General Patent Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Bausch & Lomb Surgical For Scieran Technologies

SUFFERN, NY, October 18, 2004 -- Scieran Technologies, Inc. of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. (Scieran) announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Bausch & Lomb Surgical, Inc. of San Dimas, Calif. (Bausch & Lomb).

General Patent Corporation (GPC) of Suffern, New York, a leading contingency patent enforcement firm, is the exclusive licensing agent for Scieran and is representing the company in the licensing and enforcement of its patent portfolio.

The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware. Scieran is represented by the prominent IP litigation boutique Levin and O'Connor. GPC retained Levin & O'Connor on behalf of Scieran after licensing negotiations with Bausch & Lomb reached a dead end.

The complaint alleges that Bausch & Lomb Surgical Inc, a unit of Bausch & Lomb, Inc. [NYSE: BOL], manufactured, used, sold and/or offered for sale a disposable high-speed vitrectomy cutter, without the rights or license from Scieran, in infringement of Scieran's US Patent Nos. 6,629,986 and 6,258,111. Scieran seeks unspecified compensatory damages and a permanent injunction against Bausch & Lomb.

"Scieran Technologies has made a substantial investment in the development of this technology," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "Scieran shareholders deserve to be fairly compensated."

"We are pleased to represent Scieran Technologies and work closely with GPC in this matter," said Edward F. O'Connor of Levin and O'Connor, the lead counsel in this case. "We intend to vigorously enforce these patents against the defendant, Bausch & Lomb, and will see to it that the inventors have their day in court."

About Scieran Technologies

Scieran Technologies, Inc. a research and development firm, is the owner of United States Patents No 6,629,986, "Apparatus and method for performing opthalmic procedures;" and No. 6,258,111, "Apparatus and method for performing ophthalmic procedures;" and the developer of the patented technology.

About Levin & O'Connor

Levin and O'Connor, a leading intellectual property litigation boutique, based in Laguna Beach, Calif., was founded by two of the country's leaders in intellectual property law. Mr. Levin, is the author of a widely accepted text book on intellectual property protection, and Mr. O'Connor has written a highly regarded book on patent litigation published by the ABA.

For further information on Scieran and GPC contact: General Patent Corporation, Montebello Park, 75 Montebello Road, Suffern, NY 10901-3740; (845) 368-4000; info@gpci.com. For more information about Levin & O'Connor contact Levin & O'Connor, 384 Forest Avenue, Suite 13, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.