KCI Files New Patent Infringement Claims Against Smith & Nephew
SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 11, 2008--Kinetic Concepts, Inc. (NYSE: KCI), announced today that, together with Wake Forest University Health Sciences, it has filed additional patent infringement claims against Smith & Nephew in the ongoing patent lawsuit in Federal District Court in San Antonio, Texas. KCI filed the new infringement claims against Smith & Nephew for the commercialization of a negative pressure wound therapy foam dressing kit. KCI believes the dressing kit infringes several patents in its intellectual property portfolio, including three patents licensed to KCI from Wake Forest. This case is currently set for trial on October 5, 2009.
"Wake Forest and KCI are leading innovators in negative pressure wound therapy, having invested significant time and resources in the development of a wound care therapy that has been used to successfully treat nearly three million patients worldwide," said Catherine M. Burzik, President and Chief Executive Officer of KCI. "Enforcing and protecting our intellectual property rights enables us to continue investing substantial resources in innovation that delivers advanced therapies and products that significantly improve the healing -- and the lives -- of people around the world."
Kinetic Concepts, Inc. is a leading global medical technology company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of innovative, high-technology therapies and products for the wound care, tissue regeneration and therapeutic support system markets. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, KCI's success spans more than three decades and can be traced to a history deeply rooted in innovation and a passion for significantly improving the healing - and the lives - of patients around the world.
KCI's three primary businesses include:
Advanced Wound Care - Includes KCI's proprietary Vacuum Assisted Closure, or V.A.C. Therapy System, which has been clinically demonstrated to promote wound healing through unique mechanisms of action while reducing the overall cost of treating patients with complex wounds.
Regenerative Medicine - Represented by KCI's LifeCell business and includes tissue-based products for use in reconstructive, orthopedic and urogynecologic surgical procedures to repair soft tissue defects.
Therapeutic Support Systems - Includes specialty hospital beds, mattress replacement systems and overlays designed to address pulmonary complications associated with immobility, to reduce skin breakdown and assist caregivers in the safe and dignified handling of patients of size.
The company employs 7,000 people and markets its products in more than 20 countries.
About the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP)
The NPUAP serves as the authoritative voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure ulcer prevention and treatment through public policy, education, and research. Every two years, the NPUAP brings together different disciplines, different cultures and nationalities working toward a universal solution to improve patient outcomes.
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