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MEGADYNE MEDICAL PRODUCTS' PATENT UPHELD; ASPEN/CONMED ENJOINED

 SANDY, Utah, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- MegaDyne Medical Products of Sandy, has obtained a $2.1 million judgment and permanent injunction against Aspen Laboratories of Denver and ConMed Corp. of Utica, N.Y. (NASDAQ: CNMD). United States District Court Judge Bruce S. Jenkins entered the judgment on Friday, Oct. 29, based upon the unanimous finding of a 12-member jury that MegaDyne's patent on disposable surgical electrodes was valid and that Aspen/ConMed had willfully infringed the patent.
 Dr. G. Marsden Blanch, an ear, nose and throat surgeon in Salt Lake City, invented the product, which is a surgical blade coated with a non- stick coating. The invention eliminates the problem of tissue build-up on the blade during surgery. Before the invention, surgeons were required to scrape or sand tissue from the blade, causing expensive downtime during surgery. Blanch co-founded MegaDyne in 1985 to manufacture and sell the non-stick blade and other products. The surgical community quickly embraced the non-stick blade, and the company has grown to a multimillion dollar business.
 Aspen/ConMed argued that it bought the rights to make a non-stick coated blade when it purchased the assets of the now-defunct Trident Surgical Corp. in 1983. However, the Trident blade was coated with a different substance and did not have the non-stick feature that is covered by the MegaDyne patent.
 The jury awarded damages of $1,092,472.96. Judge Jenkins doubled the damaged award based upon the jury's finding that Aspen/ConMed's infringement was willful. The court also issued a permanent injunction prohibiting any further sales of the Aspen/ConMed product. Both Aspen's original non-stick blade with gray-colored coating and its newer blade with a brown-colored coating were found to infringe and can no longer be sold.
 MegaDyne President Gary R. Kohl and Rodney R. Parker of Snow, Christensen & Martineau, legal counsel for MegaDyne, agree that this judgment is a decisive victory. "This should be the last chapter in the enforcement of the MegaDyne patent," said Parker. "This verdict sends a clear warning to other companies who might consider marketing a non- stick coated blade covered by the MegaDyne patent."
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