Pitt to receive $73.6 million for patent infringements

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The University of Pittsburgh is due $73.6 million for infringements on patents it controls, U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab ordered today.

Pitt sued Varian Medical Systems, of California, in 2008, saying the firm used its intellectual property for its Clinac and Trilogy linear accelerators, which are tools in radiation treatment of cancer.

Through three trials on various questions related to the case, juries found that Varian made gross profits of $941 million since 2002 on the products, and Pitt was due $36.8 million.

Judge Schwab today doubled the damages because Varian knew, or should have known, that it was infringing on Pitt's patents. He also found that Varian must pay Pitt's attorney fees and interest.

Attorneys for Pitt and Varian could not be immediately reached for comment. breaking - businessnews

Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. First Published April 25, 2012 1:00 PM


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