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Carl Zeiss Meditec finds IntraLase lawsuit filing without merit


Jena/Germany, 13.11.2006. Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc., and their affiliates (collectively CZM) were informed yesterday that a suit has been filed by IntraLase Corporation, claiming that CZM has improperly used confidential and proprietary information of IntraLase. The suit has not been seen by CZM, and the company only learned of the action through an IntraLase press release issued 9 November 2006. CZM is surprised by IntraLase Corporation’s decision to file this legal action.

“We have investigated IntraLase’s allegations thoroughly and we have determined that these claims are completely baseless,” said Ulrich Krauss, president and CEO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. “CZM has not breached any agreement or other obligation to IntraLase, nor has CZM otherwise acted improperly.”

“Not only do we find IntraLase’s filing to be without merit, but it is also in direct contradiction to the values and culture of the entire Carl Zeiss organization,” continued Krauss. “We are a company that has always operated carefully and ethically, and one that respects its agreements with, and obligations to third parties, as well as any valid third party intellectual property rights.

“Carl Zeiss Meditec’s technical innovations in the relevant field have resulted from the expertise, creativity and efforts of its employees and claims to the contrary can not be supported by facts,” said Krauss. “This inappropriate action by IntraLase is obviously timed to coincide with CZM’s demons- tration of advanced femtosecond technology at this week’s AAO meeting, and is an obvious effort to disrupt that event. CZM will take all necessary steps to defend itself aggressively against these false claims.”

Number: M18/06 OP


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