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Smith & Nephew Advanced Wound Management Comments on Temporary Injunction in United Kingdom
Date:1/14/2009

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's Advanced Wound Management division (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) announced that on Tuesday, the Specialist Patents Court in the High Court of Justice of England and Wales granted Kinetic Concepts, Inc (NYSE: KCI) a temporary injunction prohibiting Smith & Nephew from commercializing foam dressing kits for negative pressure wound therapy in the United Kingdom. The temporary injunction will remain in place until the court can rule on the patent infringement action that KCI filed in the United Kingdom against Smith & Nephew in December 2008. An early trial date has been ordered for the next available court date after March 23, 2009 to be confirmed by the Court.

Smith & Nephew and KCI have been engaged in litigation in the US in connection with KCI's intellectual property rights. As part of the legal process related to the US actions Smith & Nephew has filed details of prior art with the US patent authorities. Smith & Nephew takes all intellectual property rights seriously and takes such issues carefully into account before any new product launches.

Robin Carlstein, Senior Vice President of Advanced Wound Devices at Smith & Nephew comments that, "We are confident of our position in this lawsuit and look forward to presenting our submissions and evidence to the court. The present decision by the UK court does not apply to the United States or any markets outside of the United Kingdom. These recent developments have no impact on our ability to sell foam dressing kits in the United States, and will not impact any current or pending litigation between the companies in the US. We are committed to providing a strong and diverse product portfolio with which th
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