Federal Circuit Affirms: Hospital Bed Patent Is Invalid As Obvious

(December 3, 2015, 1:38 PM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A patented hospital bed featuring a peer-to-peer communication network is invalid, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Dec. 2 (In re: Hill-Rom Services Inc., No. 15-1305, Fed. Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 20844).

(Decision available. Document #16-151214-005Z.)

In upholding findings by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, the panel of Circuit Judges Kathleen M. O’Malley, S. Jay Plager and William C. Bryson agreed that the invention claimed by Hill-Rom Services Inc. would have been obvious in light of a combination of...
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