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U.S. Court of Appeals Rules That Smith & Nephew Does Not Infringe KCI Patents
Date:2/2/2009

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's Advanced Wound Management division (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) today announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a trial court judgment that the gauze-based Versatile 1 negative pressure wound therapy system marketed by Blue Sky does not infringe KCI's patents. Smith & Nephew acquired Blue Sky in May 2007.

"Smith & Nephew welcomes the appeals court decision today that our Versatile 1 negative pressure wound therapy system does not infringe KCI's patents," said Robin Carlstein, Senior Vice President of Advanced Wound Devices at Smith & Nephew. "Today's decision affirmed our long-held belief that our gauze-based systems are a legitimate offering in the broader NPWT market. Smith & Nephew will continue operating in this important space. Most importantly, we remain dedicated to using innovative technologies to improve patients' live."

For more information regarding Smith & Nephew, please visit our Web site at www.smith-nephew.com.

About Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business, specializing in Orthopaedics, including Reconstruction, Trauma and Clinical Therapies; Endoscopy and Advanced Wound Management. 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
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