Safety IVCs: B. Braun Melsungen AG Wins Patent Infringement Suit Against Becton Dickinson GmbH in Germany

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Jan. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — On December 16, 2014, B. Braun Melsungen AG obtained a positive judgment in a law-suit against Becton Dickinson GmbH before the Regional Court Dusseldorf (docket no. 4b O 57/13). According to this judgment, Becton Dickinson may not distribute any longer the product “Venflon Pro Safety” in the sizes 14G to 22G (“Venflon Pro Safety”) as it infringes the European Patent EP 2 319 556 B1 (patent in suit) for safety IVC catheters of B. Braun. The patent in suit describes a safety mechanism for peripheral intravenous catheters.

With the enforcement B. Braun has inter alia prohibited Becton Dickinson the marketing of “Venflon Pro Safety” in Germany and has requested Becton Dickinson to recall already marketed IVCs of the type “Venflon Pro Safety”.

Becton Dickinson is free to file an appeal against the judgment of the Regional Court Dusseldorf. An opposition for nullification of the patent in suit as filed by Becton Dickinson with the European Patent Office had already been rejected in first instance in November 2014 against which Becton Dickinson already filed an appeal.

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Harmony Gold Announces That Italian Court Absolves All Defendants In Berlusconi-Mediatrade Case

LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Harmony Gold USA announced today that on July 8, 2014, after about 2 years and 6 months of trial, and after almost nine years from the starting of the investigations in October 2005, the Milan Court of first instance, section II criminal, in charge of the so-called Mediatrade proceeding, has issued a judgment of acquittal in relation to all charges for all defendants, including Pier Silvio Berlusconi, Fedele Confalonieri, Daniele Lorenzano, Gabriella Ballabio, Giorgio Dal Negro, Giovanni Stabilini, Paolo Del Bue, along with two Hong Kong business women, Paddy Chan and Katherine Hsu, and US producer Frank Agrama.

The decision can be found on the Harmony Gold website at

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