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US District Court Enters Final Judgment in Favor of Smith & Nephew; Permanent Injunction Prohibits Arthrex Inc. From Selling Infringing Medical Devices

panies that violate our rights."

Editors note:

The disputed patent covers use of Smith & Nephew's BIORAPTOR(TM), TAG(TM) WEDGE, and TAG ROD suture anchors, which are designed to help repair instability in the shoulder as well as other soft tissue tears. The Arthrex products that were found to infringe these patents are: Bio-SutureTak, PEEK SutureTak, and Bio-PushLock and PEEK PushLock suture anchors which are used in various soft tissue repair surgeries, including shoulder repair surgery.

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Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specialising in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Trauma and Clinical Therapies, Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management products. 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 2007 were nearly $3.4 billion.

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