Angiotech receives favourable decision from the European Patent Office

    EPO Rejects Attempted Intervention and Appeals of Conor Medsystems and
    Sahajanand Medical

    VANCOUVER, March 15 /CNW/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:  
ANPI, TSX: ANP), a global specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company,
announced a favourable decision regarding its Hunter Patent from the European
Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, Germany.
    The EPO's Technical Board of Appeal rejected the attempt by Conor
Medsystems Inc. and Sahajanand Medical Technologies Pvt. Ltd. to intervene and
appeal an earlier decision by the Opposition Division of the European Patent
Office, which upheld the Hunter patent. The decision found that these appeals
were "inadmissible."
    "We are pleased with the EPO's decision, and Angiotech views this outcome
as yet another confirmation of the strength and validity of our patent
portfolio," said Dr. William Hunter, President and CEO of Angiotech.
    "We continue to have great success defending our intellectual property,
and we remain committed to vigorously protect our important proprietary
technologies in jurisdictions around the world," added Dr. Hunter.

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our business the operations of American Medical Instruments Holdings, Inc.
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    About Angiotech

    Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a global specialty pharmaceutical and
medical device company with 17 facilities in 6 countries and over 1,500
dedicated employees. Angiotech discovers, develops and markets innovative
treatment solutions for diseases or complications associated with medical
device implants, surgical interventions and acute injury. To find out more
about Angiotech (NASDAQ:   ANPI, TSX: ANP), please visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Janet Craig, VP, Investor Relations and
Corporate Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 221-6933,; Jodi Regts, Manager, Investor Relations and Corporate
Communications, Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (604) 221-7930,

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