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Palomar's Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Candela Proceeds to Trial on October 4, 2011

/ Source: GlobeNewswire

BURLINGTON, Mass., May 19, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMTI), a leading researcher and developer of light-based systems for aesthetic treatments, announced today that the trial of its patent infringement lawsuit against Candela Corporation (acquired in 2010 by Syneron, Inc.) will start October 4, 2011 in the United States District Court District of Massachusetts before Judge Zobel. Yesterday, the Judge scheduled jury empanelment for October 3, 2011, with trial scheduled to begin the next day, October 4th. The trial is expected to run through October 12th.

Palomar has accused Candela of willful infringement of U.S. Patent No. 5,735,844 ("the '844 patent"). Specifically, Palomar is asserting method claim 32 of the '844 patent. Palomar is seeking royalty payments on past sales of Candela's hair removal products in the United States and a permanent injunction to prevent Candela's continued sales of these products in the United States during the life of the '844 patent. In addition, Palomar is seeking a finding of willful infringement and treble damages.

In a ruling issued on April 26, 2011, the Judge denied Candela's motion for summary judgment that the '844 patent is invalid over prior art. The ruling further denied Candela's motion for summary judgment that Candela's products do not infringe claim 32 of the '844 patent. The Judge granted Candela's motion for summary judgment with respect to non-infringement of independent claims 1, 19 and 27 reducing the amount of damages that Palomar may obtain at trial to damages arising from sales in the United States. Following trial, Palomar may appeal the summary judgment ruling.

Patricia Davis, Palomar's General Counsel and a registered patent attorney, commented, "We are very happy finally to be going to trial on this case. We are confident in our position and are looking forward to presenting our case to the jury."

About Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.: Palomar is a leading researcher and developer of laser- and light-based systems for aesthetic treatments.

Palomar pioneered the optical hair removal field, when, in 1997, it introduced the first high-powered laser hair removal system. Since then, many of the major advances in light-based hair removal have been based on Palomar technology.

As a pioneer of fractional technology, Palomar is an owner of fundamental intellectual property in this area. In December 2009, Palomar received the first United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the treatment of stretch marks using a fractional non-ablative laser. In September 2010, Palomar received the first FDA clearance for a fractional ablative and fractional non-ablative combination treatment.

In December 2006, Palomar became the first company to receive a 510(k) over-the-counter (OTC) clearance from the FDA for a new, patented, home-use, light-based hair removal device. In June 2009, Palomar became the first company to receive a 510(k) OTC clearance from the FDA for a new, patented, home-use, laser device for the treatment of periorbital wrinkles. OTC clearance allows these products to be marketed and sold directly to consumers without a prescription. Palomar introduced the PaloVia™ Skin Renewing Laser™ in December 2010.

There are now millions of laser- and light-based aesthetic procedures performed around the world every year in physician offices, clinics, spas, salons, and homes. Palomar is testing many new and exciting applications to further advance the aesthetic market and other surgical applications.

For more information on Palomar and its products, visit Palomar's website at

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