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U.S. COURT OF APPEALS REVERSES IN PART AND AFFIRMS IN PART THE DISTRICT COURT DECISION IN THE PATENT LITIGATION AGAINST AMERICAN CYANAMID

 BELTSVILLE, Md., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- North American Vaccine (AMEX: NVX) announced today that a three judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed in part and affirmed in part the decision of the U.S. District Court in the patent infringement action brought against American Cyanamid Company (NYSE: ACY). The U.S. Court of Appeals panel reversed the finds of the District Court of invalidity and held that the patent claims asserted by the company are valid. The U.S. Court of Appeals panel further held that the sale of the vaccine produce HibTITER by American Cyanamid does not infringe the patent.
 Dr. Sharon Mates, president of North American Vaccine, stated: "We are obviously pleased with the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals panel finding that the patent is valid. Significantly, this decision confirms the validity of this patent in the field of polysaccharide conjugate vaccines. We believe that this is valuable technology which will assist North American Vaccine in achieving its goal of becoming a leader in the development and production of conjugate vaccines for the prevention of meningitis and other bacterial diseases. However, we are disappointed that the U.S. Court of Appeals panel upheld the District Court findings on non-infringement."
 North American Vaccine, Inc., both directly and through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research, development and production of vaccines for the prevention of human infectious diseases.
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 /CONTACT: Sharon Mates, Ph.D., president, North American Vaccine, Inc., 301-470-6100/
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