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CONMED: JUDGE FINALIZES PATENT INFRINGEMENT DAMAGE AWARD

 UTICA, N.Y., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In a U.S. District Court ruling in Salt Lake City, Judge Bruce S. Jenkins finalized the amount of the damage award to Megadyne as a result of the recently concluded patent infringement law suit between Megadyne and CONMED. As previously reported by CONMED, the jury found on Oct. 13, 1993, that CONMED had willfully infringed a patent held by Megadyne on specialty coated electrosurgery accessory blades.
 The amount of the award was fixed at $2,092,945.92 plus prejudgment interest and certain court costs. The award represents a royalty to Megadyne for all applicable blades sold through Oct. 13, 1993. In keeping with the Judge's order, CONMED and its subsidiaries have not sold the affected blades since Oct. 13, 1993. The Judge did not award Attorney's fees to Megadyne. Management of CONMED plans to appeal the jury verdict and the damage award.
 Eugene R. Corasanti, chairman of the board and president, said, "We are very disappointed by the Judge's decision and by the entire outcome of the litigation. Based on discussions with our attorneys, we believe that we have a good basis for appeal and are pursuing several legal challenges to these decisions."
 CONMED, headquartered in Utica, N.Y., also has manufacturing facilities in Denver and Haverhill, Mass. CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ: CNMD) develops, manufactures and markets medical products for surgery and critical care use in hospitals and other health facilities in the United States and foreign markets.
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 /CONTACT: Robert D. Shallish of CONMED, 315-797-8375, ext. 2219/
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