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DIGITAL SYSTEMS 'WINS FIRST ROUND' IN PATENT INFRINGEMENT SUIT AGAINST DAVOX

 SEATTLE, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. District Court in Seattle has lifted a stay previously imposed on the patent infringement lawsuit brought by Digital Systems International Inc. (NASDAQ: DGTL) against Davox Corp. (NASDAQ: DAVX), Digital Systems announced. The action has, in effect, rendered Davox's earlier declaration of "first round" victory over Digital Systems premature and invalid.
 Digital Systems is now free to request a preliminary injunction barring the further sale of Davox products that infringe Digital Systems' Realtime Monitor (RTM) patent. Digital Systems expects that such a motion will be fully noted for consideration in February.
 The dispute concerns Digital Systems' U.S. patent (No. 5,101,425) awarded March 31, 1992, on the RTM, a device enabling the monitoring of call management system operations in real-time, such as Digital Systems' flagship product, Voicelink(R) Intelligent Call Management(TM) system. The technology is incorporated in Digital Systems' Campaign Director(TM) Workstation, a new product scheduled for release in March 1993.
 Davox, which is based in Billerica, Mass., filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts seeking declaratory relief from Digital Systems' patent on June 18, 1992, the day before Digital Systems, headquartered in Redmond, Wash., filed its own patent infringement lawsuit against Davox in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington. On July 24, 1992, Davox amended its claims alleging that Digital Systems' Voicelink product infringes upon two other, much older patents owned by Davox (U.S. Patent Nos. 3,989,899 and 4,599,493).
 Digital Systems promptly moved for dismissal of the action filed by Davox. Davox moved to transfer Digital Systems' suit to Boston or, in the alternative, for a stay of the Seattle case. On Aug. 26, 1992, Judge Carolyn R. Dimmick (U.S. District Court Judge, Western District of Washington at Seattle) stayed the Washington proceedings, pending a decision by the Boston court on Digital Systems' motion. This event prompted Davox to prematurely stake claim to a "first round" victory in a press release dated Sept. 24, 1992, notwithstanding the fact that Digital Systems' motion was still pending before the Massachusetts court.
 Judge Mark L. Wolf (U.S. District Court Judge, District of Massachusetts) last week stated that he thought the litigation should more appropriately be decided in Washington. As a result, Judge Dimmick lifted the stay on the Washington proceedings.
 "We're extremely pleased that the Boston court has agreed with our position that this action should be tried in the Washington courts. We've argued all along that Davox's filing in Massachusetts constituted impermissible forum shopping," said Michael L. Darland, Digital Systems' president and chief executive officer. "Now that this procedural matter has been settled, we can get down to the real matter at hand, that of vigorously enforcing our patent rights.
 "Regarding their patent infringement claims, it is curious that July 1992 was the first time we ever heard about any claim from Davox regarding any patent, one of which was issued almost 17 years ago and the other more than six years ago," added Darland.
 Digital Systems International Inc. designs, manufactures, markets and supports inbound and outbound Voicelink(R) Intelligent Call Management(TM) systems. To date, more than 580 Voicelink systems have been sold in North America. International operations have expanded to the United Kingdom and Japan.
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 /CONTACT: Jeanne Miller of Digital Systems, 206-869-4592/
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