Boston Scientific Announces Jury Verdict in Patent Litigation with Johnson & Johnson
(March 24, 2005) -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced that a jury in Delaware issued a verdict in a retrial of patent litigation between Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). The jury found that a single claim of Johnson & Johnson's Palmaz patent was valid and infringed by the NIR® stent, which was designed and manufactured by Medinol Ltd. and formerly sold by Boston Scientific. The jury only determined liability; any monetary damages will be determined in a later hearing. In addition, there are likely to be significant post-verdict motions and hearings, as well as an appeal of the decision. The court has not yet set a post-verdict schedule.

Boston Scientific no longer markets or sells the NIR stent. The jury's findings will not affect Boston Scientific's ability to sell its market-leading TAXUS® Express™ paclitaxel-eluting stent system or its next-generation TAXUS® Liberté™ paclitaxel-eluting stent system.

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