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COURT INJUNCTION BARS DONNELLY FROM INFRINGING GENTEX PATENT

 ZEELAND, Mich., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 20, 1993, the Federal District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., entered the Final Judgment and Injunction against Donnelly Corporation (AMEX: DON) as a result of the April 2 jury verdict and April 7 Court Opinion and Order on Gentex Corporation's U.S. Patent No. 5,128,799 ('799 patent). The injunction prohibits Donnelly from further infringing that Gentex patent, including a prohibition against the sale of Donnelly's "Superchromic(TM)" electrochromic mirrors, referred to in the Court's Final Judgment as "Donnelly Electrochromic Mirror Solution(c)." The Court ordered that Gentex shall recover damages from Donnelly in the sum of $2,200,683.33, on which interest will be calculated beginning April 20, 1993.
 "This has been a long journey for Gentex. This injunction against Donnelly is the realization of a goal we have had since the beginning of this litigation," said Gentex Executive Vice President Kenneth LaGrand. "Donnelly admitted infringement of this patent but contested its validity and enforceability, the same defenses it has asserted against our other patents. This patented electrochromic mirror is Gentex's invention, and the Court has now enforced our exclusive rights to these products in the United States."
 LaGrand said that Gentex's electrochromic Night Vision Safety(TM) (NVS(TM)) Mirrors are being sold as automotive safety features due to the technology's unique electronically controllable dimming capabilities. Two sensors in the interior NVS(TM) Mirror work together to detect glare intensity from following vehicle headlamps. The electronic circuitry in the mirror simultaneously dims interior and exterior mirrors in proportion to the amount of glare detected.
 "The preservation of rear vision and mid-range dimming of the Gentex NVS(TM) Mirror are two important safety attributes that have allowed our mirror to gain automakers' respect as an active, crash-avoidance safety feature. Those same qualities have set the Gentex mirror above other automatic mirrors and the conventional prismatic 'flip-type' mirror," LaGrand concluded.
 At the March 22-April 2, 1993, trial in Federal Court, an eight- member jury deliberated less than six hours before rendering a unanimous verdict in favor of Gentex on the validity of its '799 patent, and a unanimous advisory verdict to the Court that this Gentex patent is enforceable. The jury awarded damages to Gentex in the amount of $2,200,683.33 for Donnelly's admitted infringement of that patent. On April 7, 1993, the Court held that the '799 patent is enforceable, adopting the advisory jury verdict of April 2.
 Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: GNTX) is headquartered in Zeeland. The Company 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 Corporation, 616-772-1800/
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