NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia Beach company has been awarded nearly $35 million in a patent dispute over technology it owns.
A federal court jury on Tuesday awarded the money to LifeNet Health following a 10-day trial with a rival company accused of using technology for soft tissue grafts and bone preservation.
The Virginian-Pilot reports that the U.S. District Court jury in Norfolk rejected defenses by New Jersey-based LifeCell Corp. that LifeNet’s patent was invalid or had already existed.
According to LifeNet, three company scientists developed a method to preserve bone and tissue. LifeNet said it was awarded the patent in 2003 and began marketing products based on the technology in 2007.
LifeCell began marketing a similar preservation product beginning in 2009.