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Appeals Court Rules In Favor Of Applied Medical, Sending 3rd Patent Infringement Case Against Tyco International Ltd. (TYC)/U.S. Surgical Back To Trial Court


5/23/2006 10:51:57 AM

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Applied Medical Resources Corporation announced today that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Applied Medical's favor and vacated the district court's ruling for Tyco International / US Surgical Corporation (USSC) in the third patent infringement case brought by Applied Medical against USSC. All three cases have involved infringement of the same U.S. Patent No. 5,385,553 entitled "Trocar with Floating Septum Seal." The USSC trocar line at issue is the VERSAPORT(TM) PLUS trocars.

This is the fourth time the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in Applied's favor in this series of patent infringement cases against USSC. Notably, in 1998, the Court affirmed $20.5 million and willfulness judgments against USSC. In 2003, the Court affirmed a permanent injunction concerning USSC's second infringement. Earlier this year, the Court denied the appeal by USSC to set aside $64.5 million and willfulness judgments in the second infringement case.

About Applied Medical

Applied Medical, based in Orange County, California, is a global new generation medical device company. Since its founding, Applied Medical has strived to be an example of an innovative and forward-thinking company that can competitively manufacture products domestically, while meeting margins and customers' cost-containment needs. One-hundred percent of Applied Medical's products are manufactured in Orange County. As a result, Applied Medical has created more than 450 new career opportunities in the past 30 months alone, and now is one of the largest medical device employers in Orange County.

Applied Medical's philosophy is to develop new and meaningful technologies and to consistently invest more than 20 percent of its sales revenues in research and development, and as such has secured nearly 600 pending or issued patents. Applied Medical believes that innovation can be applied to improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

For more information

Visit Applied Medical's website at www.appliedmedical.com

Applied Medical Resources Corporation

CONTACT: Mary Jo Stegwell of Applied Medical Resources Corporation,+1-949-713-8000



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