East Hills, NY (April 6, 2006) - - Pall Corporation (NYSE:PLL) sees no merit in an action filed by Entegris alleging infringement of a U.S. patent just issued on April 4, 2006. This is a continuation of ongoing litigation between the two parties. The claims of the new patent were apparently crafted in an effort to circumvent a January 12, 2005 U.S. District Court ruling that the claims of Entegris' earlier patents are likely to be invalid over earlier developments--a determination that led to the dissolution of an injunction that the Court had previously entered.
On March 21, 2006 the European Patent Office revoked Entegris' related European Patent 0 818 228. The claims of the revoked patent are very similar to those in Entegris' new U.S. patent. Pall will ask the U.S. Court to reach the same conclusion as that of the European Patent Office and find the U.S. patent to be invalid.
Pall intends to vigorously defend its right to provide its customers with state-of-the art photolithography filtration technologies. The Entegris patent is not directed to filtration technologies; but is directed to a specific manifold assembly that connects fluid separation devices to fluid processing systems. Pall feels that this suit is an attempt to overcome the superiority of Pall filtration products in the highly demanding photolithography field.
The Company is confident that it will not be found to infringe any valid claims of the new patent. The action in question relates only to the U.S. and is not anticipated to have an affect on Pall's financial performance.
About Pall Corporation: Pall Corporation is the global leader in the rapidly growing field of filtration, separations and purification. Pall's business is organized around two broad markets: Life Sciences and Industrial. The Company provides leading-edge products to meet the demanding needs of customers in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, transfusion medicine, semiconductor, water purification, aerospace and broad industrial markets. Total revenues for fiscal 2005 were $1.9 billion. The Company headquarters is in East Hills, New York with extensive operations throughout the world. Visit Pall at www.pall.com.
This release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current Company expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; regulatory approval and market acceptance of new technologies; changes in product mix and product pricing and in interest rates and cost of raw materials; the Company's success in enforcing its patents and protecting its proprietary products and manufacturing techniques and its ability to achieve the savings anticipated from its cost reduction initiatives; global and regional economic conditions and legislative, regulatory and political developments; and domestic and international competition in the Company's global markets. Additional information regarding these and other factors is available on the Web at www.pall.com and is included in the Company's reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Copies of such reports can be obtained, without charge, at www.sec.gov.
Contact: Michael Forzano Pall Corporation 516 801-9520