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COURT UPHOLDS JURY VERDICT THAT GENTEX PATENT IS ENFORCEABLE

 ZEELAND, Mich., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Late yesterday, the Federal District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., adopted the jury's advisory verdict from April 2 that Gentex Corporation's U.S. Patent No. 5,128,799 ('799 patent) for a variable reflectance rearview mirror for motor vehicles is enforceable. Donnelly Corporation (AMEX: DON) had asserted the patent was unenforceable.
 "This is a clear, decisive win for Gentex," said Gentex Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Fred Bauer. "The new technology claimed in the '799 patent forms a broad and powerful barrier to infringers. While Donnelly has made several optimistic statements related to obsoleting 'old technology' with an electrochromic mirror using a video chip, we know of no proven technology that is more advanced or could be considered cost- or performance-competitive with the new technology being offered by Gentex.
 "Video technology has been in existence for a long time. Based on our analysis of the Donnelly video mirror, we think the component costs are not competitive, and in test drives the mirror's performance does not measure up to mirrors Gentex currently is offering to the automotive industry."
 Bauer said the Company is seeking a permanent injunction against further infringement by Donnelly of this patent. The Court is expected to rule on that motion in the near future.
 After the March 22-April 2, 1993, trial in Federal Court, the eight- member jury deliberated only five hours before rendering a unanimous verdict in favor of Gentex on the issues of the patent's validity and infringement by Donnelly Corporation, and rendered an advisory verdict to the Court that the Gentex patent is enforceable. The jury awarded damages to Gentex in the amount of $2,200,683, for Donnelly's admitted infringement of that patent.
 "The issues of the patent's validity and enforceability were most critical to Gentex. Although we appreciate and believe we deserve the damages awarded, the damages issue was of lesser significance," said Bauer.
 Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: GNTX) develops, manufactures and markets proprietary electro-optical products: patented automatic- dimming Interior and Exterior Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(TM)) Mirrors for the worldwide motor vehicle industry, and an extensive line of fire protection products for commercial applications.
 Gentex was the first company in the world to produce a commercial electrochromic mirror for the motor vehicle industry, and is the leading supplier of these mirrors to the worldwide automotive industry.
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 /CONTACT: Connie Hamblin of Gentex, 616-772-1800/
 (GNTX DON)


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