Healthcare Industry News: Conor Medsystems
News Release - January 17, 2007
Angiotech wins patent infringement case in the NetherlandsConor Enjoined From Selling The Costar(TM) Stent In The Netherlands
VANCOUVER, Jan. 17 (HSMN NewsFeed) - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), announced today that they received a favorable decision from a Dutch Court in a patent dispute against Conor Medsystems, Inc. ("Conor").
The District Court in The Hague held that Conor's CoStar(TM) paclitaxel stent infringes a key claim of the Dutch version of an important Angiotech European stent patent, and that Conor is therefore immediately enjoined from selling CoStar(TM) in the Netherlands.
"This is a significant victory in a key area of our intellectual property," said Dr. William L. Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech. "Conor's attempt to design around our patented technology has failed. Not only did the Court uphold Angiotech's patent rights in the Netherlands, it also ruled that Conor's stent infringes upon that intellectual property.
"We are pleased that this important European patent has now been enforced twice by the Dutch Court in two separate court actions, and we will continue to vigorously defend our important proprietary technologies in various jurisdictions around the world," added Dr. Hunter.
Angiotech anticipates that there will continue to be additional review and further hearings of the various patent claims in this case, and that there are likely to be appeals with respect to this court decision.
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Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company with 17 facilities in 6 countries and over 1,500 dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more about Angiotech (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at www.angiotech.com.
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