Monthly Archives: July 2018

GOPRO, INC. v. CONTOUR IP HOLDING LLC, decided July 27, 2018, Prior Art Holding

U.S. Patent Nos. 8,890,954 and 8,896,694 are directed to action sport video cameras for remote control and viewing.   The patents share a same specification and claim priority to a provisional application filed September 13, 2010, making the one year critical date September 13, 2009 (page 3).   The GoPro 2009 catalog was displayed and distributed at […]

TRS. OF BOSTON UNIV. v. EVERLIGHT ELECS. CO., decided July 25, 2018

U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738, directed to LED creation with monocrystalline GaN films.  Claim interpretation of “non-single crystalline buffer layer” is poly, amorphous, or both layer, not a monocrystalline layer (pages 5-6).  A growth layer is “grown on” the buffer layer directly or indirectly, allowing for various combinations including growing a monocrystalline layer directly on an […]


U.S. Patent No. 7,086,747, directed to energy efficient lighting retrofit.  In one embodiment, a housing with an attachment surface and opposite illumination surface is sized to be installed to an existing ballast cover (page 3). The claim recites “a fastening mechanism for securing the attachment surface of the lighting apparatus to the illumination surface” (pages […]

INTERVAL LICENSING LLC v. AOL, INC., decided July 20, 2018

U.S. Patent No. 6,788,314, directed to presentation of extra information in an unused portion of a display screen.  The claim recited accessing, scheduling, and displaying information are conventional and do not define how the display is segregated (page 3).  The claim limitations are directed to enabling acquisition of content and control over when to display […]