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1 Robert J. Lauson (175,486)


bob@lauson.com
2 Edwin P. Tarver, (201,943)
edwin@lauson.com
3 LAUSON & TARVER LLP
880 Apollo St., Suite. 301
4 El Segundo, CA 90245
Tel. (310) 726-0892
5 Fax (310) 726-0893
6 Attorneys for Plaintiff Privacy Pop, LLC
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8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
9 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN DIVISION
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11 Privacy Pop, LLC, a California Case No.: 8:17-cv-00676
Limited Liability Company
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Plaintiffs Complaint for Patent
13 Plaintiff, Infringement
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15 Gimme Gimme, LLC, a New York
Limited Liability Company; and Does Jury Trial Demanded
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17 Defendants.
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19 Plaintiff Privacy Pop, LLC (Plaintiff) complains and alleges as follows
20 against Defendant Gimme Gimme, LLC (Defendant).
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1 THE PARTIES
2 1. Plaintiff Privacy Pop, LLC is a California limited liability company
3 having an address at 1919 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606. Plaintiff is a
4 manufacturer and seller of bed tents. See privacypop.com.
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6 2. Upon information and belief, Defendant Gimme Gimme, LLC is a New
7 York Limited Liability Company organized under the laws of the State of New York,
8 having an address at 244 Madison Ave. Suite 747, New York, New York 10016.
9 Defendant sells outdoor products, including tents at www.gimmegim.me and on
10 Amazon.com.
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12 3. Plaintiff is ignorant of the true names and capacities of Doe Defendants
13 1-10, inclusive, and therefore sues them by such fictitious names. Plaintiff will amend
14 this complaint to allege their true names and capacities when they are ascertained.
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16 JURISDICTION AND VENUE
17 4. This action arises under the patent laws of the United States, 35 USC
18 271 et seq and 15 USC 1051 et seq.
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20 5. This Court also has subject matter jurisdiction for this action under 28
21 USC 1331 and 28 USC 1338(a), in that it raises federal questions and relates to
22 patents and trademarks.
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24 6. Venue is proper in this district under 28 USC 1391(b) (2) and 1400(b),
25 because a substantial part of the events giving rise to the claim occurred here and
26 because Defendant committed acts of infringement in this district.
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1 7. This Court has personal jurisdiction over the Defendant because it


2 committed and continues to commit acts of infringement in violation of the patent
3 laws. It offers to sell infringing goods in California and in this judicial district, and
4 upon information and belief, such sales are occurring and ongoing. The acts by
5 Defendant cause injury to Plaintiff within this district. Upon information and belief,
6 Defendant derives substantial revenue from selling infringing products within this
7 district, and expects its actions to have consequences here.
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9 FACTUAL BACKGROUND
10 8. Plaintiff Privacy Pop, LLC sells a patented privacy bed tent for in-home
11 use. Privacy Pop, LLC has been continuously and extensively using the trademark
12 PRIVACY POP since 2011 for bed tents.
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14 9. On May 7, 2012, Plaintiff filed U.S. patent application serial no.
15 29/420,258 for the design of its bed tent.
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17 10. On April 30, 2013, U.S. Design Patent No. D681,146, which covers
18 Plaintiffs innovative bed tent design, issued to Plaintiff. See Exhibit A.
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20 11. Recently, Plaintiff learned Gimme Gimme was selling an essentially
21 identical bed tent, calling it a Privacy Bed Tent. On April 6, 2017, Plaintiff, through
22 counsel, sent a cease-and-desist letter to Defendant requesting written assurances that
23 it would stop all sales of the infringing design. See Exhibit B.
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25 12. On April 5, 2017, Defendant responded through counsel indicating that it
26 did not believe that it had or was infringing on Plaintiffs patent. See Exhibit C.
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1 FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION


2 Patent Infringement Under Patent Act 35 USC 271
3 13. Plaintiff repeats and re-alleges the allegations set forth in paragraphs 1-12
4 as though set forth herein.
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6 14. Defendant has infringed and continues to infringe U.S. Design Patent
7 D681,146 by using, selling and/or offering to sell in the United States, and/or
8 importing into the United States the bed tent currently known as the Gimme Gimme
9 Privacy Bed Tent which embodies the design covered by the patent.
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11 15. On information and belief, Defendant willfully infringed the D681,146
12 patent, selling the accused infringing product with full knowledge of Plaintiffs
13 existing patent rights.
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15 16. Plaintiff is being irreparably damaged by Defendant infringing the
16 D681,146 patent, entitling Plaintiff to injunctive relief.
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18 17. Defendants willful infringement of the D681,146 patent, among other
19 factors, renders this case exceptional within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. 285.
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1 PRAYER FOR RELIEF


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3 WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays that the Court enter Judgment against Defendant
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5 A. a finding that Defendant infringed the D681,146 patent;
6 B. an order permanently enjoining and prohibiting Defendant and its
7 owners, officers, directors, agents, employees, affiliates, attorneys, and all others
8 acting in privity or in concert with them, and their parents, subsidiaries, divisions,
9 successors and assigns, from further acts of infringement of the asserted design patent,
10 including sales, offers to sell and/or importing of the Gimme Gimme Privacy Bed
11 Tent or colorable imitations;
12 C. awarding Plaintiff all damages adequate to compensate for Defendants
13 infringement of the asserted patent, and lost profits if available;
14 D. awarding Plaintiff treble damages, based on any infringement found to be
15 willful, pursuant to 35 USC 284, together with prejudgment interest;
16 E. declaring this case to be exceptional and awarding Plaintiff its reasonable
17 attorneys fees pursuant to 35 USC 285; and
18 F. such other and further relief as this Court deems just and proper.
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22 DATED: April 13, 2017 Respectfully Submitted,
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LAUSON & TARVER LLP
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25 By: /s/ Robert J. Lauson
26 Robert J. Lauson, Esq.
Attorney for Plaintiff
28 Privacy Pop, LLC

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1 DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL


2 Plaintiff hereby requests a trial by jury on all claims so triable.
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4 DATED: April 13, 2017 Respectfully Submitted,
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LAUSON & TARVER LLP
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8 Robert J. Lauson, Esq.
Attorney for Plaintiff
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EXHIBIT "A"
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EXHIBIT "B''
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EXHIBIT "C"
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