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Northern District of Ohio
Cat07, Perelman

U.S. District Court
Northern District of Ohio (Cleveland)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 1:09-cv-00513-DCN


Invacare Corporation v. Merits Health Products, Inc. et al
Assigned to: Judge Donald C. Nugent
Cause: 35:271 Patent Infringement

Date Filed: 03/06/2009
Jury Demand: Plaintiff
Nature of Suit: 830 Patent
Jurisdiction: Federal Question
Plaintiff
Invacare Corporation represented byCharles B. Lyon
Calfee, Halter & Griswold
1400 McDonald Investment Center
800 Superior Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44114
216-622-8510
Fax: 216-241-0816
Email: clyon@calfee.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Chet J. Bonner
Calfee, Halter & Griswold - Cleveland
1400 McDonald Investment Center
800 Superior Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44114
216-622-8891
Fax: 216-241-0816
Email: cbonner@calfee.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Nenad Pejic
Calfee, Halter & Griswold - Cleveland
1400 McDonald Investment Center
800 Superior Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44114
216-622-8200
Fax: 216-241-0816
Email: npejic@calfee.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Raymond Rundelli
Calfee, Halter & Griswold - Cleveland
1400 McDonald Investment Center
800 Superior Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44114
216-622-8854
Fax: 216-241-0816
Email: rrundelli@calfee.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

V.
Defendant
Merits Health Products, Inc. represented byAlbert L. Schmeiser
Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts - Mesa
Ste. 101
18 East University Drive
Mesa , AZ 85201
480-655-0073
Fax: 480-655-9536
Email: alschmeiser@iplawusa.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

William Udall
Udall & Smith
Ste. 1700
18 East University Drive
Mesa , AZ 85201
480-898-3660
Fax: 480-898-3435
Email: udall@iplawusa.com
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

David C. Tryon
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur - Cleveland
1700 Huntington Bldg.
925 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland , OH 44115
216-443-9000
Fax: 216-443-9011
Email: dtryon@porterwright.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

James D. Liles
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur - Cincinnati
Ste. 2200
250 East Fifth Street
Cincinnati , OH 45202
513-369-4209
Fax: 513-421-0991
Email: jliles@porterwright.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Joseph A. Bruce
Schmeiser, Olsen & Watts - Mesa
Ste. 101
18 East University Drive
Mesa , AZ 85201
480-655-0073
Fax: 480-655-9536
Email: jbruce@iplawusa.com
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
Merits Holding Company, Inc. represented byAlbert L. Schmeiser
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

William Udall
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

David C. Tryon
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

James D. Liles
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Joseph A. Bruce
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED
Defendant
Merits Health Products Co., Ltd. represented byAlbert L. Schmeiser
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

William Udall
(See above for address)
LEAD ATTORNEY
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

David C. Tryon
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

James D. Liles
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Joseph A. Bruce
(See above for address)
ATTORNEY TO BE NOTICED

Date Filed #Docket Text
03/06/20091 Complaint with jury demand Seeking Injunctive and Monetary Relief for Patent and Trademark Infringement and Related Claims against all defendants. Filing fee $ 350, receipt number 06470000000003454757, filed by Invacare Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, U.S. Trademark No. 3,215,366, # 2 Exhibit B, Summary of Safety and Effectiveness from 2005 510K Filing by Merits Health Products, # 3 Exhibit C, Advertisement by Merits Health Products in 1/09 HME News, # 4 Exhibit D, U.S. Patent No. 5,988,165, # 5 Exhibit E, 9/2/08 Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate for U.S.Patent No. 5,988,165, # 6 Exhibit F, Advertisement by Invacare in 1/09 HME News, # 7 Exhibit G, Order of Dismissal for Case No. 05-2469, # 8 Motion to Amend Order of Dismissal for Case No. 05-2469, # 9 Exhibit I, Product information from Merits Health Products website, # 10 Exhibit J, U.S. Patent No. 7,244,107 B2, # 11 Civil Cover Sheet, # 12 Summons to Merits Health Products, Co., Ltd., # 13 Summons to Merits Holding Company, Inc., # 14 Summons to Merits Health Products, Inc.) (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/06/20092 Corporate Disclosure Statement by Invacare Corporation filed by Invacare Corporation. (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/06/20093  Motion for preliminary injunction Against Patent and Trademark Infringement filed by Plaintiff Invacare Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Support, # 2 Exhibit K, Preliminary Claim Charts for U.S. Patent No. 5,988,165, # 3 Exhibit L, Summary of Safety and Effectiveness from 2006 510K filing by Merits Health Products, # 4 Exhibit M, Pioneer Q110 Oxygen Concentrator Product Specifications, # 5 Exhibit N, IVC patent marking labels on HomeFill, # 6 Exhibit O, facility locations from Merits Health website, # 7 Proposed Order)(Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/06/20094  Affidavit/Declaration of Joseph S. Lewarski in Support of Invacare's Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by Invacare Corporation. Related document(s) 3 . (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/06/20095  Affidavit/Declaration of Gerold Goertzen in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by Invacare Corporation. Related document(s) 3 . (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/06/20096  Affidavit/Declaration of James S. Makiaris in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by Invacare Corporation. Related document(s) 3 . (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/06/20097  Affidavit/Declaration of Louis F. J. Slangen in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by Invacare Corporation. Related document(s) 3 . (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/06/2009)
03/09/2009  Judge Patricia A. Gaughan assigned to case. (C,BA) (Entered: 03/09/2009)
03/09/2009 Random Assignment of Magistrate Judge pursuant to Local Rule 3.1. In the event of a referral, case will be assigned to Magistrate Judge Perelman. (C,BA) (Entered: 03/09/2009)
03/09/20098 Summons and Magistrate Consent Form issued to counsel for service upon Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc. & Merits Holding Company, Inc. (Attachments: # 1 Summons for Merits Health Products, Inc., # 2 Summons for Merits Holding Company, Inc., # 3 Summons for Merits Health Products Co., Ltd.) (C,BA) (Entered: 03/09/2009)
03/10/20099 Return of Service Executed upon Merits Health Products, Inc. by corporate service on March 10, 2009 filed on behalf of Invacare Corporation Related document(s) 1 . (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/10/2009)
03/10/200910 Return of Service Executed upon Merits Holding Company, Inc. by corporate service on March 10, 2009 filed on behalf of Invacare Corporation Related document(s) 1 . (Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 03/10/2009)
03/20/2009 Service by Clerk. Summons and Complaint addressed to Merits Health Products Co., Ltd. (Taiwanese address) placed in U.S. Mail. Type of service: registered mail. Registered # R8974532023US. (C,B) (Entered: 03/23/2009)
03/30/200911  Motion for extension of time until April 30, 2009 to answer Plaintiff's Complaint and Respond to Pending Motion filed by Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. Related document(s) 1 , 3 . (Tryon, David) (Entered: 03/30/2009)
04/02/200912  Motion for temporary restraining order and Opposition to Defendants' Motion for a Thirty Day Extension of Time to Respond to the Complaint and Pending Motion for Preliminary Injunction filed by Plaintiff Invacare Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit P - 3/9/09 email, # 3 Exhibit Q - 3/25/09 email, # 4 Exhibit R - CD-ROM catalogue product page, # 5 Exhibit S - product page from catalogue, # 6 Exhibit T - 3/13/09 email, # 7 Exhibit U - 3/26/09 email, # 8 Affidavit of Joseph Lewarski in Support of Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, # 9 Affidavit of Mark Kline in Support of Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, # 10 Affidavit of Raymond Rundelli pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 65(b))(Pejic, Nenad) (Entered: 04/02/2009)
04/02/200913 Minute/Order: By agreement of the parties Brief in Opposition to the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order is due 4/8/09. Judge Patricia A. Gaughan on 4/2/09. (LC,S) re 12 (Entered: 04/02/2009)
04/03/200914 Order of Transfer reassigning case to Judge Donald C. Nugent for all further proceedings. Case is a refiled/related matter to case no. 05cv2469. Judge Patricia A. Gaughan no longer assigned to case. Signed by Judges Patricia A. Gaughan and Donald C. Nugent on 4/3/09. (S,R) Modified text on 4/13/2009 (B,B). (Entered: 04/03/2009)
04/06/200915  Motion for attorney Albert L. Schmeiser to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 06470000000003501039, filed by Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Albert L. Schmeiser)(Tryon, David) (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/06/200916  Motion for attorney William Udall to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 06470000000003501076, filed by Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of William Udall (28 U.S.C. 1746))(Tryon, David) (Entered: 04/06/2009)
04/07/2009 Order [non-document]granting Motion for appearance pro hac vice by attorney Albert L. Schmeiser for Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc. and Merits Holding Company, Inc. (Related Doc # 15 ) Judge Donald C. Nugent(R,JM) (Entered: 04/07/2009)
04/07/2009 Order [non-document]granting Motion for appearance pro hac vice by attorney William Udall for Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc. and Merits Holding Company, Inc. (Related Doc # 16 ) Judge Donald C. Nugent(R,JM) (Entered: 04/07/2009)
04/08/200917 Response to Motion for temporary restraining order and Motion for preliminary injunction filed by Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - Declaration of Vincent Chen)(Related doc 3 , 12 ) (Tryon, David) Modified text on 4/13/2009 (B,B). (Entered: 04/08/2009)
04/10/200918  Motion for attorney Joseph Bruce to Appear Pro Hac Vice. Filing fee $ 100, receipt number 06470000000003510560, filed by Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Joseph Bruce)(Tryon, David) (Entered: 04/10/2009)
04/13/200919  Notice of Filing Proposed Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and a Preliminary Injunction filed by Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order Denying Plaintiff's Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Injunction)Related document(s) 12 , 3 .(Tryon, David) (Entered: 04/13/2009)
04/13/200920 First Amended complaint with jury demand Seeking Injunctive and Monetary Relief for Patent and Trademark Infringement and Related Claims against all defendants, filed by Invacare Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A -- U.S. Trademark Registration No. 3,215,366, # 2 Exhibit B -- Summary of Safety and Effectiveness from 2005 510K Filing by Merits Health Products, # 3 Exhibit C -- Advertisement by Merits Health Products in 1/09 HME News, # 4 Exhibit D -- U.S. Patent No. 5,988,165, # 5 Exhibit E -- 9/2/08 Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate for U.S. Patent No. 5,988,165, # 6 Exhibit F -- Advertisement by Invacare in 1/09 HME News, # 7 Exhibit G -- Order of Dismissal for Case No. 05-2469, # 8 Exhibit H -- Motion to Amend Order of Dismissal for Case No. 05-2469, # 9 Exhibit I -- Product information from Merits Health Products website, # 10 Exhibit J -- U.S. Patent No. 7,244,107, # 11 Exhibit R -- CD-ROM catalogue product page, # 12 Exhibit V -- Invacare Oxygen Catalog showing Home Fill Oxygen Filling System, # 13 Exhibit W -- Photographs of Merits' New Compressor System with two port oxygen concentrator provided by Merits' CEO, # 14 Exhibit X -- Enlarged Photograph of Merits' Adaptor Kit, # 15 Exhibit Y -- Webpage from http://www.medtrademarketsource.com) (Pejic, Nenad) Modified text on 4/14/2009 (B,B). (Entered: 04/13/2009)
04/13/200921 Reply to response to 3 Motion for preliminary injunction , 12 Motion for temporary restraining order filed by Invacare Corporation. (Attachments: # 1 Supplemental Declaration of Gerold Goertzen in Support of Invacare's Motion for Preliminary Injunction (4/13/09), # 2 Exhibit A to Supplemental Declaration of Gerold Goertzen, # 3 Exhibit B to Supplemental Declaration of Gerold Goertzen, # 4 Affidavit of Gerold Goertzen in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction (3/6/09), # 5 Declaration of Joseph S. Lewarski in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction (3/6/09), # 6 Declaration of James S. Makiaris in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction (3/6/09), # 7 Declaration of Joseph Lewarski in Support of Motion for Temporary Restraining Order, # 8 Exhibit B -- Summary of Safety and Effectiveness from 2005 510K Filing by Merits Health Products, # 9 Exhibit C -- Advertisement by Merits Health Products in 1/09 HME News, # 10 Exhibit J -- U.S. Patent No. 7,244,107, # 11 Exhibit K -- Preliminary Claim Construction Charts for U.S. Patent No. 5,988,165, # 12 Exhibit R -- CD-ROM catalogue product page, # 13 Exhibit U -- 3/26/09 email, # 14 Exhibit W -- Photographs of Merits' New Compressor System with two port oxygen concentrator provided by Merits' CEO)(Pejic, Nenad) Modified text on 4/14/2009 (B,B). (Entered: 04/13/2009)
04/14/200922  Attorney Appearance of James D. Liles filed by David C. Tryon on behalf of Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc., Merits Holding Company, Inc.. (Tryon, David) Modified text on 4/14/2009 (B,B). (Entered: 04/14/2009)
04/16/2009 Order [non-document]granting Motion for appearance pro hac vice by attorney Joseph A. Bruce for Merits Health Products Co., Ltd., Merits Health Products, Inc. and Merits Holding Company, Inc. (Related Doc # 18 )Judge Donald C. Nugent(R,JM) (Entered: 04/16/2009)
04/22/200923 Minutes of proceedings before Judge Donald C. Nugent of telephonic Status Conference call held. Next telephonic Status Conference set for 4/14/2009 11:00 AM before Judge Donald C. Nugent. (Court Reporter: None.)Time: 45. (R,JM) (Entered: 04/22/2009)
04/22/200924 Minutes of proceedings before Judge Donald C. Nugent of Status Conference held. Plaintiff agreed to dismiss application for temporary restraining order and allow the case to proceed directly to a hearing on their motion for preliminary injunction. The hearing to be held on 5/20/2009 at 08:30 AM at Courtroom 15A before Judge Donald C. Nugent Time: 15 min. (R,JM) (Entered: 04/22/2009)
05/01/200925  Notice of Dismissal Under FRCP 41(a)(1) (i) Without Prejudice filed by Invacare Corporation. (Pejic, Nenad) Modified text on 5/4/2009 (B,B). (Entered: 05/01/2009)