Health Tech Co. Wins $12M Verdict Against UnitedHealth Unit

By Michael Lipkin (April 6, 2015, 7:16 PM EDT) -- A California federal jury on Friday awarded Cave Consulting Group more than $12.3 million for a UnitedHealth Group Inc. unit's infringement of a patent for measuring doctor efficiency and patient health risk categorization, and rejected counterclaims that Cave software infringed a UnitedHealth patent.

The jury declined to find that either of the contested patents were invalid, but said OptumInsight Inc.'s Impact Intelligence product infringed two claims of Cave's patent. Optum, formerly known as Ingenix Inc., is the software and information products arm of UnitedHealth.

Cave's January 2011 suit alleged that its doctor efficiency measurement method was protected by the patent and...

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