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US Surgical And Applied Medical Patent Trial Concludes

10/19/2005 5:11:21 PM

NORWALK, Conn., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Tuesday marked the conclusion of a patent trial involving discontinued trocar products by United States Surgical, a market leader and innovator of minimally invasive surgical instruments. Following an earlier February 2002 infringement ruling issued by the court, a jury awarded $43.5 million to Applied Medical Resources Corp., a company based in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. The jury ruled also that the earlier infringement was willful, a finding subject to potential increase in damages by the trial court. The trial court has yet to consider a motion to set aside the jury's verdict on willfulness.

The lawsuit involves the seal system used in some of US Surgical's former Versaport(TM) trocar and access devices. The Versaport(TM) products are no longer on the market and have been replaced by US Surgical's next generation Versaport(TM) Plus products.

"Now that we have this lawsuit involving these discontinued products behind us, we look forward to continuing to serve our customers with our current line of Versaport(tm) Plus trocar products, which are not impacted by this lawsuit," said Alan Panzer, US Surgical's president.

About US Surgical

United States Surgical, a business unit of Tyco Healthcare, offers a complete line of surgical devices and laparoscopic instrumentation for general and specialty procedures. Through advanced technologies and training for surgeons, nurses and allied healthcare personnel, US Surgical has revolutionized surgery. As the innovator, US Surgical developed the first practical stapler 40 years ago and since then has led the way in providing enabling technologies for minimally invasive surgery that improve patient care and offer the best efficiencies for healthcare providers.

Contact: Cynthia M. Holloway United States Surgical 203-845-1966 Shay Studley-Toland Tyco Healthcare 508-261-8190

United States Surgical

CONTACT: Cynthia M. Holloway of United States Surgical, +1-203-845-1966,; or Shay Studley-Toland of TycoHealthcare, +1-508-261-8190,

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