Sutura, Inc.
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Sutura, Inc.

December 21, 2006 17:36 ET

Sutura Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Abbott Laboratories and Perclose

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 21, 2006) - Sutura, Inc. ("Sutura") (OTCBB:SUTU), a California-based medical device company, announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories and its Perclose unit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. In its Complaint filed December 21, 2006, Sutura asserts that Abbott and Perclose have been infringing on Sutura's patents for vascular and cardiovascular suturing.

The Sutura SuperStitch vascular suturing device is a suture based device and is covered by numerous patents dating back to 1999. "We believe that Abbott and Perclose have gained well over $500 million in Closer related revenue at our expense," said David Teckman, President and CEO of Sutura. "We believe the Closer line of devices has directly hindered the sales growth of the SuperStitch products offered by Sutura."

In its case against Abbott and its Perclose Unit, Sutura is seeking unspecified damages, and a Court ordered injunction barring Abbott and Perclose from making, using, importing, selling, or offering for sale any device that infringes Sutura's patented SuperStitch technology. Sutura intends to aggressively protect and enforce its IP.

Teckman added, "Sutura on December 13, 2006 concluded an additional round of financing with Whitebox Advisers, a $1.8 billion hedgefund in Minneapolis which has been a major investor in Sutura since 2003."

About Sutura, Inc.

Sutura®, Inc. (www.suturaus.com) is a medical device company that has developed a line of innovative, minimally invasive, vascular suturing devices to suture the puncture created in arteries during open surgery and catheter-based procedures. The Company's line of SuperStitch medical devices provide sutured closure of the arteriotomy site utilizing the existing catheter sheath introducer or cannula during fluoroscopically guided procedures and directly through the open arteriotomy during open surgical procedures.
Within the United States the 8F & 6F SuperStitch devices are available for use in performing vascular stitching in general surgery, including endoscopic procedures. It is not intended for blind closure of an arteriotomy site. The SuperStitch 8F & 6F is approved in the European Union and CE marked with the indication for use as follows: The SuperStitch is indicated for use in performing vascular stitching in general surgery, including endoscopic procedures. In the EU there is no requirement for the use of fluoroscopic guidance. Sutura's headquarters are in Fountain Valley, California. "Sutura®" and "SuperStitch®" are registered trademarks of Sutura, Inc.

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  • Sutura, Inc.
    Barry Forward
    Corporate Communications
    (866) 676-8386
    Website: www.suturaus.com