) Date of Patent:

LIGHTER HOLDERAND TOOL

(56)

(75) Inventors: Matthew Robert Bodenchuk,

eterson

4,745,661 A *

Reed, EdWards, CO (US)

D297,175

(Us)

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Jun. 26, 2012

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CLAIM

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FIG. 1 is a top perspective vieW our lighter holder and tool


Showing a Poker extended therefrom;
FIG. 2 1s a top plan view thereof;

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FIG. 4 is a rear elevational vieW thereof;
FIG. 5 is a front elevational vieW thereof;

FIG. 6 is a right side elevational vieW thereof; and,


FIG. 7 is a left side elevational vieW thereof.

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depicts an intended use for the lighter holder and tool that

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form no part of the claimed design.

1 Claim, 3 Drawing Sheets

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US. Patent

Jun. 26, 2012

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US. Patent

Jun. 26, 2012

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US D662,655 S

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PHONE

OKER POKER
Poke it. Pack it. Puff it, Pass it.

Lifted Limited LLC


2695 Patterson Rd. Ste 2-324
Grand Junction, CO 81506

FAX
EMAIL
WEBSITE

303.304.9354
970.697.1331
matt@tokerpoker.com
www.tokerpoker.com

November 14,2016

Transmitted via FedEx and Fax


Novelty Inc.
Attn: Mr. Todd D. Green, President
351 W. Muskegon Dr.,
Greenfield, IN 46140
Fax: (317) 462-3749
Re:

Novelty Inc.'s Midnight Smoker Utility Tool

Dear Mr. Green:


I am the owner of Lifted Limited, LLC, ("Lifted"). As you may be aware, Lifted designs,
manufactures, and markets the Toker Poker Smoking Tool (the "Toker Poker"). It has come
to our attention that Novelty Inc. ("Novelty") sells the Midnight Smoker Utility Tool (the
"Midnight Smoker") and we are concerned that this product infringes Lifted's intellectual
property rights. Specifically, we have analyzed the Midnight Smoker and are concerned this
product infringes Lifted's design patent, U.S. Patent No. D662,655 (the '''655 Patent"), along
with Lifted's related protected trade dress.
The two products at issue, along with figures from the '655 Patent, are shown in the images
below:

Toker Poker (L); Midnight Smoker (R)_

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Novelty Inc.
Mr. Todd D. Green, President
November 14, 2016
Page 2

Toker Poker (L); Midnight Smoker (R)

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As shown from these images, Lifted's concerns are warranted because an ordinary observer,
familiar with the prior art designs, would be deceived into believing that the accused product is
the same as the patented design.

In addition, Lifted is concerned that the Midnight Smoker copies Lifted's protected trade dress
raising unfair competition concerns. Lifted has been manufacturing, marketing, and selling the
Toker Poker since at least 2013. Lifted has marketed and sold its product throughout the United
States through its website at www.tokerpoker.com. in addition to other online retailers such as
Amazon.com and physical retail locations. As a result, the Toker Poker has acquired substantial
value and is known to the consuming public and trade as identifying and distinguishing Lifted's
products from third party products.
Lifted recently became aware of Novelty's sale of the Midnight Smoker through Novelty's
website at
https://noveltyliquidators.com/ProductBrowse/ProductDetail.aspx?TID=960&PID=76046,
as
well as through physical retail locations such as Wal-Mart. Common law trade dress
infringement and unfair competition occurs when a party utilizes a trade dress that creates a
likelihood of consumer confusion. As you are undoubtedly aware, the Midnight Smoker is a
copy of Lifted's Toker Poker. In fact, at least one consumer has already confused the Midnight
Smoker as being a Lifted product.
Notwithstanding the above, Lifted prefers to reach an amicable resolution to this matter and
Lifted is willing to discuss a licensing arrangement with Novelty. We are available to touch base
with you at your convenience and request the courtesy of a response by November 21,
2016. Please feel free to communicate directly with me or with my counsel, whose contact
information is below. In the meantime, Lifted's rights and remedies remain reserved.

Enclosure: the '655 Patent

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Novelty Inc.
Mr. Todd D. Green, President
November 14, 2016
Page 3

Sincerely,

Matt Bodenchuk

Owner / CEO
Lifted Limited LLC
3033049354
TokerPoker.com
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cc:
Brian O'Donnell
bodonnell@kilpatricktownsend.com
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Suite 600 I 1400 Wewatta Street I Denver, CO 80202
office 303 607 3219

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USOOD662655S

(12)

United States Design Patent

(10)

Bodenchuk et aI.

(45)

(56)

(54)

LIGHTER

(75)

Inventors: Matthew Robert Bodenchuk,


Longmont, CO (US); Leslie Renea
Reed, Edwards, CO (US)

(73)

Assignee:

HOLDER AND TOOL

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** Jun. 26, 2012

References Cited
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Lifted Limited, LLC, Edwards, CO


(US)

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(58)

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0271172,143,163,162,161,153,144,141,
0271156,160,139,140,154,155,157,142,
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Feb. 17, 2012


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Patent No.:
Date of Patent:

27-06
D27/172

(57)
CLAIM
The ornamental design for a lighter holder and tool, as shown
and described.
DESCRIPTION
FIG. 1 is a top perspective view our lighter holder and tool
showing a poker extended therefrom;
FIG. 2 is a top plan view thereof;
FIG. 3 is a bottom plan view thereof;
FIG. 4 is a rear elevational view thereof;
FIG. 5 is a front elevational view thereof;
FIG. 6 is a right side elevational view thereof; and,
FIG. 7 is a left side elevational view thereof.
The broken line showing a cigarette lighter in the figures
depicts an intended use for the lighter holder and tool that
form no part of the claimed design.
1 Claim, 3 Drawing Sheets

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EXHIBIT 5

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November 30, 2016


Mr. Matt Bodenchuk
Lifted Limited LLC
2695 Patterson Rd.
Ste 2-324
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Dear Mr. Bodenchuk:
I am in receipt of your letter dated November 14, 2016.
On your first concern about the Patent infringement I think your patent and our item speak for
themselves. Our lighter case is very different from your product. For instance, at the bottom of
our item there is a bottle opener. The basic product shape is consistent with a BIC lighter as both
are made to work with that lighter.
Our mold is unique and designed by our product
development team. We have sold many BIC cases in the past in many different shapes and styles.
I see no way there is a patent issue with our product.
As for the trade dress our lighter case is very different. Our product is marketed under Midnight
Smoker. There is no confusion between your item and ours. Our lighter case is a different shape
and has other uses such as a bottle opener function. The entire mold is different. The main
shape has similarities but only based on working with a BIC. Your case has unique debossed logos
in the side that differentiate your brand. We have none of these. Your shape is different in most
aspects.

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President
Novelty, Inc.
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NOVELTY INC.

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


for the

DISTRICT
OFDistrict
COLORADO
__________
of __________
LIFTED LIMITED, LLC, a Colorado limited liability
company,

Plaintiff(s)

v.
NOVELTY INC., an Indiana corporation

Defendant(s)

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To: (Defendants name and address)

Novelty Inc.
351 W. Muskegon Drive
Greenfield, IN 46140

A lawsuit has been filed against you.


Within 21 days after service of this summons on you (not counting the day you received it) or 60 days if you
are the United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed. R. Civ.
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the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The answer or motion must be served on the plaintiff or plaintiffs attorney,
whose name and address are:
Brian O'Donnell, Esq.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
1400 Wewatta Street, Suite 600
Denver, CO 80202

If you fail to respond, judgment by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint.
You also must file your answer or motion with the court.

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