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Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc. v. Chicco USA, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division

April 13, 2018

KOLCRAFT ENTERPRISES, INC., Plaintiff,
v.
CHICCO USA, INC., Defendant. Disputed Term Construction

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          Honorable Edmond E. Chang United States District Judge.

         This case involves a dispute over U.S. patent number 7, 376, 993 (the '993 patent), which claims a variety of methods and apparatuses related to infant play gyms.[1] (A play gym is a device composed of arches from which toys dangle.) The Court previously issued a claim construction opinion interpreting disputed terms in some of the method claims (Claims 28-30). R. 216, First Claim. Const. Op.[2] The parties now ask the Court to interpret one of the apparatus claims, Claim 20. This Opinion sets out the construction.

         I. Background

         The previous opinion explains this case's lengthy procedural history, and the overall invention at issue, so there is no need to recount those details again here. See First Claim Const. Op. at 2-9. The parties currently debate the construction of Claim 20 of the '993 patent. Claim 20 describes an apparatus including a floor mat and a play gym, where the play gym can be connected to the floor mat, and the floor mat can be fastened to either a bassinet or a play yard.[3] It is worth setting forth the full text of Claim 20:

         An apparatus comprising:

a floor mat;
a play gym to suspend an object above the floor mat;
at least one connector to couple the play gym to the floor mat; and
at least one fastener to couple the floor mat to at least one of a play yard and a bassinet,
wherein the at least one connector comprises a plurality of connectors, and the play gym comprises:
a hub; and
at least two legs, each of the legs having a first end coupled to the hub and a second end dimensioned to be removably coupled to a respective one of the connectors,
wherein the at least two legs are pivotably coupled to the hub, wherein the connectors are pivotably ...

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