A federal appeals court threw out an $11.8 million New Jersey jury verdict for misappropriation of the idea for a device used to apply flea repellent to dogs and cats.

The jury’s award was based on a disgorgement of profits from the defendant’s sales of its look-alike product from March 2012 until May 2018, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Wednesday that the plaintiff was only entitled to damages for a much shorter period.