Federal Court Orders Expedited Schedule to Determine Extent of Infringement of Pressure Products’ Patents By Newly Announc

Court Further Orders That Greatbatch May Not Challenge the Validity of Pressure Products’ Patents

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- A Federal District Court in Texas has ordered that Pressure Products may proceed to trial against Greatbatch Medical on an expedited schedule and seek a judgment that Greatbatch’s newly announced OptiSeal Valved Introducer, as well as its FlowGuard and ViaSeal introducers, each infringe Pressure Products’ patents. In addition, the Court denied Greatbatch’s request to challenge the validity of Pressure Products’ patents in light of the fact that the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has already confirmed that the patents are valid. The Court has set the trial date to determine the extent of Greatbatch’s infringement for September 7, 2010.

The September trial is the next phase in Pressure Products’ strategy to protect the intellectual property underlying its innovative SafeSheath® line of peel-away introducers. “We have taken steps to protect the results of our pioneering development and put an end to continued unlawful use of Pressure Products’ innovation,” said Dr. Paul Kurth, President of Pressure Products.

Pressure Products intends to seek an injunction barring the manufacture and distribution of Greatbatch’s OptiSeal, ViaSeal and FlowGuard products. Prior to the announcement of the OptiSeal, Pressure Products successfully obtained a permanent injunction against the FlowGuard and ViaSeal. Now, the same Federal Court that issued the earlier injunction will oversee the September trial now including the OptiSeal.

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