Healthcare Industry News:  Balloon catheter 

Devices Interventional Cardiology Litigation

 News Release - May 4, 2006

Boston Scientific Sues Conor Medsystems Ireland Ltd.

NATICK, Mass., May 4 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX ) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in Ireland against Conor Medsystems Ireland Ltd. (Nasdaq: CONR ), alleging that the Conor CoStar(TM) Paclitaxel-Eluting Coronary Stent System infringes a Balloon catheter patent owned by Boston Scientific. Boston Scientific is asking for damages and an injunction to prohibit Conor from making, offering, putting on the market or stocking the product in Ireland. The asserted patent is the Irish counterpart of the European patent that Boston Scientific has successfully asserted against Johnson & Johnson in the Netherlands.

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Source: Boston Scientific

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