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 News Release - August 28, 2006

AGA Medical Files Suit in Germany Alleging Patent Infringement

MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 28 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- AGA Medical Corporation ("AGA") today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Occlutech GmbH, headquartered in Jena, Germany, and DRABO Medizintechnik, located in Cologne Germany. AGA is the owner of a European patent (EP 0 808 138) validated in Germany (DE 695 34 505) for intravascular occlusion devices and the method of forming or manufacturing these medical devices. The patent issued in October 2005. The action, filed in Dusseldorf, requests damages against Occlutech, DRABO, their CEOs and further requests a permanent injunction prohibiting them from manufacturing and marketing infringing "Figulla Occluder."

"Using all legal methods possible, AGA Medical will vigorously defend against any infringement of our intellectual property anywhere in the world. AGA has made a substantial investment in the development and marketing of our occlusion devices. Our devices lead the market in sales and innovation; we will not tolerate even the most minor violation of our patents," said Franck Gougeon, President and CEO of AGA.

ABOUT AGA MEDICAL: AGA Medical Corporation, based in Golden Valley, Minnesota (just outside Minneapolis) is the leader in developing interventional devices to treat structural heart defects. As a result of the many contributions and creative genius of Dr. Kurt Amplatz, the Company has developed and commercializes a series of devices that have revolutionized the treatment of the most common congenital "holes in the heart" such as atrial septal and Patent foramen ovale defects. Over 500 articles have been published in peer reviewed medical publications that support the benefits of AGA Medical devices including improved patient outcomes, reduced length of stay and accelerated recovery times for the patient, AGA Medical devices have received regulatory approval and are marketed in over 90 countries with over 190,000 devices shipped to date. For more information visit http://www.amplatzer.com


Source: AGA Medical

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