What I like about Nuvasive... they are developing and patenting technology and then licensing it. In this case, they patented a METHOD, and licensed it: (keyword non-exclusive)
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NuVasive, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing products for minimally disruptive surgical treatments for the spine, announced today the license of its "insert and rotate" method technology to Theken Spine, LLC.
Under the agreement, Theken Spine was granted a non-exclusive license to use NuVasive's patented "insert and rotate" method of US Patent No. 6,290,724 in exchange for royalty payments to be made to NuVasive. The patented "insert and rotate" method is a means of inserting a device between adjacent vertebrae and then rotating the device for the purpose of separating and stabilizing those vertebrae.
Commenting on the patent license agreement, Alexis V. Lukianov, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We view this license arrangement as a solid validation of our unique and growing Intellectual Property platform. We commend Theken Spine for their cooperation in working to conclude this agreement."