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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT


DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA

FEY INDUSTRIES, INC., )


) 0:19-cv-1758
Plaintiff, )
)
v. ) COMPLAINT
)
KITCHENDAO Information ) Jury Trial Demanded
Technology Co., Ltd. )
)
Defendant. )
)

COMPLAINT

Plaintiff, Fey Industries, Inc., for its Complaint against Defendant KitchenDao

Information Technology Co., Ltd., states:

THE PARTIES

1. Plaintiff, Fey Industries, Inc. (“Fey Industries”) is a Minnesota corporation having

its principal place of business at 200 4th Avenue North, Edgerton, Minnesota 56128. Fey

Industries is a citizen and resident of Minnesota.

2. Defendant KitchenDao Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“KitchenDao”) is,

upon information and belief, a Chinese corporation having a principal place of business at Suite

1203, North Tower of Continental Center, No. 1068 XinGangDong Road, HaiZhu District,

GuangZhou, China 510335 and B9-3 Yin Ling Science and Technology Industrial Park, Jian

Cheng District, Yangjiang, Guangdong, China 529931. KitchenDao operates a website at

www.kitchendao.com. KitchenDao also sells its infringing products into the United States,

including in this District, via Amazon.com. Upon information and belief, KitchenDao is not a

resident of any judicial district in the United States.

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JURISDICTION AND VENUE

3. This is a claim of patent infringement arising under the Acts of Congress relating

to patents, 35 U.S.C. §§ 271, 281-285, and 289. This Court has exclusive subject matter

jurisdiction over Plaintiff’s patent infringement claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and

1338(a).

4. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Defendant. KitchenDao maintains a

website at www.kitchendao.com, accessible with this District, that advertises its products,

including the infringing products. KitchenDao sells its products, including the infringing

products, into this District via at least Amazon.com.

(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0753F42SB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s02?ie=U

TF8&psc=1) KitchenDao has purposefully directed its activities within this District and Fey

Industries’ claims arise out of KitchenDao’s activities directed at and within Minnesota.

5. Venue is proper in this District under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c)(3). Defendant

KitchenDao, as a Chinese company, is not a resident of the United States. Therefore,

KitchenDao may be sued in any judicial district. As a foreign corporation, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b)

does not apply.

FACTS

6. Fey Industries is an industry leader in providing branded and packaging products,

including kitchen products, that enhance the image of other organizations to their users and

customers.

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7. Fey Industries’ core technologies include: injection molding, thin gauge

thermoforming, RF heat sealing, and sonic welding along with decoration methods of digital

printing, laser engraving, hotstamping, pad printing, and screen printing.

8. Fey Industries manufactures and sells items under its various trademarked brands.

9. Fey Industries sells The World’s Best Pizza Cutter TM (registration pending) as

part of its Mi-Line® of products. The World’s Best Pizza Cutter TM is one of Fey Industries’

bestselling products.

10. Fey Industries has protected The World’s Best Pizza Cutter TM through several

patents, including at least United States Patent No. D519,334.

11. Upon information and belief, Defendant is engaged in the business of

manufacturing, selling, offering to sell, and/or importing kitchen products.

http://www.kitchendao.com/index.php?g=&m=article&a=index&id=21&cid=16

12. Defendant offers for sale and sells its Pizza Cutter Roller on its website

(http://www.kitchendao.com/index.php?g=&m=article&a=index&id=34&cid=8) and through at

least some of its retail partners including Amazon.com

(https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0753F42SB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s02?ie=U

TF8&psc=1).

13. Fey Industries has not authorized Defendant under any of its patents.

CLAIM:
PATENT INFRINGEMENT U.S. PATENT NO. D519,334

14. Fey Industries repeats the allegations of paragraphs 1-13 of this Complaint.

15. On April 25, 2006, United States Patent No. D519,334 entitled “Pizza Cutter” was

duly and legally issued to inventor Steven L. Molenaar and was assigned to Molenaar, Inc. It was

subsequently assigned to Fey Industries on June 7, 2013 (Reel/Frame No. 030598/0088). Fey

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Industries is now the owner of the entire right, title and interest in and to United States Patent

No. D519,334 and has been and still is the owner thereof. United States Patent No. D519,334 is

attached as Exhibit A.

16. United States Patent No. D519,334 covers an ornamental design for a pizza cutter.

17. Defendant has infringed and continues to infringe United States Patent No.

D519,334 by making, using, offering to sell, or selling in the United States, and/or importing into

the United States products infringing the ornamental design covered by United States Patent No.

D519,334 in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271, including but not limited to Defendant’s Pizza Cutter

Roller product.

18. Defendant has applied the patented design, or a colorable imitation thereof, to an

article of manufacture, including but not limited to Defendant’s Swing Pizza Cutter product, for

the purpose of sale and has sold or exposed for sale an article of manufacture, including but not

limited to Defendant’s Swing Pizza Cutter product, to which the patented design or a colorable

imitation has been applied in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 289.

19. The ornamental design of Defendant’s Swing Pizza Cutter is the same or

substantially the same as the ornamental design of United States Patent No. D519,334. The

designs are so similar as to be nearly identical such that an ordinary observer, giving such

attention as a purchaser usually gives, would be so deceived by the substantial similarity between

the designs so as to be induced to purchase Defendant’s products believing them to be

substantially the same as the design protected by United States Patent No. D519,334.

20. A side-by-side comparison of United States Patent No. D519,334’s patented

design and an exemplary specimen of Defendant’s Swing Pizza Cutter is shown below:

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D519,334 KitchenDao’s Swing Pizza Cutter

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21. Fey Industries has not authorized Defendant under United States Patent No.

D519,334.

22. Fey Industries has complied with the notice provision of the patent statutes by

placing a notice of United States Patent No. D519,334 on products covered by the patent.

23. Fey Industries has been damaged by Defendant’s infringement of United States

Patent No. D519,334 and will continue to be damaged in the future unless Defendant is

permanently enjoined from infringing said patent.

24. Fey Industries has also suffered monetary damages caused by Defendant’s

infringement in an amount to be proven at trial.

25. Fey Industries is entitled to a complete accounting of all revenue and profits

derived by Defendant’s unlawful conduct alleged herein, including without limitation,

Defendant’s total profit pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 289.

PRAYER FOR RELIEF

Fey Industries respectfully requests a jury trial for this matter.

WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff, Fey Industries Inc., prays that the Court enter an order and

judgment:

A. that Defendant has infringed United States Patent No. D519,334.

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B. preliminarily and permanently enjoining and restraining Defendant, its directors,

members, officers, agents, servants, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, and all persons in active

concert or participation with, through, or under them, at first during the pendency of this action

and thereafter perpetually from making, using, offering to sell, or selling in the United States,

and/or importing into the United States products infringing United States Patent No. D519,334.

C. awarding Fey Industries damages under 35 U.S.C. §§ 284 and 289, including

Defendant’s total profit pursuant to 35 U.S.C. § 289.

D. awarding Fey Industries its attorneys’ fees as provided by 35 U.S.C. § 285.

E. awarding Fey Industries such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

Respectfully Submitted,

Date: July 2, 2019 s/Anthony R. Zeuli


Anthony R. Zeuli (MN Bar # 274884)
Joseph W. Dubis (MN Bar # 398344)
MERCHANT & GOULD P.C.
3200 IDS Center
80 South Eighth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612.371.5208
Email: tzeuli@merchantgould.com
jdubis@merchantgould.com

Attorneys for Fey Industries, Inc.

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Exhibit A
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USOOD519334S

(12) United States Design Patent (10) Patent No.: US D519,334 S


Molenaar (45) Date of Patent: Apr. 25, 2006
(54) PIZZA CUTTER D375,662 S 11/1996 Noga
D397,001 S 8, 1998 Antista et al.
(76) Inventor: Steven L. Molenaar, 601 W. Highway 5,933,918 A 8/1999 Wallays
40, Willmar, MN (US) 56201 6,438,850 B1 8/2002 Young et al.
(**) Term: 14 Years Primary Examiner Terry A. Wallace
(57) CLAM
(21) Appl. No.: 29/224,295
I claim the ornamental design of a pizza cutter, as shown and
(22) Filed: Feb. 28, 2005 described.
(51) LOC (8) Cl. .................................................... O7-06 DESCRIPTION
52) U.S. Cl. .......................................... ... D7/694
Field of Classification Search D7/694 FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the pizza cutter of my new
design;
D8/98:30/162,292, 299, 306, 307, 314, FIG. 2 is a front elevational view thereof;
30/315, 319, 320, 340 FIG. 3 is a right side elevational view thereof;
See application file for complete search history. FIG. 4 is a rear elevational view thereof
56 Ref FIG. 5 is a left side elevational view thereofs
(56) eerees Cited
e FIG. 6 is a top plan view thereof; and,
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS FIG. 7 is a bottom plan view thereof.
3,682,027 A 8, 1972 Insolio et al.
4,098,156 A 7, 1978 Insolio 1 Claim, 2 Drawing Sheets
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U.S. Patent Apr. 25, 2006 Sheet 1 of 2 US D519,334 S

FIG. 1

FIG.7
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U.S. Patent Apr. 25, 2006 Sheet 2 of 2 US D519,334 S

FIG.2 FIG.3

F/G.4
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I. (a) PLAINTIFFS DEFENDANTS


FEY INDUSTRIES, INC., KITCHENDAO Information Technology Co., Ltd.

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Anthony R. Zeuli, Merchant & Gould P.C., 80 S. Eighth Street, Suite
3200, Minneapolis, MN 55402;tzeuli@merchantgould.com,612-332-5300

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