Press Release

U.S. District Court Grants Covidien Preliminary Injunction against Ethicon’s Harmonic ACE®+7

DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 17, 2014-- Covidien plc (NYSE: COV) today announced that the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut has granted a preliminary injunction against Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. This injunction results from a lawsuit filed by Covidien in June 2014 that alleges Ethicon’s latest ultrasonic surgical product, the Harmonic ACE®+7, infringes three Covidien patents. The injunction prevents Ethicon from manufacturing, marketing and selling the Harmonic ACE®+7.

“Covidien operates within a highly competitive global health care environment. We are pleased that the court has recognized the value of our intellectual property. As demonstrated by our actions, we will vigorously protect our innovative products, solutions and intellectual property,” said Chris Barry, president, Advanced Surgical, Covidien.

The June 2014 lawsuit contends that U.S. Patents 6,063,050; 6,468,286; and 6,682,544 are infringed by Ethicon’s Harmonic ACE®+7 Shears. Ethicon’s Harmonic® devices were found to infringe the same patents in a prior suit in the same court that resulted in a damages award against Ethicon of more than $175 million, a finding that is currently under appeal.

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Source: Covidien plc

Covidien
Marguerite Copel, 203-821-4720
Vice President, Communications
Surgical Solutions
marguerite.copel@covidien.com
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John Jordan, 508-452-4891
Director, External Communications
Surgical Solutions
john.jordan@covidien.com
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Coleman Lannum, CFA, 508-452-4343
Vice President
Investor Relations
cole.lannum@covidien.com
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Todd Carpenter, 508-452-4363
Senior Director
Investor Relations
todd.carpenter@covidien.com

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