On May 05, 2016 , the USPTO issued U.S. Patent Number 9022492 to SPACELABS HEALTHCARE LLC., which was successfully prosecuted by Novel IP.
The '492 patent is directed towards and anesthesia workstation that includes a sliding track system attached to the front of the anesthesia workstation for the mounting of one or more displays. The displays are horizontally slidable along the front of the anesthesia workstation along the sliding track. In addition, the sliding track system includes pivot points which enable outward pivoting of the displays up to 90 degrees. Sliding and pivoting of the displays is possible both independently and simultaneously. The sliding track system allows the anesthetist to slide and pivot the displays across the front of the workstation along the length of the track to the most preferable viewing position. Additional storage space is positioned within the anesthesia workstation behind the displays and becomes exposed and accessible when the displays are manipulated via the sliding track system.
Independent Claim 1 describes "The anesthesia workstation comprising: a lower portion and an upper portion, wherein said upper portion comprises a front face, wherein a front cover is fixedly attached to said front face, wherein said front cover comprises a left side and a right side, and wherein said left side comprises at least one mounting hole and said right side comprises a recessed storage area; a first display; a second display; and a sliding track mounting system, comprising: a display enclosure assembly comprising a left display enclosure for housing said first display, a right display enclosure for housing said second display, and a center pivoting mechanism positioned between the left display enclosure and right display enclosure, said center pivoting mechanism comprising a first hinge and a second hinge, each rotatable about a central vertical axis, and at least one slider carriage, wherein said center pivoting mechanism is adapted to position a side of said left display enclosure flush against a side of said right display enclosure and to permit both said left and right display enclosures to pivot relative to each other and wherein the first hinge attaches to the left display enclosure and the second hinge attaches to the right display enclosure; at least one horizontal sliding rail; a frame assembly; and at least one stopper block; wherein said at least one horizontal sliding rail attaches to said at least one mounting hole in said front cover such that a left end of at least one horizontal sliding rail abuts an inside edge of said front cover and a right end of at least one horizontal sliding rail is free of obstruction; wherein said at least one slider carriage is adapted to slidably attach onto said at least one horizontal sliding rail from said unobstructed right end; wherein said at least one stopper block is attached to said front cover proximate said unobstructed right end of said at least one sliding rail such that said frame assembly with attached display enclosure assembly is unable to slide off to the right of said at least one horizontal sliding rail; and wherein said display enclosure assembly is horizontally slidable from a first position to a second position and wherein, when the left display and right display enclosure are positioned within the same plane, the display enclosure assembly is parallel to, and flush against, the front face of the anesthesia workstation".