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Optical Licensing LLC v. Lowe's Companies, Inc. et al

Case Summary

On August 31, 2021, Optical Licensing LLC (“Plaintiff” or “Optical”), represented by Howard L. Wernow of Sand, Sebolt & Wernow Co., LPA, filed an intellectual property lawsuit against Lowe’s Companies Inc. (hereinafter “LCI”) and Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC. (hereinafter “LHC” or collectively, “Defendants”), seeking permanent injunctive relief and damages along with prejudgement and post-judgement relief for the alleged infringement of the United States Patent owned by the Plaintiff. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas with Judge Alan D. Albright presiding. 

 

The Plaintiff filed this complaint for the alleged infringement of the United States Patent No 6,791,898 (“the ‘898 Patent” or the “Patent-in-Suit”) owned by them.

 

In the complaint, the Plaintiff alleged that, “In violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271, Defendants are now, and have been directly infringing at least Claim 7, literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, the ‘898 Patent” and “Defendants have had knowledge of infringement of the ‘898 Patent at least as of the service of the present Complaint.”

 

Further the Plaintiff alleged that, “Defendants have directly infringed, literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, and continue to directly infringe at least one claim of the ‘898 Patent by selling and/or using, at least through internal testing or otherwise, the Accused Product without authority in the United States, and will continue to do so unless enjoined by this Court. As a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ direct infringement of the ‘898 Patent, Plaintiff has been and continues to be damaged.”

 

The Plaintiff also alleged that, “Defendants have induced others to infringe the ‘898 Patent by encouraging infringement through their use of the Accused Product, knowing that the acts of Defendants induced constituted patent infringement, and its encouraging acts actually resulted in direct patent infringement either literally or under the doctrine of equivalents.”

 

The only claim for relief laid down by the Plaintiff is for the alleged infringement of the ‘898 Patent and profiting from the illegal and unauthorised use of the Patent. 

 

In their prayer for relief, the Plaintiff requested the Court for declaratory relief and permanent injunctive relief along with an accounting of all infringing sales and damages including, but not limited to, those sales and damages not presented at trial; an award of damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §284 sufficient to compensate Plaintiff for the Defendants’ past infringement and any continuing or future infringement up until the date that Defendants is/are finally and permanently enjoined from further infringement, including compensatory damages; an assessment of pre-judgment and post-judgment interest and costs against Defendants, together with an award of such interest and costs, in accordance with 35 U.S.C. §284 along with enhanced damages, including Plaintiff’s attorneys’ fees incurred in connection with this lawsuit pursuant to 35 U.S.C. §285; and any other relief the Court deems just and proper.

 

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Case Details

  • Case Number:

    6:21-CV-00905

  • Filing Date:

    08/31/2021

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Intellectual Property - Patent

  • Courthouse:

    Texas Western District

Judge Details

Presiding Judge

Alan D Albright

 

Party Details

Plaintiff

Optical Licensing LLC

Defendants

Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Lowe's Home Centers, LLC

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

Howard L. Wernow

Attorney at Sand, Sebolt & Wernow Co., LPA

Aegis Tower - Suite 1100, 4940 Munson Street Nw

Canton, OH 44718

 

Court Documents

#7

(#7) Summons Issued as to Lowe's Home Centers, LLC. (lad) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

#6

(#6) Summons Issued as to Lowe's Companies, Inc.. (lad) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

#5

(#5) Notice of Filing of Patent/Trademark Form (AO 120). AO 120 forwarded to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. (Wernow, Howard) (Main Document 5 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

#4

(#4) RULE 7 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT filed by Optical Licensing LLC. (Wernow, Howard) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

#3

(#3) REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS by Optical Licensing LLC. (Wernow, Howard) (Main Document 3 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

#2

(#2) REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS by Optical Licensing LLC. (Wernow, Howard) (Main Document 2 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

1 #3

Civil Cover Sheet

1 #2

Exhibit B-Claim Chart

1 #1

Exhibit A-US6791898

#1

(#1) COMPLAINT ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number 0542-15171138), filed by Optical Licensing LLC. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A-US6791898, #2 Exhibit B-Claim Chart, #3 Civil Cover Sheet)(Wernow, Howard) (Attachment 3 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

 

Docket Entries

  • 08/31/2021
  • DocketCase assigned to Judge Alan D Albright. CM WILL NOW REFLECT THE JUDGE INITIALS AS PART OF THE CASE NUMBER. PLEASE APPEND THESE JUDGE INITIALS TO THE CASE NUMBER ON EACH DOCUMENT THAT YOU FILE IN THIS CASE. (lad) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • Docket(#7) Summons Issued as to Lowe's Home Centers, LLC. (lad) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • Docket(#6) Summons Issued as to Lowe's Companies, Inc.. (lad) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • 08/31/2021
  • DocketAll parties shall comply with the Standing Orders located at https://www.txwd.uscourts.gov/judges-information/standing-orders/. (lad) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • Docket(#5) Notice of Filing of Patent/Trademark Form (AO 120). AO 120 forwarded to the Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. (Wernow, Howard) (Main Document 5 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • Docket(#4) RULE 7 DISCLOSURE STATEMENT filed by Optical Licensing LLC. (Wernow, Howard) (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • Docket(#3) REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS by Optical Licensing LLC. (Wernow, Howard) (Main Document 3 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • Docket(#2) REQUEST FOR ISSUANCE OF SUMMONS by Optical Licensing LLC. (Wernow, Howard) (Main Document 2 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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  • 08/31/2021
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  • Docket(#1) COMPLAINT ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number 0542-15171138), filed by Optical Licensing LLC. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit A-US6791898, #2 Exhibit B-Claim Chart, #3 Civil Cover Sheet)(Wernow, Howard) (Attachment 3 replaced on 8/31/2021) (lad). (Entered: 08/31/2021)

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