Sutura, Inc.
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Sutura, Inc.

December 04, 2007 08:49 ET

Sutura Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit With Abbott Laboratories

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) - Sutura, Inc. ("Sutura") (OTCBB:SUTU), a California-based medical device company, announced today that it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit it had against Abbott Laboratories. The settlement provides for a cross license of the Hathaway patents, licensed to Abbott by Indiana University, and the Sutura Nobles patents. In addition, Abbott has agreed to pay Sutura $23 million as part of the settlement agreement.

"We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Abbott and resolved this patent infringement dispute with them," said David Teckman, President and CEO of Sutura. "We now look forward to moving on with our continued enhancement of Sutura's product line of vascular suturing devices, in particular the Sutura EL device."

About Sutura, Inc.

Sutura®, Inc. ( 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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