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Interesting Quotes from Honeywell's Complaint
- Paragraph 3:
"Upon information and belief, Nest Labs was founded by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, and is backed by significant investment from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Google Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Intertrust, Shasta Ventures and Generation Investment Management."
- Paragraph 11:
"Honeywell commercialized the first adjustable thermostat that allowed people to sleep through the night without having to manually turn their furnaces on and off to maintain a comfortable temperature."
- Paragraph 11:
"Honeywell’s iconic “round” thermostat is featured in the Smithsonian."
- Paragraph 43:
"Media coverage of the Nest Thermostat includes pictures taken at Nest Labs that show that Nest Labs examined numerous Honeywell thermostats. See http://allthingsd.com/20111129/from-ipods-to-thermostats-nest-ceo-and-founder-tony-fadell-speaks-video/img_0513/. Indeed, each of the thermostats circled in red appears to be a different Honeywell thermostat model –ranging from Honeywell’s digital round thermostats, model numbers T8775C 1005 and T8775A 1009, to Honeywell’s Prestige® thermostats that embody and are marked with the ‘504 Patent."
- Paragraph 44:
"The Nest Thermostat also includes a notice that it is subject to Patents Pending."
- Paragraph G:
"To declare this case to be “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 and to award Honeywell its attorneys’ fees, expenses, and costs incurred in this action[.]"
Docket & History
- Complaint Exhibit 1
- Complaint Exhibit 2
- Complaint Exhibit 3
- Complaint Exhibit 4
- Complaint Exhibit 5
- Complaint Exhibit 6
- Complaint Exhibit 7
- Complaint Exhibit 8
Honeywell v. Nest: Court & Judge Information
Court Case Number: 0:12-cv-00299-SRN-JSM
File Date: Monday, February 06, 2012
Plaintiff: Honeywell International, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Andrew F. Johnson, Kenneth A. Liebman, Joel D. Sayres, Nina Y. Wang, Randall E. Kahnke of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Defendant: Nest Labs, Inc. and Best Buy Co., Inc.
Court: Minnesota District Court
Judge: Judge Susan Richard Nelson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron