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Palomar Wins Two European Hair Removal Patent Opposition Hearings
Date:5/14/2009

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: PMTI), a leading researcher and developer of light-based systems for cosmetic treatments, announced today that Palomar won two patent opposition cases held at the European Patent Office on May 6 and 13, 2009. The opposition hearings concerned European Patents Nos. 1 230 900 and 0 806 913, respectively, which correspond to U.S. Patent Nos. 5,595,568 and 5,735,844. This light-based hair removal patent family has already been licensed to ten competitors and is the subject of patent infringement lawsuits against Candela and Syneron in the United States.

A panel of three patent examiners from the European Patent Office upheld the patents as both novel and inventive over prior art raised by competitors.

Patricia Davis, Palomar's General Counsel and a registered patent attorney, commented, "These findings by the European Patent Office support the strength of these European patents as well as emphasize the importance of the entire patent family. The prior art raised by the opponents in Europe includes some of the same prior art being relied upon by Candela Corporation in their re-examination request before the U.S. Patent Office and in their defense to our patent infringement lawsuit in the U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts. We are confident that the U.S. Patent Office will find U.S. Patent Nos. 5,595,568 and 5,735,844 valid and that we will be successful in our patent infringement lawsuits against both Candela and Syneron, Inc."

Ms. Davis continued, "Palomar has received over $80 million in royalties from licensees to this light-based hair removal patent family. Importantly, in the last month, we signed patent license agreements with two new licensees, to bring the current number of licensees to ten."


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