Healthcare Industry News: Diomed
News Release - March 28, 2007
AngioDynamics to Appeal Patent Infringement VerdictQUEENSBURY, N.Y.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--AngioDynamics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANGO ) announced it will act to set aside, and if necessary, will appeal the jury verdict returned in favor of Diomed, Inc. in a trial for patent infringement brought in the Federal District Court in Boston, Massachusetts. The jury found infringement was not willful.
Today's jury verdict arises from a lawsuit filed by Diomed in January 2004, asserting infringement of U.S. patent No. 6,398,777 by AngioDynamics' VenaCure® product line, a laser system used for the treatment of severe varicose veins. In conjunction with the verdict, Diomed was awarded compensatory monetary damages in the amount of $8.36 million.
"AngioDynamics strongly disagrees with the verdict reached by the jury today and we will immediately ask the court to overturn it and, if necessary, appeal the decision," said Eamonn P. Hobbs, AngioDynamics' chief executive officer. "We firmly believe our VenaCure procedure falls outside the scope of the Diomed patent, and are confident this will be established through the court's review of the verdict or the appeal process."
AngioDynamics will be filing its motion to overturn the verdict within 10 days, and, if denied, an appeal will be promptly filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
AngioDynamics noted that, regardless of the final outcome of the lawsuit, the Company anticipates that it will be fully indemnified pursuant to the terms of the Company's supply and distribution agreement with its laser system sub-supplier.
AngioDynamics, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative medical devices used by interventional radiologists, surgeons, and other physicians for the minimally invasive treatment of cancer and peripheral vascular disease. The Company's diverse product line includes market-leading radiofrequency ablation systems, vascular access products, angiographic products and accessories, dialysis products, angioplasty products, drainage products, thrombolytic products, embolization products and venous products. More information is available at www.angiodynamics.com.
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