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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
Plaintiff, Case No.
IDLE FREE SYSTEMS, INC. Jury Trial Demanded
Plaintiff Bergstrom, Inc. files this Complaint for patent infringement against the
Defendant, Idle Free Systems, Inc., and alleges as follows:
1. Plaintiff Bergstrom, Inc. (“Bergstrom”) is an Illinois corporation with its principal
place of business located at 2390 Blackhawk Road, P.O. Box 6007, Rockford, IL 61125.
2. Upon information and belief, Defendant Idle Free Systems, Inc. (“Idle Free”) is a
Wisconsin corporation with its principal place of business at 7633 Ganser Way, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53719.
Jurisdiction and Venue
3. This is an action for patent infringement founded upon the patent laws of the
United States, 35 U.S.C § 100 et seq.
4. Subject matter jurisdiction is based on 28 U.S.C. § 1338(a).
5. Venue is based on 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391 and 1400(b).
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6. This Court has personal jurisdiction over Idle Free because, upon information and
belief, Defendant Idle Free regularly transacts business in the State of Illinois and in this judicial
district by, among other things, the sale, offer for sale, and advertisement of battery-based
climate control systems that are primarily used in the cab of trucks. Idle Free’s battery-based
climate control systems, including those mentioned in the paragraphs that follow, are available
for purchase and installation at a number of different authorized dealers in this judicial district.
At a minimum, Idle Free has placed its battery-based climate control systems in the stream of
Illinois’ commerce and purposefully availed its self of the benefits resources of Illinois.
7. On September 22, 2009, United States Patent No. 7,591,303 (“the ’303 patent”)
was duly and properly issued to Terry Zeigler and Eric Elias, for an invention entitled “Vehicle
air conditioning and heating method providing engine on and engine off operation.”
8. Bergstrom is the owner by assignment of all right, title, and interest in and to the
’303 patent, including the right to sue for past damages.
9. A true and correct copy of the ’303 patent is attached as Exhibit A.
Infringement of the ’303 Patent
10. Plaintiff incorporates and realleges as if fully set forth herein each and every
allegation contained in paragraphs 1-11.
11. Bergstrom designs, manufactures, and sells heating and air conditioning systems
that are primarily used in the cab of trucks that incorporate one or more limitations and/or
elements described and claimed in the ’303 patent.
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12. Bergstrom has complied with the notice and marking requirements of 35 U.S.C.
§ 287 for the ‘303 patent.
13. Upon information and belief, Idle Free has infringed and continues to infringe at
least Claim 17 of the ’303 patent by its manufacture, use, offer for sale, and/or sale of certain
climate control systems, including the “battery-based Idle Free electric APU” and variants
14. The acts of Idle Free complained of herein constitute infringement of the ’303
patent in violation of 35 U.S.C. § 271.
15. As a direct and proximate result of Idle Free’s infringement of the ’303 patent,
Bergstrom has suffered injury and damage, and Bergstrom is entitled to recover from Idle Free
damages sustained by Bergstrom, which continue to accrue in an amount to be determined at
16. As a further result of Idle Free’s infringement of the ’303 patent, Bergstrom has
suffered and continue to suffer irreparable injury, for which there is no adequate remedy at law,
unless Idle Free is enjoined by this Court.
Jury Trial Demand
Plaintiffs demand a trial by jury on all matters and issues triable by a jury.
PRAYER FOR RELIEF
WHEREFORE, Plaintiff prays that this Court enter judgment in its favor and against
Idle Free as follows:
A. Enter judgment that Idle Free has infringed the ’303 patent under 35 U.S.C.
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B. Award damages, which shall be no less than a reasonable royalty, to Plaintiff
under 35 U.S.C. § 284, along with interest and costs for Idle Free’s infringement
of the ’303 patent;
C. Enter a permanent injunction under 35 U.S.C. § 283 to enjoin Idle Free, its
officers, partners, employees, agents, parents, subsidiaries, attorneys, and
anyone acting or participating with them, from manufacturing, making,
selling, offering for sale, importing, or using a product that infringes the ’303
D. Find that this case is an exceptional case under 35 U.S.C. § 285, and award
Plaintiff its attorneys fees; and
E. Award to Plaintiffs such other and further relief as the Court may deem just
Dated: July 5, 2012 MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS LLP
By: /s/ Jason C. White
Jason C. White
Scott D. Sherwin
77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60601-5094
Attorneys for Plaintiff Bergstrom, Inc.