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 News Release - September 2, 2008

MAQUET Cardiovascular Responds to Terumo Complaint About VASOVIEW Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting Systems

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 2 (HSMN NewsFeed) -- MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC announced today that it was served with a complaint filed by Terumo Cardiovascular Systems Corp. (Terumo CSC) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges that MAQUET's VASOVIEW Endoscopic Vessel Harvesting Systems infringe a certain U.S. patent.

In April 2008, MAQUET filed patent infringement complaints against Terumo CSC and Terumo Corporation with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that Terumo's VirtuoSaph(TM) endoscopic vessel harvesting system infringes two MAQUET U.S. patents. The ITC case seeks to exclude the infringing products from importation into the United States and the district court case seeks monetary damages and an injunction. The complaint filed by Terumo will not affect the actions filed by MAQUET.

MAQUET will continue to protect and enforce its intellectual property rights, and will aggressively defend the law suit filed by Terumo.

About MAQUET Cardiovascular

MAQUET Cardiovascular LLC is a division within the Medical Systems business, part of the publicly listed Swedish group of companies Getinge AB. MAQUET Cardiovascular was formed by combining MAQUET Cardiopulmonary with Boston Scientific's Vascular Surgery and Cardiac Surgery divisions, which included the products and services of Guidant Cardiac Surgery. The creation of this new organization enables MAQUET to offer a comprehensive array of patient care solutions for less-invasive endoscopic vessel harvesting, off- and on- pump coronary artery bypass surgery, and vascular grafts.

MAQUET has 170 years of healthcare experience, and is committed to becoming "The Gold Standard" for therapeutic medical equipment across the globe. As a market leader, MAQUET offers innovative medical solutions from three divisions: Surgical Workplaces, Critical Care, and Cardiovascular.

MAQUET Medical Systems is headquartered in Rastatt, Germany and employs 4,100 employees, has more than 30 international sales and service subsidiaries, and a network of over 200 dealer distributors worldwide. For more information, please visit www.maquet.com and www.Getinge.com.


Source: MAQUET Cardiovascular

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