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Haemonetics Files a New Legal Action to Stop Fenwal Inc.'s Continued Patent Infringement

BRAINTREE, Mass., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Haemonetics Corporation (NYSE: HAE) announced today that it has filed a new legal action to stop Fenwal Inc.'s continued patent infringement resulting from Fenwal's just released red cell collection kits, using a modified separation chamber. Fenwal allegedly modified its separation chamber to circumvent Haemonetics' patent and the injunction entered by the Court prohibiting Fenwal's continued sale of infringing products after December 1, 2010. According to statements made by Fenwal's counsel today in the United States District Court, Fenwal is determined to proceed with commercialization without 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

On December 7, 2009 Fenwal announced that it began shipping a red cell collection kit with a modified separation chamber, and that it is discontinuing sales of its original kit. Ten months ago, on January 31, 2009, a federal jury had determined that Fenwal's original collection kit infringes a Haemonetics patent, and found Fenwal liable to Haemonetics for over $15 million in damages. The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts later added millions of dollars in pre-judgment interest and ordered the product removed from the market by December 1, 2010. The District Court also ordered that between January 31, 2009 and December 1, 2010, Fenwal must pay Haemonetics a 10% royalty on the offending product's sales. The damages have not been paid, and the royalties are being escrowed pending decision on Fenwal's appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A decision by the appellate court is not expected before late 2010 at the earliest.

Haemonetics filed a new lawsuit against Fenwal on account of the modified collection kit, requesting another jury trial that seeks multiple damages for willful infringement, and a permanent injunction. The new matter has been assigned to the same federal judge who issued the permanent injunction on Fenwal's original red cell kit.

Brian Concannon, Haemonetics' President and CEO said, "We commit to supporting blood collectors who wish to assure an orderly transition away from infringing product well in advance of the December 2010 injunction. It is our genuine desire to protect customers from involvement in this commercial dispute between competitors. As we continue to make multi million dollar investments to bring new technologies and blood management offerings to the blood community, we are likewise committed to protect our intellectual property, which is the foundation of the business we've built."

Haemonetics (NYSE: HAE) is a global healthcare company dedicated to providing innovative blood management solutions for our customers. Together, our devices and consumables, information technology platforms, and consulting services deliver a suite of business solutions to help our customers improve clinical outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare for blood collectors, hospitals, and patients around the world. Our technologies address important medical markets: blood and plasma component collection, the surgical suite, and hospital transfusion services. To learn more about Haemonetics, visit our web site at .

    Julie Fallon
    Tel. (781) 356-9517
    Alternate Tel. (617) 320-2401

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