U.S. District Court
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS (Houston)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 4:19-cv-02448
Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. v. Does 1-118 ("Siemens Lawsuit")
Assigned to: Judge Vanessa D Gilmore
Cause: 17:101 Copyright Infringement
Siemens represented by:
Reed Smith LLP
811 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
Complaint Filed: 7/8/19
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Siemens typically monitors torrent downloads to find persons (ex. engineers), or companies who have using BitTorrent protocals to download their software (ex. NX8) through peer-to-peer file sharing networks. In most cases, they will provide an infringement report that shows what software was downloaded and when it was accessed. These reports should be closely reviewed for accuracy (for example, what if you were not at home or the office the dates you are alleged to have down the downloading)? What happens if the software is not used for commercial purposes? What if you were only "trying it out" to see if it would load on your system, or to see if it would work for you? Might you have a "fair use defense." Steve Vondran, Esq. is an experienced Torrent Defense Attorney and we can help you analyze your case, review the infringement report, and get your case settled confidentially with fair terms of settlement.
Here are the allegations being made in the complaint. Keep in mind, these are only allegations that must be PROVEN in a Court of law, in this instance, in Texas.
PLAINTIFF'S ORIGINAL COMPLAINT FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
Plaintiff Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc., by its attorneys, for and on behalf of its complaint against Defendants Does 1-118: PARTIES
1. Plaintiff Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. (“Siemens PLM” or “Plaintiff”) is a corporation duly organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with its principal place of business in the State of Texas.
2. The true names and capacities of the Defendants Does 1-118 are unknown to Plaintiff at this time. Each Defendant is known to Siemens PLM by an Internet Protocol (“IP”) address assigned to that Defendant by his or her Internet Service Provider (“ISP”) on the date and time at which the infringing activity of each Defendant was observed. Plaintiff believes that information obtained in discovery, including through discovery from the ISP, will lead to the identification of each Defendant's true name. Upon learning of the specific identity of each Defendant, Plaintiff may move to substitute the named parties or amend the Case
Sample ISP Summons notice from AT&T:
Sample letter from ISP regarding Siemens subpoena and information release date. Only challenging the subpoena with a motion to quash or other legal maneuver will prevent them from disclosing your name and number. Once they have this, you can expect a potential asset search, and search of your social media (such as LinkedIn page). From there, settlement negotiations may take place. We have been able to have some cases dismissed. However, no results can be guaranteed as each case and each situation is different.
IP Addresses at issue:
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3. This is a civil action seeking damages and injunctive relief for copyright infringement under the copyright laws of the United States (17 U.S.C. §101, et seq.).
4. This Court has jurisdiction of this action pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §101, et seq.; 28 U.S.C. § 1331 (federal question); and 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a) (copyright).
5. Venue (and personal jurisdiction) in this District is proper under 28 U.S.C. § 1391(b) and/or 28 U.S.C. § 1400(a). Although the true identify of the Defendants is unknown to Plaintiff at this time, on information and belief, the Defendants may be found in this District and/or a substantial part of the acts of infringement complained of herein may have occurred in this District and/or each Defendant, without consent or permission of the copyright owner, Plaintiff, may have purposefully availed themselves of the services of an ISP located in this District to illegally download from the Internet and/or use copyrighted works owned by the Plaintiff. FIRST CAUSE OF ACTION (Infringement of Copyrights Against Does 1-118)
6. Plaintiff incorporates herein by reference each and every allegation contained in each paragraph above.
7. Siemens PLM manufactures and distributes Product Lifecycle Management (“PLM”) software, which allows companies to manage the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively, from ideation, design and manufacture, through service and disposal. PLM software brings together computer-aided design (“CAD”), computer-aided manufacturing (“CAM”), computer-aided engineering (“CAE”), product data management
By providing the application depth and breadth needed to digitally author, validate and manage the detailed product and process data, PLM supports innovation by its customers.
8. NX 8, NX 9, NX 10, NX 11, and NX 12 (collectively “NX”) software are among the PLM software products offered by Plaintiff. NX software offers the industry's broadest suite of integrated, fully associative CAD/CAM/CAE applications. NX touches the full range of development processes in product design, manufacturing and simulation, allowing companies to encourage the use of best practices by capturing and reusing product and process knowledge.
9. Solid Edge software, including Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology (versions 6, 8, and 9), is also among the PLM products offered by Plaintiff. Solid Edge is an industry-leading mechanical design system with exceptional tools for creating and managing 3D digital prototypes. Solid Edge modeling and assembly tools enable Plaintiff's customers' engineering teams to easily develop a full range of products, from single parts to assemblies containing many components. Tailored commands and structured workflows accelerate the design of features common in specific industries and ensure accurate fit and function of parts by designing, analyzing and modifying them within the assembly model. Solid Edge is a unique mainstream mechanical system that merges design management capabilities with the CAD tools that designers frequently use. With superior core modeling and process workflows, a unique focus on the needs of specific industries and fully integrated design management, Solid Edge helps guide projects toward an accurate design solution.
10. Femap software is another PLM product offered by Plaintiff. Femap is an advanced engineering simulation software program that creates finite element analysis models complex engineering products and systems, and displays solution results. Femap can virtually model components, assemblies, or systems and determine the behavioral response for a given operating environment. Using Femap's digital simulation capabilities, one can predict and improve product performance and reliability, reduce time-consuming and costly physical prototyping and testing, evaluate different designs and materials, and optimize designs and reduce material usage.
11. FloTHERM software is a PLM product offered by Plaintiff. FloTHERM is a design development software that allows users to predict the airflow and heat transfer in and around electronic equipment. FloTHERM, which can be closely integrated with mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD) software, allows Plaintiff's customers to keep pace with design changes during product development.
12. Siemens PLM software, including NX, Solid Edge, Femap, and FloTHERM, constitutes and contains Siemens PLM's valuable intellectual property that has been developed over many years through the investment of substantial resources. To protect its rights and interests in its valuable software, including but not limited to its NX, Femap, and Solid Edge software, Siemens PLM obtains and registers copyrights to its works. Siemens is, and at all relevant times has been, the copyright owner under United States copyright law with respect to certain copyrighted software including, but not limited to, the NX software and Solid Edge software (the “Copyrighted Software”). The Copyrighted Software is the subject of valid Copyright Registrations issued by the Register of Copyrights to Plaintiff. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration Number TXu 1-769-323, dated August 8, 2011, which covers the NX 8 software is attached as Exhibit A. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration Number TXu 1-883-621, dated September 25, 2013, which covers the NX 9 software is attached hereto as Exhibit B. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration Number TXu 1-965-012, dated December 9, 2014, which covers the NX 10 software is attached as Exhibit C. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration Number TXu 2-022-251, dated August 9, 2016, which covers the NX 11 software is attached as Exhibit D. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration TXu 2-082-914, dated November 7, 2017, which covers the NX 12 software is attached as Exhibit E. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration Number TXu 1-939-173, dated January 15, 2015, which covers the Femap 11 software is attached as Exhibit F. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for each of Copyright Registration Numbers TXu 1-876-437, TXu 1-987-364, and TXu 2-020-404, each covering Solid Edge software, is attached hereto as Exhibits G-I, respectively. A copy of the Certificate for Registration for Copyright Registration Number TXu 1-939-173, dated February 16, 2017, which covers the FloTHERM software, acquired by Plaintiff in its acquisition of Mentor Graphics Corporation, is attached as Exhibit J. Plaintiff has placed proper notices of copyright pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §401 on the Copyrighted Software.
13. Among the exclusive rights granted to Plaintiff under the Copyright Act are the exclusive rights to reproduce the Copyrighted Software and to distribute the Copyrighted Software to the public.
14. Plaintiff is informed and believes that each Defendant, without permission or consent of Plaintiff, has used, and continues to use, a computer with an Internet connection to download and/or use certain of the Copyrighted Software. In doing so, each Defendant has violated Plaintiff's exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Each Defendant's actions constitute infringement of Plaintiff's copyrights and/or exclusive rights under copyright.
15. Plaintiff is informed and believes that the foregoing acts of infringement have been willful, intentional, and in disregard of and with indifference to the rights of Plaintiff.
16. As a result of each Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's copyrights and exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is entitled to statutory damages pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §§ 502 and 503.
17. As a result of each Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's copyrights and exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is entitled to actual damages according to proof.
18. As a result of each Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's copyrights and exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is entitled to an accounting of each Defendant's use and/or downloading of the Copyrighted Software and an accounting and recovery of revenues and profits obtained by each Defendant by or through such use and/or downloading of such software.
19. As a result of each Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's copyrights and exclusive rights under copyright, including willful and intentional infringement, Plaintiff is also entitled to enhanced damages and recovery of its attorneys' fees and costs.
20. As a result of each Defendant's infringement of Plaintiff's copyrights and exclusive rights under copyright, Plaintiff is also entitled to injunctive relief prohibiting each Defendant from further infringing Plaintiff's copyrights, and ordering that each Defendant destroy all copies of copyrighted software made in violation of Plaintiff's exclusive rights. DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL Plaintiff Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. hereby demands a trial by jury on all triable issues.
Plaintiff prays for judgment against each Defendant as follows:
1. For an injunction providing: “Defendant shall be and hereby is enjoined from directly or indirectly infringing Plaintiff's rights under federal or state law in the Copyrighted Software, whether now in existence or later created, that is owned or controlled by Plaintiff (or any parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of Plaintiff) (“Plaintiff's Software”), including without limitation by using and/or downloading any of Plaintiff's Software, except pursuant to a lawful license or with the express authority of Plaintiff. Each Defendant also shall destroy all copies of Plaintiff's Software that the Defendant has used and/or downloaded onto any computer hard drive or server without Plaintiff's authorization and shall destroy all copies of that downloaded software transferred onto any physical medium or device in Defendant's possession, custody, or control.” \
2. For statutory damages for each infringement of each Copyrighted Software pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §504;
3. For actual damages according to proof;
4. For an accounting of the use and/or download by each Defendant of the Copyrighted Software;
5. For an accounting of any revenues and profits realized by or through each Defendant's use and/or download of the Copyrighted Software;
6. For enhanced damages;
7. For Plaintiff's costs in this action;
8. For Plaintiff's reasonable attorneys' fees incurred herein
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If you are named as a John Doe Defendant in one of these lawsuits, it makes sense to get a free initial consultation to learn more about these cases. IP lawyers for Reed Smith in Houston can be tough to deal with and even if you are you being sued in the wrong jurisdiction (for example, you have never been to Texas, and do not do business there, etc.) and live instead in New York or California, they may tell you that they might dismiss you but then re-file in the proper jurisdiction. They may also seek settlement damages or seek to have your purchase software (or both). Every case is different but you do not want to risk being subject to a "default judgment" by not answering the case. This is for three main reasons:
1. You may be named personally (making this a public event with your name being searchable - not good for future employers)
2. You could be hit with damages and attorney fees (which could be costly, and if you have a job could be enforced by ''garnishing wages."
3. If you are seeking citizenship, VISA or security clearances a software piracy case may also be harmful
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