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1 CONSTANTINE MARANTIDIS, CA Bar No. 173318


cmarantidis@lrrc.com
2 G. WARREN BLEEKER, CA Bar No. 210834
wbleeker@lrrc.com
3 KYLE W. KELLAR, CA Bar No. 294253
kkellar@lrrc.com
4 LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER CHRISTIE LLP
655 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2300
5 Glendale, CA 91203-1445
Telephone: (626) 795-9900
6 Facsimile: (626) 577-8800
7 Attorneys for Plaintiff
8 Meissner Filtration Products, Inc.

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10 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
11 CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
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MEISSNER FILTRATION Case No. 2:20-cv-01078
13 PRODUCTS, INC.,
Plaintiff, COMPLAINT FOR PATENT
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INFRINGEMENT
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CORPORATION, DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL
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Defendant.
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19 Plaintiff Meissner Filtration Products, Inc. (“Meissner” or “Plaintiff”)
20 through its undersigned counsel, brings this action against Defendant Nordson
21 Medical Corporation (“Defendant”). In support of the Complaint, Plaintiff
22 alleges as follows:
23 JURISDICTION AND VENUE
24 1. This is an action for patent infringement pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 271
25 et seq. This Court has exclusive subject matter jurisdiction over this action under
26 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338(a).
27 2. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant because, on
28 information and belief, it has done substantial business in this judicial district and
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1 because it has a regular and established place of business in this judicial district at
2 3000 Bunsen Avenue, Ventura, California 93003.
3 3. Venue is proper in this Court under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391(b)(2),
4 1391(c)(2), and 1400(b) based on the forgoing facts and because, on information
5 and belief, a substantial part of the acts or omissions giving rise to the claim,
6 including Defendant’s acts of infringement, have occurred in this judicial district.
7 THE PARTIES
8 4. Meissner is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of
9 the State of California having a principal place of business at 1001 Flynn Road,
10 Camarillo, California 93012.
11 5. On information and belief, Defendant is an Ohio corporation having
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13 agent address at 50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
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14 FACTUAL BACKGROUND AND NATURE OF ACTION


15 6. United States Patent No. 7,373,825 (“the ’825 Patent”), titled
16 “GAUGE TEE DEVICE,” was duly issued by the United States Patent and
17 Trademark Office (“USPTO”) on May 20, 2008. A true and correct copy of the
18 ’825 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A.
19 7. Meissner owns by assignment the entire right, title, and interest in
20 and to the ’825 Patent. As the owner of the entire right, title, and interest in and
21 to the ’825 Patent, Meissner possesses the right to sue and to recover for
22 infringement of the ’825 Patent.
23 8. The ’825 Patent is directed to a disposable sanitary gauge tee.
24 9. Figure 8 of the ’825 Patent, which illustrates non-limiting aspects of
25 some of the claimed embodiments, illustrates a gauge tee device 10” having a
26 diameter at its proximal end 22” that is substantially the same as the diameter at
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10. Meissner sells products embodying the invention of the ’825 Patent,
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called Single-Use Gauge Tees. Since at least December 2016, Meissner has
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identified the ’825 Patent on its Single-Use Gauge Tees that are covered by this
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patent.
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11. The only independent claim of the ’825 Patent, claim 1, recites:
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use in pressure measurement of fluid in disposable tubing comprising:
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a body including a main fluid passageway in fluid connection
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21 said main fluid passageway including a fluid port and a second
fluid port, wherein a hose barb is operatively attached to said body at
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said fluid port and said second fluid port, wherein said disposable
23 tubing can be removably attached to said hose barbs;
24 said pressure fluid passageway including a distal end for
removable attachment of a sanitary pressure gauge and a
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biocompatible gauge protector for isolation of said fluid from said
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substantially the same diameter as said distal end of said pressure
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1 fluid passageway, therein providing a total transfer of fluid within said


2 pressure fluid passageway during fluid flow.

3 12. Defendant is currently offering for sale and/or selling disposable


4 sanitary gauge tees, which it refers to as Sanitary Fitting Instrument Tees, that
5 infringe the ’825 Patent, including at least those identified as SFMXT6110-VP1
6 and SFMXT680-VP1 (collectively, the “Accused Products”). Product diagrams
7 available at Defendant’s website detailing the SFMXT6110-VP1 and
8 SFMXT680-VP1 are attached hereto as Exhibits B and C, respectively.
9 13. Defendant’s disposable sanitary gauge tees, including at least those
10 identified by product numbers SFMXT6110-VP1 and SFMXT680-VP1, each
11 have, either literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, all the elements of
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12 at least claim 1 of the ’825 Patent as described in the chart attached hereto as
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14 (i) Defendant describes the Accused Products on its website


15 as “sanity fitting instrument tee.” The Accused Products do not have
a dead zone and may be used to measure pressure in disposable
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17 (ii) The Accused Products have a body including a main fluid
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fluid passageway;
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operatively attached to the body at the fluid port and the second fluid
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port. Disposable tubing can be removably attached to said hose barbs;
22 (iv) The pressure fluid passageway of the Accused Products
23 includes a distal end for removable attachment of a sanitary pressure
gauge and a biocompatible gauge protector for isolation of the fluid
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from the sanitary pressure gauge; and
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of the pressure fluid passageway such that a total transfer of fluid is
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1 14. As would be understood by one of ordinary skill in the art,


2 “substantially the same diameter” as recited in claim 1 of the ’825 Patent does not
3 require exactly the same diameter at the proximal and distal ends of the pressure
4 fluid passageway but covers variations between the diameter at the proximal and
5 distal ends of the pressure fluid passageway. As can be seen at least in Figure 8
6 of the ’825 Patent, which is reproduced again below, such variations in diameters
7 of the proximal end 22” and the distal end 30” of the pressure fluid passageway
8 24” were shown in at least one illustrated embodiment:
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22 distal end 30” of the pressure fluid passageway 20”.”
23 16. Defendant’s Accused Products embody the same or substantially
24 similar variation in diameters of the proximal end and the distal end of the
25 pressure fluid passageway as shown in the annotated image of one of the Accused
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12 manner as in the claimed embodiment to obtain the same result, any difference
13 between the Accused Products and claim 1 of the ’825 Patent is insubstantial and
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15 18. Accordingly, Defendant has infringed, and continues to infringe, at
16 least claim 1 of the ’825 Patent by offering for sale and selling the Accused
17 Products, which embody all of the features of at least claim 1 of the ’825 Patent.
18 19. Meissner contacted Defendant as early as June 3, 2016, informing
19 Defendant of Meissner’s patent rights in the ’825 Patent. Counsel for Defendant
20 confirmed receipt on Meissner’s June 3, 2016 communication shortly thereafter.
21 Since being put on notice of the ’825 Patent, Defendant has not ceased offering
22 for sale or selling the Accused Products.
23 CLAIM FOR RELIEF
24 (Patent Infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,373,825)
25 20. Meissner incorporates and re-alleges Paragraphs 1 through 19 of this
26 Complaint as if fully set forth herein.
27 21. The USPTO duly issued the ’825 Patent on May 20, 2008.
28 22. The ’825 Patent is valid and enforceable.

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1 23. Meissner has, since at least December 2016, marked its products
2 covered by the ’825 Patent pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 287.
3 24. Defendant has infringed at least claim 1 of the ’825 Patent, either
4 literally or under the doctrine of equivalents, by offering to sell and/or selling in
5 the United States its Sanitary Fitting Instrument Tees, including at least product
6 numbers SFMXT6110-VP1 and SFMXT680-VP1 (referred to above and below as
7 the “Accused Products”).
8 25. Defendant’s infringement of the ’825 Patent has injured Meissner,
9 and Meissner is entitled to recover damages adequate to compensate it for
10 Defendant’s infringement, which in no event can be less than a reasonable
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13 because Defendant offered for sale, sold, and continues to offer for sale and sell
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15 constituted infringement of a valid patent, and Defendant knew or should have
16 known of such risk when they infringed the ’825 Patent.
17 27. Defendant was put on actual notice of the ’825 Patent as early as
18 June 3, 2016 but continued to offer for sale and sell the Accused Products.
19 Such infringement is willful.
20 28. Pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 284, the Court should award Meissner treble
21 damages as a result of Defendant’s willful infringement.
22 29. Defendant’s infringement of the ’825 Patent is exceptional.
23 Accordingly, pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 285, Meissner is entitled to recover from
24 Defendant its reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in prosecuting this
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1 PRAYER FOR RELIEF


2 WHEREFORE, Plaintiff respectfully requests that this Court enter
3 judgment as follows:
4 1. That Defendant has infringed the ’825 Patent;
5 2. That Defendant’s infringement of the ’825 Patent has been willful;
6 3. Entry of a permanent injunction against further infringement of the
7 ’825 Patent;
8 4. An award of damages adequate to compensate Meissner for
9 Defendant’s infringement of the ’825 Patent, including pre-judgment interest and
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11 5. An Order requiring Defendant to account for and pay to Meissner
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12 any and all profits made by Defendant from its sales of the Accused Products
13 pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 289;
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14 6. An award of all other damages permitted by 35 U.S.C. § 284;


15 7. A determination that this is an exceptional case within the meaning
16 of 35 U.S.C. § 285 and an award to Meissner of its costs and reasonable
17 attorneys’ fees incurred in this action; and
18 8. Such other relief as this Court deems just and proper.
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20 Dated: February 3, 2020 Respectfully submitted,
21 LEWIS ROCA ROTHGERBER
CHRISTIE LLP
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Constantine Marantidis
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G. Warren Bleeker
25 Kyle W. Kellar
26 Attorneys for Plaintiff
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1 JURY DEMAND
2 Plaintiff requests a jury trial of all issues in this action so triable.
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4 Dated: February 3, 2020 Respectfully submitted,
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CHRISTIE LLP
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Constantine Marantidis
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EXHIBIT A
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Exhibit A
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EXHIBIT B
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EXHIBIT C
NOTES: 1. FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, PLEASE CONTACT VP PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT REVISIONS

2. DIMENSIONS MARKED�ARE CONTROL DIMENSIONS REV. DESCRIPTION DATE APPROVED

INITIAL CONCEPT 9-17-16


3. ALL EXTERIOR SURFACES HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 20 Ra MICROINCH SURFACE FINISH
A H.L
4. ALL INTERIOR SURFACES HAVE A MAXIMUM OF 15 Ra MICROINCH SURFACE FINISH
5. VALUE PLASTICS SFMX SERIES FERRULES ARE DESIGNED TO
COMPLY WITH ASME BPE-2014 TABLE DT-7-1 HYGIENIC CLAMP FERRULE STANDARD DIMENSIONS &
TOLERANCES; DT-9.3-1 HYGIENIC CLAMP FERRULE: DESIGN CRITERIA. REF PM-4.6.1.2.
PERFORMANCE NOTE.
6. ALL INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR SURFACE FINISHES COMPLY WITH ASME BPE-2014 TABLE
SF-3.4-1 SFP2 Ra Readings for Polymeric Product Contact Surfaces 3.910±.050

----------2x ¢.718±.020

A 2X q).447±.020---,�-----.
2X 2X .353±.010
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2X q).490±.020

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1.272±.020 PARTING LINE PERMITTED ON THIS q) 1.500±.008
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VALUE PLASTICS, INC
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DETAIL Z SFMXT680
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Tee Sanitary Fitting, Maxi Flange to 600
Series Barb, 1/2" (12.7 mm) Tubing ID
Frank. Lombardi 1111212016
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FOR REFERENCE ONLY


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EXHIBIT D
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US Patent No. 7,373,825 Defendant’s Accused Products

1. A disposable sanitary Defendant refers to the Accused Products as “sanitary

gauge tee with no dead fitting instrument tee[s].”

zone for use in pressure (https://www.nordsonmedical.com/Shop/Fluid-

measurement of fluid in Management/Products/G40GG1-PX-150).

disposable tubing

comprising:

a body including a main proximal end of


pressure fluid
passageway
fluid passageway in fluid

connection with a proximal

end of a pressure fluid

passageway;

main fluid
body
passageway

said main fluid

passageway including a

fluid port and a second

fluid port, wherein a hose

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barb is operatively

hose barb hose barb


attached to said body at

said fluid port and said

second fluid port, wherein

said disposable tubing can

fluid port
be removably attached to second fluid
port

said hose barbs;

said pressure fluid


distal end of
pressure fluid
passageway including a passageway

distal end for removable

attachment of a sanitary

pressure gauge and a

biocompatible gauge

protector for isolation of

said fluid from said sanitary

pressure gauge;

and said proximal end of

said pressure fluid

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passageway being

substantially the same

diameter as said distal end

of said pressure fluid

passageway, therein

providing a total transfer of

fluid within said pressure

fluid passageway during

fluid flow.

Exhibit D
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