UK Court Of Appeal Rules In Smith & Nephew Inc.'s Favor
7/14/2009 1:53:34 PM
Hull, UK – 14 July, 2009 – Smith & Nephew’s Advanced Wound Management division (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) announced that the UK Court of Appeal has ruled as invalid all claims asserted against Smith and Nephew of the patent EP 0 626 720 that is licensed to Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI). As a result, the preliminary injunction against Smith & Nephew’s RENASYSà-F NPWT system has been lifted.
The Patents Court had ruled on 1 May, 2009 that 7 out of 10 claims asserted were invalid but that the remaining 3 had been infringed by Smith & Nephews RENASYS-F dressing. This decision was appealed and subsequently won by Smith & Nephew with today’s Court ruling.
“This favourable ruling for Smith & Nephew clears a major legal hurdle in the UK allowing us to offer our customers the breadth of NPWT products with proven clinical efficacy,” said Robin Carlstein, Senior Vice President of Advanced Wound Devices at Smith & Nephew. “Clearly, we are pleased with the UK Court of Appeal’s findings in this matter and look forward to servicing our customers with our RENASYSà-F NPWT products in a very important market for the company.”
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Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management. Smith & Nephew is a global leader in arthroscopy and advanced wound management and is one of the leading global orthopaedics companies.
Smith & Nephew is dedicated to helping improve people's lives. The Company prides itself on the strength of its relationships with its surgeons and professional healthcare customers, with whom its name is synonymous with high standards of performance, innovation and trust. The Company operates in 32 countries around the world. Annual sales in 2008 were nearly $3.8 billion.
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