Hill-Rom Accuses General Electric Of Using Patent

Posted On May 12, 2014

hill-rom-logo-01242014(Batesville, Ind.) – Batesville-based Hill-Rom is suing General Electric over an alleged patent infringement.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Hill-Rom filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Virginia, claiming GE violated three patents. Among the three inventors of the patented system are Dennis Gallant, of Harrison, and Timothy Wildman, of Metamora.

Hill-Rom claims GE is selling a system that was created by the hospital equipment manufacturer 15 years ago that monitors employees in contaminated areas and verifies that they have washed their hands. GE calls its version of the system Agile Trac.

The lawsuit claims Hill-Rom has suffered “substantial injury, including irreparable harm an
d damages including the loss of sales and profits.”

The complaint by Hill-Rom asks for a jury trial, an order to block GE’s use of the patent, and unspecified cash compensation.


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