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JURY INVALIDATES ORMCO PATENT FOR BIOMERICA SUBSIDIARY LANCER ORTHODONTICS

 JURY INVALIDATES ORMCO PATENT
 FOR BIOMERICA SUBSIDIARY LANCER ORTHODONTICS
 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The following was released today by Biomerica Inc.:
 Biomerica Inc. (NASDAQ: BMRA) announced in a patent infringement action brought by Ormco Corp. of Glendora, Calif, against Lancer Orthodontics (Lancer) (NASDAQ: LANZ), a jury returned a verdict in favor of Lancer by finding the patent-in-suit invalid. Ormco had filed suit against Lancer for the alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 4,415,330, which relates to orthodontic brackets having a rhomboidal configuration. Lancer denied infringement and asserted that the Ormco patent was invalid.
 After a three-week trial in the Federal District Court in San Diego, the 10-member jury found the Ormco patent to be invalid for failing to disclose the best mode of practicing the invention. As a consequence, Lancer will not have to pay any royalties to Ormco.
 Lancer Orthodontics Inc. designs develops and manufactures orthodontic products which are sold to orthodontists, distributors and private-label customers. Lancer is one of a few publicly traded companies in orthodontic appliances. Biomerica owns a controlling interest in Lancer.
 Biomerica is a biotechnology company engaged in the development, manufacture and marketing of medical diagnostic products related to detection of ulcers, prediction of diabetes, Down Syndrome, heart attacks, allergy, neuromuscular disorders, occult blood and other diseases.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph H. Irani of Biomerica, 714-645-2111/
 (BMRA LANZ) CO: Biomerica Inc.; Lancer Orthodontics Inc.; Ormco Corp. ST: California IN: MTC SU:


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