Snap Light LLC has sued Kim Kardashian, though her company Kimsaprincess, Inc., and her collaborator Urban Outfitters, Inc., for patent infringement. As improbable as that sounds, it is illuminating U.S. Patent No. 8,428,644 covers a phone case with a light source for taking improved selfies.
It seems Snap Light’s real complaint is the candle power of Kim Kardashian’s endorsement, rather than the LuMee product that Kim is endorsing. Snap Light’s comparison of the patent with the LuMee device shows at least one significant difference between the claims and the accused device:
The patent claims require an “integrated right of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights,” while the LuMee case has two parallel rows of lights (like a conventional make-up mirror.” Another issue the patent owner may have to address is whether the claim mixes a method step (“provide”) in a apparatus claim.
The complaint seems more focused on Kim Kardashian’s marketing activities than whether the product infringes.