If you are slighly out with the date could it have been "Simple Simon"  by Ryne Pearson that became the movie Mercury Rising  ?
My first thought was the novel Taronga by Victor Kelleher. But that probably wasn't it.
According to the website the Weyland corporation had two patents of interest:
1): Weyland FTL Lifeboat: Exclusively designed for FTL craft of a suitable size, this emergency sustaining pod is an embedded safety module comprised of 7 luxury-appointed rooms, complete with independent navigation and piloting controls. Reclaiming decontamination system allows ...