totes Isotoner Corp. v. Panther Vision Corp., No. 09 C 1604, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Jan. 4, 2010) (Pallmeyer, J.).
Judge Pallmeyer construed plaintiffs’ claims for its patent covering headgear equipped with LEDs for illuminating the wearer’s line of sight. Here are some constructions of note:
- The Court rejected both parties’ construction of "array" instead opting for a dictionary definition;
- The Court rejected both parties’ constructions of "contiguous beam" in favor of a dictionary definition "a single, unbroken beam of light."
- The Court held that "connected" and "attached" were interchangeable, but preferred "attached."
- The Court rejected both parties’ constructions of "adjacent" construing it as "closely proximate."