'Datalink' Includes Wireless Tech, Hill-Rom Tells Fed. Circ.
By Brian Mahoney
Law360, Washington (January 6, 2014, 3:09 PM ET) -- The Federal Circuit on Monday grappled with whether a lower court erred in excluding wireless technology from its construction of the term “datalink” in a patent suit brought by Hill-Rom Services Inc. accusing rival Stryker Corp. of infringing a 1997 hospital bed patent.
In its appeal of a district judge’s dismissal of a patent infringement suit against Stryker, Hill-Rom claims the lower court erroneously construed the term “datalink” to require the use of a physical linking device, such as that used in Hill-Rom’s 1990s-era beds, and...