SAN DIEGO — A camera mouth mount is at the center of a legal
battle between San Diego-based company MyGo LLC and an entrepreneur
who operates the website called Ho Stevie.
In the lawsuit filed by MyGo LLC, the company alleges that Ho
Stevie, which is owned and managed by an individual named Steven
Michael Mara, committed acts of patent infringement against the San
Diego store. According to the plaintiffs, Mara has been marketing the
products under their patent as his own without the knowledge and
authority of MyGo LLC. Because of his actions, the San Diego firm
claims to have incurred losses in their revenue and failed to gain
The lawsuit was filed before the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California on Oct. 10, 2016.
MyGo LLC later on learned that Mara has been marketing virtually
the same item in his Ho Stevie! website.
According to Mara’s page, he claims that prior to his decision
to sell such product, there was no other company or business that
catered to such market. He also disclosed that he discussed the idea
with his colleagues with an engineering background to create the
“After watching so many pro surfers using mouth mount to get
crazy POV shots, I decided to search Google and see if I could buy
one myself,” Mara said in the “About
the Mouth Mount” section of his website.
“Guess what? Nobody was selling them,” he added.
Mara further revealed of his mouth mount discovery.
“As insane as it might sound, the only thing I could find were
YouTube videos and articles explaining how to make your own mouth
mount. And they weren't pretty,” he said. “The pros had been
using these homemade mounts for a year or two at this point. It still
blows my mind why nobody had manufactured a legitimate mouth mount
“I talked to my engineering friends, and began developing the Ho
Stevie mouth mount. And here we are today. I wanted to give surfers,
boogieboarders, and anyone else who wants hands-free POV GoPro
footage, the best product possible.”
Records presented by MyGo LLC showed that the company duly and
lawfully registered as the owners of ‘630 patent, otherwise known
as the “Camera Mouth Mount.” The U.S. Patent Office granted the
certification to the San Diego company on July 5, 2016.
The camera mouth mount is a product designed for GoPro action
cameras. It is used by individuals who aim to record a first-person
view of certain activities. According to MyGo LLC's website, the
camera mouth mount of MyGo LLC is composed of a rubber mouthpiece and
bite support in an attempt to have stable recording of clips or
The item also has a huge air channel to allow users to experience
unobstructed breathing. It has a low-profile lanyard as well.
Prior to the issuance of their patent, according to the complaint,
MyGo LLC had been tagging the said product in their website to have a
“patent pending” status since May 2015.