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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
HOUSTON DIVISION

SUNDESA, LLC, a Utah limited liability


company,

Plaintiff,
Civil Action No. 4:18-cv-1670
v.

WOODBOLT DISTRIBUTION, LLC


d/b/a ROYAL SPORT LTD. and JURY TRIAL DEMANDED
NUTRABOLT, a Delaware limited liability
company,

Defendant.

PLAINTIFF SUNDESA, LLC’S ORIGINAL COMPLAINT


FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT

Plaintiff Sundesa, LLC (“Sundesa”) complains against defendant Woodbolt Distribution,

LLC d/b/a Royal Sport Ltd. and Nutrabolt, (“Woodbolt”), for the causes of action alleged as

follows:

NATURE OF THE ACTION

1. This is an action for infringement of United States Design Patent No. D644,065

(the “Asserted Patent”), a true and correct copy of which is filed concurrently herewith as

“Exhibit A.”

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THE PARTIES

2. Sundesa is a limited liability company duly organized and existing under the laws

of the State of Utah, with its principal place of business located at 250 South 850 East, Lehi,

Utah 84043.

3. Sundesa alleges Woodbolt Distribution, LLC is a limited liability company

organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware with its principal place of

business located at 3891 S. Traditions Dr., Bryan, Texas 77807.

4. Sundesa alleges Woodbolt Distribution, LLC does business as Nutrabolt.

5. Sundesa alleges Woodbolt Distribution, LLC also does business as Royal Sport

Ltd.

JURISDICTION AND VENUE

6. This is a civil action for patent infringement arising under the patent laws of the

United States 35 U.S.C. §§ 1 et seq., including 35 U.S.C. § 271.

7. This Court has original jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action under at

least 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a).

8. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Woodbolt because Woodbolt commits

substantial acts of business in this judicial District, including selling its products throughout the

District to Texas residents within this District. This Court also has personal jurisdiction over

Woodbolt because Woodbolt is a limited liability company registered with the Texas Secretary

of State to do business in the state of Texas as a foreign limited liability company and because

Woodbolt’s principal place of business is located in this judicial District.

9. This Court’s exercise of personal jurisdiction over Woodbolt is consistent with

the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Texas.

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10. Venue is proper in this Court and this Division under at least 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391

and 1400 because Woodbolt’s principal place of business is located, and Woodbolt has

committed acts of patent infringement, in the Southern District of Texas, particularly in Bryan,

Texas, which is a city located within the Houston Division.

FACTUAL BACKGROUND

11. Sundesa is the market leader in the shaker cups industry and its technological

innovations are protected by, inter alia, a portfolio of utility and design patents.

12. Sundesa is an exclusive licensee of the Asserted Patent and has been granted all

rights thereunder, including the right and standing to enforce the Asserted Patent.

13. Woodbolt is in the business of manufacturing and selling dietary supplements,

products, and accessories. In particular, Woodbolt sells and offers for sale, inter alia, shaker

cups, examples of which are pictured below (the “Accused Product”):

14. The design of the Accused Product is substantially the same as the claimed design

that is the subject of the Asserted Patent.

15. Furthermore, the design of the Accused Product is so similar to the claimed

design of the Asserted Patent that customers are likely to be deceived and persuaded to buy the

Accused Products thinking they are actually buying products protected by the Asserted Patent.

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CAUSE OF ACTION
(Infringement of the Asserted Patent)

16. By this reference Sundesa realleges and incorporates the foregoing paragraphs as

though fully set forth herein.

17. Woodbolt has infringed, and continues to infringe the Asserted Patent by using,

offering to sell, selling, and importing Accused Products in this District, and elsewhere in the

United States, the design of which is substantially the same as the claimed design of the Asserted

Patent.

18. Woodbolt’s actions constitute infringement of the Asserted Patent in violation of

35 U.S.C. § 271.

19. Sundesa has sustained damages and will continue to sustain damages as a result of

Woodbolt’s aforementioned acts of infringement.

20. Sundesa is entitled to recover damages sustained as a result of Woodbolt’s

wrongful acts in an amount to be proven at trial.

21. Woodbolt’s infringement of Sundesa’s rights under the Asserted Patent will

continue to damage Sundesa’s business, causing irreparable harm, for which there is no adequate

remedy at law, unless Woodbolt is enjoined by this Court.

22. Alternatively, Sundesa is entitled to recover Woodbolt’s total profits from its sales

of the Accused Product under 35 U.S.C. § 289.

PRAYER FOR RELIEF

WHEREFORE, Plaintiff Sundesa, LLC prays for judgment as follows:

A. A judgment finding Woodbolt liable for infringement of the claim of the Asserted

Patent;

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B. Orders of this Court directing Woodbolt to make an accounting for the total

number of Accused Products that they have made, used, sold, offered for sale, or imported into

the United States.

C. Orders of this Court temporarily, preliminarily, and permanently enjoining

Woodbolt, its agents, servants, and any and all parties acting in concert with any of them, from

directly or indirectly infringing in any manner the claim of the Asserted Patent, pursuant to at

least 35 U.S.C. § 283;

D. An award of damages adequate to compensate Sundesa for Woodbolt’s

infringement of the Asserted Patent, in an amount to be proven at trial, or in the alternative, an

award of Woodbolt’s total profits under 35 U.S.C. § 289;

E. An award of treble Sundesa’s damages, pursuant to at least 35 U.S.C. § 284;

F. A declaration that this is an exceptional case and that Sundesa be awarded its

attorney fees and expenses, pursuant to at least 35 U.S.C. § 285;

G. An award of Sundesa’s costs in bringing this action, pursuant to all applicable

state statutory and common law, including at least 35 U.S.C. § 284;

H. An award of Sundesa’s attorney fees, pursuant to all applicable state statutory and

common law.

I. Prejudgment interest, pursuant to at least 35 U.S.C. § 284;

J. Post-judgment interest, pursuant to at least 28 U.S.C. § 1961(a); and

K. For such other and further relief as the Court deems just and equitable.

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DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL

Sundesa demands trial by jury on all claims and issues so triable.

DATED: May 22, 2018 /s/ Michael J. Howell


Michael J. Howell (Attorney-in-Charge)
Utah Bar No. 11672
Southern District of Texas Bar No. 1267986
Larry R. Laycock (Of Counsel)
Pro Hac Vice Forthcoming
Utah Bar No. 4868
Michael J. Thomas
Pro Hac Vice Forthcoming
Utah Bar No. 12688

MASCHOFF BRENNAN
111 South Main Street, Suite 600
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Telephone: (435) 252-1360
Facsimile: (435) 252-1361

Attorneys for Plaintiff Sundesa, LLC

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JS 44 (Rev. 06/17) CIVIL COVER SHEET
The JS 44 civil cover sheet and the information contained herein neither replace nor supplement the filing and service of pleadings or other papers as required by law, except as
provided by local rules of court. This form, approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States in September 1974, is required for the use of the Clerk of Court for the
purpose of initiating the civil docket sheet. (SEE INSTRUCTIONS ON NEXT PAGE OF THIS FORM.)

I. (a) PLAINTIFFS DEFENDANTS


SUNDESA, LLC, a Utah limited liability company, WOODBOLT DISTRIBUTION, LLC d/b/a ROYAL SPORT LTD. and
NUTRABOLT, a Delaware limited liability company,
(b) County of Residence of First Listed Plaintiff Utah County, Utah County of Residence of First Listed Defendant
(EXCEPT IN U.S. PLAINTIFF CASES) (IN U.S. PLAINTIFF CASES ONLY)
NOTE: IN LAND CONDEMNATION CASES, USE THE LOCATION OF
THE TRACT OF LAND INVOLVED.

(c) Attorneys (Firm Name, Address, and Telephone Number) Attorneys (If Known)
MASCHOFF BRENNAN
111 S. Main Street, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
(435) 252-1360

II. BASIS OF JURISDICTION (Place an “X” in One Box Only) III. CITIZENSHIP OF PRINCIPAL PARTIES (Place an “X” in One Box for Plaintiff
(For Diversity Cases Only) and One Box for Defendant)
’ 1 U.S. Government ’ 3 Federal Question PTF DEF PTF DEF
Plaintiff (U.S. Government Not a Party) Citizen of This State ’ 1 ’ 1 Incorporated or Principal Place ’ 4 ’ 4
of Business In This State

’ 2 U.S. Government ’ 4 Diversity Citizen of Another State ’ 2 ’ 2 Incorporated and Principal Place ’ 5 ’ 5
Defendant (Indicate Citizenship of Parties in Item III) of Business In Another State

Citizen or Subject of a ’ 3 ’ 3 Foreign Nation ’ 6 ’ 6


Foreign Country
IV. NATURE OF SUIT (Place an “X” in One Box Only) Click here for: Nature of Suit Code Descriptions.
CONTRACT TORTS FORFEITURE/PENALTY BANKRUPTCY OTHER STATUTES
’ 110 Insurance PERSONAL INJURY PERSONAL INJURY ’ 625 Drug Related Seizure ’ 422 Appeal 28 USC 158 ’ 375 False Claims Act
’ 120 Marine ’ 310 Airplane ’ 365 Personal Injury - of Property 21 USC 881 ’ 423 Withdrawal ’ 376 Qui Tam (31 USC
’ 130 Miller Act ’ 315 Airplane Product Product Liability ’ 690 Other 28 USC 157 3729(a))
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’ 150 Recovery of Overpayment ’ 320 Assault, Libel & Pharmaceutical PROPERTY RIGHTS ’ 410 Antitrust
& Enforcement of Judgment Slander Personal Injury ’ 820 Copyrights ’ 430 Banks and Banking
’ 151 Medicare Act ’ 330 Federal Employers’ Product Liability ’ 830 Patent ’ 450 Commerce
’ 152 Recovery of Defaulted Liability ’ 368 Asbestos Personal ’ 835 Patent - Abbreviated ’ 460 Deportation
Student Loans ’ 340 Marine Injury Product New Drug Application ’ 470 Racketeer Influenced and
(Excludes Veterans) ’ 345 Marine Product Liability ’ 840 Trademark Corrupt Organizations
’ 153 Recovery of Overpayment Liability PERSONAL PROPERTY LABOR SOCIAL SECURITY ’ 480 Consumer Credit
of Veteran’s Benefits ’ 350 Motor Vehicle ’ 370 Other Fraud ’ 710 Fair Labor Standards ’ 861 HIA (1395ff) ’ 490 Cable/Sat TV
’ 160 Stockholders’ Suits ’ 355 Motor Vehicle ’ 371 Truth in Lending Act ’ 862 Black Lung (923) ’ 850 Securities/Commodities/
’ 190 Other Contract Product Liability ’ 380 Other Personal ’ 720 Labor/Management ’ 863 DIWC/DIWW (405(g)) Exchange
’ 195 Contract Product Liability ’ 360 Other Personal Property Damage Relations ’ 864 SSID Title XVI ’ 890 Other Statutory Actions
’ 196 Franchise Injury ’ 385 Property Damage ’ 740 Railway Labor Act ’ 865 RSI (405(g)) ’ 891 Agricultural Acts
’ 362 Personal Injury - Product Liability ’ 751 Family and Medical ’ 893 Environmental Matters
Medical Malpractice Leave Act ’ 895 Freedom of Information
REAL PROPERTY CIVIL RIGHTS PRISONER PETITIONS ’ 790 Other Labor Litigation FEDERAL TAX SUITS Act
’ 210 Land Condemnation ’ 440 Other Civil Rights Habeas Corpus: ’ 791 Employee Retirement ’ 870 Taxes (U.S. Plaintiff ’ 896 Arbitration
’ 220 Foreclosure ’ 441 Voting ’ 463 Alien Detainee Income Security Act or Defendant) ’ 899 Administrative Procedure
’ 230 Rent Lease & Ejectment ’ 442 Employment ’ 510 Motions to Vacate ’ 871 IRS—Third Party Act/Review or Appeal of
’ 240 Torts to Land ’ 443 Housing/ Sentence 26 USC 7609 Agency Decision
’ 245 Tort Product Liability Accommodations ’ 530 General ’ 950 Constitutionality of
’ 290 All Other Real Property ’ 445 Amer. w/Disabilities - ’ 535 Death Penalty IMMIGRATION State Statutes
Employment Other: ’ 462 Naturalization Application
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Other ’ 550 Civil Rights Actions
’ 448 Education ’ 555 Prison Condition
’ 560 Civil Detainee -
Conditions of
Confinement
V. ORIGIN (Place an “X” in One Box Only)
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Proceeding State Court Appellate Court Reopened Another District Litigation - Litigation -
(specify) Transfer Direct File
Cite the U.S. Civil Statute under which you are filing (Do not cite jurisdictional statutes unless diversity):
35 U.S.C. Sections 271, 283, 284, 285, and 289; 28 U.S.C. Section 1961(a)
VI. CAUSE OF ACTION Brief description of cause:
Infringement of Plaintiff's United States Design Patent No. D644,065
VII. REQUESTED IN ’ CHECK IF THIS IS A CLASS ACTION DEMAND $ CHECK YES only if demanded in complaint:
COMPLAINT: UNDER RULE 23, F.R.Cv.P. JURY DEMAND: ’ Yes ’ No
VIII. RELATED CASE(S)
(See instructions):
IF ANY JUDGE DOCKET NUMBER
DATE SIGNATURE OF ATTORNEY OF RECORD
/s/ Michael J. Howell
FOR OFFICE USE ONLY

RECEIPT # AMOUNT APPLYING IFP JUDGE MAG. JUDGE

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The JS 44 civil cover sheet and the information contained herein neither replaces nor supplements the filings and service of pleading or other papers as
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I.(a) Plaintiffs-Defendants. Enter names (last, first, middle initial) of plaintiff and defendant. If the plaintiff or defendant is a government agency, use
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in one of the boxes. If there is more than one basis of jurisdiction, precedence is given in the order shown below.
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precedence, and box 1 or 2 should be marked.
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citizenship of the different parties must be checked. (See Section III below; NOTE: federal question actions take precedence over diversity
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that is most applicable. Click here for: Nature of Suit Code Descriptions.

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