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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE DIVISION SPEARE TOOLS, INC. ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) ) KLEIN TOOLS, INC. ) ) Defendant. ) COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Plaintiff, Speare Tools, Inc., for its Complaint against Klein Tools, Inc., alleges as follows: THE PARTIES 1. Plaintiff Speare Tools, Inc. (“Speare Tools”) is a Wisconsin corporation with its principal place of business located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. 2. Defendant Klein Tools, Inc. (“Klein”) is a Delaware Corporation with its principal place of business in Chicago, Illinois. JURISIDCTION AND VENUE 3. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1331 (federal question), §1332 (a) (diversity of citizenship), and §1338(a) (question related to patents). 4. This Court has specific personal jurisdiction over Klein since it has sold and offered to sale the accused infringing products in this District. Moreover, this Court Case 2:13-cv-00324 Filed 03/20/13 Page 1 of 18 Document 1

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE DIVISION

SPEARE TOOLS, INC. Plaintiff, v.

KLEIN TOOLS, INC. Defendant.

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COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Plaintiff, Speare Tools, Inc., for its Complaint against Klein Tools, Inc., alleges as follows: THE PARTIES 1. Plaintiff Speare Tools, Inc. (Speare Tools) is a Wisconsin corporation

with its principal place of business located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. 2. Defendant Klein Tools, Inc. (Klein) is a Delaware Corporation with its

principal place of business in Chicago, Illinois. JURISIDCTION AND VENUE 3. This Court has subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331

(federal question), 1332 (a) (diversity of citizenship), and 1338(a) (question related to patents). 4. This Court has specific personal jurisdiction over Klein since it has sold

and offered to sale the accused infringing products in this District. Moreover, this Court

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has general personal jurisdiction over Klein since it conducts regular and systematic business in this District. 5. 1400. FACTS GIVING RISE TO PATENT INFRINGEMENT 6. Speare Tools is the owner of United States Patent No. 6,120,220 (the 220 Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391 and

Patent) that covers a tool for cutting holes in drywall and ceiling tiles. A true and correct copy of the 220 Patent is attached hereto as Exhibit A. 7. Speare Tools is owned by William Speare, a resident of Wisconsin. Speare

Tools manufactures and distributes a hole cutting tool covered by the 220 Patent (Adjustable Hole Saw). Speare Tools Adjustable Hole Saw is made in Wisconsin, and is sold in retail outlets such as Lowes, Home Depot, Menards, and various electrical stores. Since 1998, Speare Tools has sold more than 500,000 Adjustable Hole Saws. 8. From 2009 to 2012, Speare Tools manufactured, packaged and shipped

more than 170,000 Adjustable Hole Saws, under private label agreement, to Klein Tools who resold the tools to Home Depot and other electrical stores under the Klein name. An illustration of Speares Adjustable Hole Saw sold to Klein is attached as Exhibit B. 9. In August 2012, Klein stopped purchasing Speares Adjustable Hole Saws,

and, instead, directed the manufacture of an Adjustable Hole Saw made in China. Since 2012, Klein has been purchasing the Chinese-made version. Kleins Chinese-made tool infringes the 220 Patent under 35 U.S.C. 271(a). A true and correct illustration of Kleins infringing product is attached hereto as Exhibit C.Case 2:13-cv-00324 Filed 03/20/13 Page 2 of 18 Document 1

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Speare Tools provided notice to Klein of its direct infringement of the 220

Patent, and despite said notice, Klein has continued to sell its infringing Hole Cutting Tools. 11. Kleins infringement of the 220 Patent has been willful, as it has been

notified of its infringement of the 220 Patent, but continues to infringe the 220 Patent. FACTS GIVING RISE TO TRADE DRESS INFRINGEMENT 12. Speare Tools restates and realleges the allegations contained in paragraphs

1-9 and incorporates them in this paragraph as if fully stated herein. 13. The trade dress of Speares Adjustable Hole Saw and packaging sold to

Klein is illustrated in Exhibit B. 14. Kleins Chinese-made version Adjustable Hole Saw (Exhibit C) infringes

the trade dress of Speares Adjustable Hole Saw since it is confusingly similar to Speares tool and causes a likelihood of confusion in the marketplace between Speares tool and the Kleins knock-off tool. WHEREFORE, Speare Tools requests a trial by jury on all issues so triable, and that judgment be entered in its favor and against Klein Tools as follows: (a) Klein infringes U.S. Patent 6,120,220 under 35 U.S.C. 271; (b) Kleins patent infringement has been willful; (c) Klein infringes Speares trade dress; (d) Kleins trade dress infringement has been willful; (e) Speare Tools be awarded damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284 and 15 U.S.C. 1117; (f) Speare Tools be awarded prejudgment interest;Case 2:13-cv-00324 Filed 03/20/13 Page 3 of 18 Document 1

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(g) Speare Tool be awarded increased damages pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 284; (h) Speare Tools be awarded its attorney fees pursuant to 35 U.S.C. 285 and 17 U.S.C. 117; and (i) any further and just relief the Court deems equitable and appropriate. JURY TRIAL DEMANDED

Dated: March 20, 2013

Respectfully submitted, SPEARE TOOLS, INC. By:/s/ Mark M. Grossman Mark M. Grossman Lee F. Grossman Tina P. Fowler Grossman Law Offices 225 W. Washington St., Suite 2200 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 621-9000

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