European Patent Office Declares Medinol Patent Invalid
(April 1, 2004) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) announced today that the European Patent Office has declared invalid a patent held by Medinol Ltd. This is the patent that Boston Scientific's Express™ and TAXUS™ stent systems were found to infringe in The Netherlands. As a result, the injunction against the sale of these products in The Netherlands is no longer effective and Boston Scientific expects to recommence sales there immediately. The European Patent Office's decision is final and not appealable. Boston Scientific is considering whether to seek damages against Medinol in The Netherlands.

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