NDCA Jury Awards $46M For Infringement of Laser Treatment Patents


A jury in the Northern District of California awarded nearly $46M in damages to Covidien subsidiary VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc., finding Total Vein Solutions liable for $36.5M and Biolitec AG liable for $9.3M. VNUS sued for infringement of five patents directed to methods for treating varicose veins with lasers. The suit related to TVS's sales of laser fibers, laser consoles, introducer kits, and procedure packs. This lawsuit as well as other cases involving laser method patents have caused a stir among doctors, who claim that the patent assertions and infringement lawsuits have significantly increased the cost for laser and other medical treatments.