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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA
INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION
DONALDSON COMPANY, INC.,
Plaintiff,

Case No. 1:15-cv-887

v.
ACTION FILTRATION, INC.
Defendant.

COMPLAINT AND DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL

Plaintiff Donaldson Company, Inc. (Donaldson), for its Complaint against defendant
Action Filtration, Inc. (Action Filtration), states and alleges as follows:
PARTIES
1.

Plaintiff Donaldson is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of

business at 1400 West 94th Street, Bloomington, Minnesota 55431.


2.

Defendant Action Filtration is an Indiana corporation with its principal

place of business at 221 Raymond Street, Hope, Indiana 47246.


JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3.

This Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this Complaint

pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331 and 1338(a) because the claims alleged herein arise under the
Patent Laws of the United States, 35 U.S.C. 1, et seq.
4.

This Court has personal jurisdiction over Action Filtration because its

principal place of business is in the Southern District of Indiana, and because Action Filtration
transacts business and has continuous and systematic contacts in this district, maintains an

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ongoing presence within this district, has purposefully availed itself of the privileges and
benefits of the laws of the state of Indiana, and has engaged in acts causing injury to Donaldson
in this district.
5.

Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391(b) and

(c) and 1400(b).


PATENTS-IN-SUIT
6.

On December 3, 2002, the United States Patent and Trademark Office

duly and legally issued United States Patent No. 6,488,746 (the 746 patent), entitled Air
Filter Assembly Having Non-Cylindrical Filter Elements, For Filtering Air With Particulate
Matter, naming as inventors Kristofer G. Kosmider, Steven A. Johnson and Thomas D. Raether.
A copy of the 746 patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A.
7.

Kristofer G. Kosmider, Steven A. Johnson, and Thomas D. Raether

assigned the entire right, title, and interest in and to the 746 patent to Donaldson. The entire
right, title, and interest in the 746 patent is owned by Donaldson.
8.

On November 30, 2004, the United States Patent and Trademark Office

duly and legally issued United States Design Patent No. D499,177 (the 177 patent), entitled
Filter Element Having Oval Shape, naming as inventors Kristofer G. Kosmider, Steven A.
Johnson and Thomas D. Raether. A copy of the 177 patent is attached hereto as Exhibit B.
9.

Kristofer G. Kosmider, Steven A. Johnson, and Thomas D. Raether

assigned the entire right, title, and interest in and to the 177 patent to Donaldson. The entire
right, title, and interest in the 177 patent is owned by Donaldson.
10.

On September 4, 2007, the United States Patent and Trademark Office

duly and legally issued United States Patent No. 7,264,656 (the 656 patent), entitled Air
Filter Assembly Having Non-Cylindrical Filter Elements, For Filtering Air With Particulate

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Matter, naming as inventors Kristofer G. Kosmider, Steven A. Johnson and Thomas D. Raether.
A copy of the 656 patent is attached hereto as Exhibit C.
11.

Kristofer G. Kosmider, Steven A. Johnson, and Thomas D. Raether

assigned the entire right, title, and interest in and to the 656 patent to Donaldson. The entire
right, title, and interest in the 656 patent is owned by Donaldson.
COUNT I: INFRINGEMENT OF THE 746 PATENT
12.

Donaldson incorporates the allegations contained in paragraphs 1 through

11 above as though fully set forth herein.


13.

Action Filtration has infringed and is continuing to infringe one or more

claims of the 746 patent by making, using, offering to sell, and/or selling replacement noncylindrical filter elements (e.g., Action Filtrations oval filter DF007000-BH) for dust collection
systems, including Donaldson Torit Downflo Oval Dust Collectors, in this district and
elsewhere in the United States in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271.
14.

On information and belief, Action Filtration will continue to infringe the

746 patent unless and until Action Filtration is enjoined by this Court.
15.

Donaldson has suffered irreparable harm by Action Filtrations

infringement of the 746 patent and will continue to suffer irreparable harm in the future unless
and until Action Filtration is enjoined from infringing the 746 patent.
16.

Action Filtrations acts of infringement have caused and continue to cause

monetary damage to Donaldson, and Donaldson is entitled to recover from Action Filtration the
monetary damages sustained by Donaldson and any additional remedy in an amount to be
determined at trial.

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COUNT II: INFRINGEMENT OF THE 177 PATENT


17.

Donaldson incorporates the allegations contained in paragraphs 1 through

11 above as though fully set forth herein.


18.

Action Filtration has infringed and is continuing to infringe one or more

claims of the 177 patent by making, using, offering to sell, and/or selling replacement noncylindrical filter elements (e.g., Action Filtrations oval filter DF007000-BH) for dust collection
systems, including Donaldson Torit Downflo Oval Dust Collectors, that embody the design of
the 177 patent, in this district and elsewhere in the United States in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271.
19.

Action Filtrations replacement non-cylindrical filter elements embody the

design of the 177 patent such that an ordinary observer would be deceived into believing that
Action Filtrations replacement non-cylindrical filter elements are the same as the design of the
177 patent.
20.

Action Filtrations acts of infringement have caused and continue to cause

monetary damage to Donaldson, and Donaldson is entitled to recover from Action Filtration the
monetary damages sustained by Donaldson and any additional remedy in an amount to be
determined at trial.
COUNT III: INFRINGEMENT OF THE 656 PATENT
21.

Donaldson incorporates the allegations contained in paragraphs 1 through

11 above as though fully set forth herein.


22.

Action Filtration has infringed and is continuing to infringe one or more

claims of the 656 patent by making, using, offering to sell, and/or selling replacement noncylindrical filter elements (e.g., Action Filtrations oval filter DF007000-BH) for dust collection
systems, including Donaldson Torit Downflo Oval Dust Collectors, in this district and
elsewhere in the United States in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271.

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23.

Donaldson has suffered irreparable harm by Action Filtrations

infringement of the 656 patent and will continue to suffer irreparable harm in the future unless
and until Action Filtration is enjoined from infringing the 656 patent.
24.

Action Filtrations acts of infringement have caused and continue to cause

monetary damage to Donaldson, and Donaldson is entitled to recover from Action Filtration the
monetary damages sustained by Donaldson and any additional remedy in an amount to be
determined at trial.
DEMAND FOR A JURY TRIAL
25.

Pursuant to Rule 38(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Donaldson

respectfully requests a trial by jury on any and all issues on which a trial by jury is available
under applicable law.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Donaldson respectfully requests this Court enter judgment in its
favor and against Action Filtration, as follows:
A.

To enter judgment that Action Filtration has infringed the 746, 177, and

656 patents in violation of 35 U.S.C. 271;


B.

To enter orders preliminarily and permanently enjoining Action Filtration,

and its respective officers, agents, servants, and employees, and all persons in active concert or
participation with any of the foregoing, who receive actual notice by personal service or
otherwise of the orders, from infringing the 746, 177, and 656 patents in violation of 35
U.S.C. 271;
C.

To award Donaldson an accounting for damages and its damages in

amounts sufficient to compensate it for Action Filtrations infringement of the 746, 177, and

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656 patents, together with pre-judgment and post-judgment interest and costs, pursuant to 35
U.S.C. 284;
D.

To award Donaldson an additional remedy to the extent of Action

Filtrations total profit derived from the sale of replacement non-cylindrical filter elements for
dust collection systems, including Donaldson Torit Downflo Oval Dust Collectors, that
embody the design of the 177 patent, pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 289;
E.

To declare this case to be exceptional under 35 U.S.C. 285 and to

award Donaldson its attorneys fees, expenses, and costs incurred in this action; and
F.

To award Donaldson such other and further relief as this Court deems just

and proper.

Date: June 5, 2015

Respectfully submitted,
By: /s/ R. Trevor Carter
R. Trevor Carter, #18562-49
Trenton B. Morton, #30777-49
FAEGRE BAKER DANIELS LLP
300 N. Meridian St., Suite 2700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Ph: 317-237-0300
Fax: 317-237-1000
Trevor.Carter@FaegreBD.com
Trenton.Morton@FaegreBD.com
Attorneys for Plaintiff, Donaldson Company, Inc.

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Exhibit A

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Exhibit B

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USO0D499177S

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


Kosmider et al.

(54)

FILTER ELEMENT HAVING OVAL SHAPE

(75)

Inventors: Kristofer G. Kosmider, Bloomington,


MN (US); Steven A. Johnson,
Ridgecrest, CA (US); Thomas D.
Raether, St. Louis Park, MN (US)

(73) Assignee: Donaldson Company, Inc.,


Term:

4,496,377 A

1/1985 Margraf
3/1985 Gillingham et al.

D283,621
4,661,131
4,746,339
4,968,424
5,062,867
5,074,896

4/1986 Gauer et al.

S
A
A
A
A
A

4/1987
5/1988
11/1990
11/1991

12/1991 Baert et al.

8/1993 Kahlbaugh et al.


8/1994 Schuler
3/1998 Clements

D417,268 S

(21) Appl. No.: 29/164,772


Jul. 31, 2002
(22) Filed:

Howeth
Millard
Plaisier
Klimczak

12/1992 Pipkorn

5,238,474 A
4,395,269 A
5,730,766 A

14 Years

** Nov. 30, 2004

4,504,293 A

5,173,098 A

Minneapolis, MN (US)

(**)

US 0499,177 s

(45) Date of Patent:

11/1999 Gillingham

D421,649 S

3/2000

D438,214 S

2/2001 Gieseke et al.

6,485,544 B1 * 11/2002
D471,623 S * 3/2003

Cappuyns ................ .. D23/365

D15/5

Ziske ........................ .. 95/273


Gieseke et al. .......... .. D23/365

Related U.S. Application Data


FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS

(63)

Continuation of application No. 10/145,288, ?led on May


13, 2002, and a continuation of application No. 09/608,774,
?led on Jun. 30, 2000, now Pat. No. 6,387,162.

(51)
(52)
(58)

DE
DE
GB

26 25 578 A1
27 44 037 A1
2 195 558 A

12/1977
4/1979
4/1988

LOC (7) Cl. .................................................. .. 23-04


U.S. Cl. .................................................... .. D23/365

Field of Search ....................... ..

D23/209, 365;

210/497.01; 95/273; 55/497, 498


References Cited

(56)

U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS

* cited by examiner

Primary ExaminerRobin V. Taylor


(74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmMerchant & Gould PC.

(57)

CLAIM

The ornamental design for ?lter element having oval shape,


as shoWn and described.

2,072,906 A

3/1937 Rosenberger

2,952,332 A

9/1960 Metro

3,131,044 A

4/1964 Springer

3,327,458
3,421,295
3,475,884
3,524,304
3,830,042
3,891,418
4,072,484
4,187,091

A
A
A
A
A
A
A
A

4,343,632 A
4,345,924 A

6/1967
1/1969
11/1969
8/1970
8/1974
6/1975
2/1978

Auckland
Swift et al.
KulZer
Wittemeier et al.
MacDonnell
Burger et al.
Carre

2/1980 Durre et al.

8/1982 Margraf
8/1982 Margraf

4,395,269 A

7/1983 Schuler

4,415,343 A

11/1983 Margraf

DESCRIPTION
FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of a ?lter element embodying
our neW design;

FIG. 2 is a front elevational vieW thereof, the rear elevational

vieW being a mirror-image thereof;


FIG. 3 is a right elevational vieW thereof, the left elevational

vieW being a mirror-image thereof; and,


FIG. 4 is a top plan vieW thereof.
The bottom plan vieW is not depicted as it is plain and
unornamented.

1 Claim, 4 Drawing Sheets

How00 mom/11
43900104100410.1111
10900041000001

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Maw/.11
11111080980
Watt/1.1.1.1
0. 0

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Exhibit C

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US007264656B2

(12) United States Patent

(10) Patent N0.2

Kosmider et a].
(54)

US 7,264,656 B2

(45) Date of Patent:

AIR FILTER ASSEMBLY HAVING

(58)

*Sep. 4, 2007

Field of Classi?cation Search ............. .. 55/341.1,

NON-CYLINDRICAL FILTER ELEMENTS,

55/361, 378, 379, 381, 484, 498, 502, 529;

FOR FILTERING AIR WITH PARTICULATE

95/273

MATTER

See application ?le for complete search history.


.

(75) Inventors: Kristofer G. Kosmlder, Bloommgton,

(56)

MN (US); Steven A. Johnson, St. Paul,


MN (Us); Thomas D- Raether St

References Cited

U-S- PATENT DOCUMENTS


2,072,906 A
3/1937 Rosenberger

Louis Park, MN (US)

(Continued)

(73) Assignee: Donaldson COIIIPEIIIy, 1116.,


Minneapolis, MN (US)
*

Not1ce:
'

FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS


DE

26 25 578 A1

S ubj ect to anyd'1sc l a1mer,t


'
he term 0 f thi s

12/1977

(Continued)

patent is extended or adjusted under 35

U'SC~ 154(1)) by 0 days'

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

This patent is subject to a terminal (115Claimen

Arguments made by Opponent ECS Australasia Paci?c Pty Ltd. in


an opposition ?led on Feb. 17, 2006 in Donaldson Companys
Australian Patent Application No. 2001271698.

Primary Examinerilason M. Greene

(21) APP1~ N05 10/953139

(74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmiMerchant & Gould RC.

(22) Filed:

(57)

Sep. 28, 2004

(65)

Prior Publication Data


Us Zoos/0039601 A1

An air ?lter assembly for removing particulate matter from


an incoming dirty air stream. The assembly includes a
housing having an inlet, an outlet, a dirty air chamber and a

Feb 24 2005

Related U-s- Application Data


(63)

clean air chamber and a non-cylindrical shaped elongated

Continuation of application NO_ 29/164,772, ?led on


Jul, 31, 2002, now Pat, NO_ Des_ 499,177, which is a
continuation of application No. 10/145,288, ?led on
May 13, 2002, now Pat No_ 6,488,746, which is a
continuation of application NO, 09/608,774, ?led on
Jun 30, 2000, HOW Pat' No_ 6,387,162

(51) Int, Cl,


(52)

ABSTRACT

?lter element arranged Within the dirty air chamber con


structed to remove particulate matter from an incoming air
stream. A plurality of non-cylindrical ?lter elements are
Preferred The non-Cylindrical ?lter elements Prm/ide a
decreased incoming air stream velocity When compared to
conventional cylindrical ?lter elements having the same
surface area. Alternately, the non-cylindrical ?lter elements
alloW an increase in the volume of incoming air When

compared to conventional cylindrical ?lter elements having

B01D 46/00
(2006.01)
US. Cl. .......................... .. 95/273; 55/484; 55/498;

the same surface area.

55/502; 55/529; 55/521; 55/510

82
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36

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35 Claims, 7 Drawing Sheets

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