Resolution of Lentek IP dispute
-->American Biophysics Corp. recently won an intellectual-property dispute with defunct Lentek International Inc. of Orlando, gaining control of Lentek's propane-powered mosquito traps.
Rhode Island-based American Biophysics and the International Trade Commission launched a patent-violation investigation into Lentek mosquito traps in 2003 while Lentek was in bankruptcy proceedings.
Last spring, the Rhode Island company entered a damage claim in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Orlando alleging that Lentek violated its patents. Last month, as the result of a settlement, the bankruptcy court ordered the transfer of Lentek's patents, patent applications, trademarks, trademark registrations and trademark applications related to carbon-generating insect traps to American Biophysics.
The court also gave American Biophysics Lentek's inventory of mosquito traps. The 2,400 units were destroyed.
Lentek was liquidated in June. American Biophysics develops technology to thwart biting insects.<--