Hill-Rom Services, Inc. v. Stryker Corp., No. 13-1450 (Fed. Cir. 2014)Annotate this Case
The patents, which claim priority to the same parent application, are directed to systems and methods for enabling hospital staff to remotely monitor the status of hospital beds and disclose hospital beds equipped with sensors that monitor bed parameters, such as the patient’s presence in the bed and the bed height. The systems send data about the status of a hospital bed to a remote location for monitoring. Hill-Rom sued Stryker alleging infringement of various claims. The parties stipulated to non-infringement based on the court’s construction of the claim terms “datalink,” “interface board including a processor,” “message validation information,” and “bed condition message.” The Federal Circuit reversed and remanded, based on erroneous construction of the terms.