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Angiotech reaches agreement with Johnson & Johnson to settle outstanding patent litigation
Date:9/17/2007

VANCOUVER, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANPI, TSX: ANP), announced today that it reached a favourable agreement with Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary, Conor Medsystems ("Conor") to settle all outstanding patent litigation with respect to Conor's CoStar(R) paclitaxel stent.

"With this agreement now in place, Angiotech expects that the resources required to defend and enforce our intellectual property should decrease," said Dr. William Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech.

At the time of the settlement, there was ongoing litigation in three jurisdictions: the UK, the Netherlands and Australia.

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