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Bausch and Lomb

Bausch and Lomb is an American company based in Rochester, New York, specialized in medical optics like contact lenses and surgical instruments. The company was founded in 1853 and employs over 10,000 people today.

Bausch and Lomb are involved in a lawsuit with Novartis which claims to have a patent on one of Bausch and Lomb's products called PureVision. On August 2, 2002, Bausch and Lomb announced to move the production from the US to Ireland since a request to continue making and selling its contact lenses in the US while it appeals a decision in the patent lawsuit was denied by a federal appeals court.