Healthcare Industry News: AngioDynamics
News Release - October 3, 2007
Diomed Comments on Summary Judgment Rulings in VNUS Patent Infringement LawsuitANDOVER, Mass.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Diomed Holdings, Inc. (AMEX: DIO ), a leading developer and marketer of minimally invasive medical technologies, including its patented EndoVenous Laser Treatment (EVLTŪ) for varicose veins, announced that on October 2, 2007 U.S. District Judge Maxine M. Chesney of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of California, issued an order relating to several motions for summary judgment in the patent infringement lawsuit by VNUS Medical Technologies, Inc. ("VNUS") against Diomed and its co-defendants, AngioDynamics, Inc. and Vascular Solutions, Inc.
The Court expressly deferred its ruling on a motion for summary judgment made by Diomed's and co-defendants that two of the VNUS patents-in-suit, the "tumescent" patents, are invalid over the prior art. The Court ordered VNUS to submit a supplemental brief by October 19, 2007 relating to the defendants' motion.
"We are encouraged that the Judge is closely scrutinizing the validity of the two tumescent patents," stated James A. Wylie, President & CEO of Diomed. "We continue to believe we have a compelling argument for invalidity of these patents."
The Court denied the remaining summary judgment motions made by Diomed, its co-defendants and VNUS, on the grounds that disputed issues of fact required resolution by jury in the upcoming trial. Trial in this case is scheduled to begin on October 29, 2007, and is expected to last approximately three weeks.
Diomed develops and commercializes minimal and micro-invasive medical procedures that use its proprietary laser technologies and disposable products. Diomed's EVLTŪ laser vein ablation procedure is used in varicose vein treatments. Diomed also provides photodynamic therapy (PDT) for use in cancer treatments, and dental and general surgical applications. The EVLTŪ procedure and the Company's related products were cleared by the United States FDA in January of 2002. Along with lasers and single-use procedure kits for its EVLTŪ laser vein treatment, the Company provides its customers with state of the art physician training and practice development support. Additional information is available on the Company's website: www.evlt.com.
EVLTŪ is a registered trademark of Diomed Inc., Andover, MA.
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