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CONMED CHARGES BIRTCHER WITH PATENT INFRINGEMENT

 UTICA, N.Y., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- CONMED Corporation (NASDAQ: CNMD) today announced that it intends to charge Birtcher Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIRT) with infringement of a patent held by CONMED's subsidiary, Aspen Laboratories, Inc., in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Denver. CONMED has been advised by its attorneys that certain models of Birtcher's electrosurgical generators equipped with pad monitoring systems (including models with argon gas coagulation) infringe on Aspen's patent.
 Eugene Corasanti, chairman and president, said, "We initiated discussions with Birtcher to no avail. We intend to vigorously pursue this matter and have Birtcher stop this infringement. We will be seeking preliminary and permanent injuncture relief, a trebling of the damages for the infringement, litigation expenses and payment of attorney's fees."
 CONMED is a manufacturer of electrosurgery and other medical products used primarily in hospital operating rooms and other critical care areas. The company distributes its products worldwide from manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Utica, N.Y. and Denver.
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 /CONTACT: Robert D. Shallish of CONMED Corporation, 315-797-8375, extension 2219/
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