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United States Patent Office Rejects KCI's Patents
Date:2/19/2009

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Smith & Nephew's Advanced Wound Management division (LSE: SN; NYSE: SNN) announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Patent Office) has rejected as unpatentable three of KCI's negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) patents during re-examination of the patents at Smith & Nephew's request. The Patent Office found that prior art showed that almost all of the re-examined claims are not patentable, including the claims that require foam.

The Patent Office has granted KCI two months to respond to its decision. Smith & Nephew will have the opportunity to reply to KCI's response on one of the patents before the Patent Office issues its final decision.

"A positive final outcome in these re-examinations would clear the legal path for Smith & Nephew to continue providing wound care professionals with options for NPWT," said Robin Carlstein, Senior Vice President of Advanced Wound Devices at Smith & Nephew. "Clearly, we are pleased with the Patent Office's findings in this matter thus far, and look forward to its resolution."

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 Orthopedics, 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 orthopedics 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 profes
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