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DONNELLY-GENTEX INITIAL PATENT LITIGATION HEARING CONCLUDES

 DONNELLY-GENTEX INITIAL PATENT LITIGATION HEARING CONCLUDES
 HOLLAND, Mich. Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Donnelly Corporation (AMEX: DON) reported that the first stage of the patent dispute (originally filed in May, 1990) with Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX) of Zeeland, Mich., in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids, Mich., has been completed.
 Donnelly presented extensive documentation and evidence in its argument that Gentex patents are invalid because the products covered in the patents were on sale long before the patent applications were made. As stated many times prior to the hearing, Donnelly believes strongly in the correctness of its position and continues to look forward to a timely resolution of this litigation.
 U.S. District Judge Benjamin Gibson will deliberate on the arguments and evidence presented in the trial to date. No specific date has been established for when a decision will be reached, however, it is not uncommon for this process to take several months or more.
 Judge Gibson has indicated that he hopes to reach a decision during November 1992.
 Due to the complex nature of this case, additional time will be scheduled by the court to hear the remaining patent issues in this suit. The hearing has been scheduled to begin Dec. 14, 1992.
 Meanwhile, Donnelly continues to market its electrochromic mirror system to automotive customers around the world and is vigorously opposing Gentex's motion for a preliminary injunction attempting to interfere with further sales efforts by Donnelly. This motion argues that Donnelly poses a serious threat to Gentex's market for these mirrors by offering competitive prices in the automotive marketplace.
 Dwane Baumgardner, CEO for Donnelly Corporation, stated:
 "It has been, and continues to be, Donnelly's policy to provide products of excellent quality to its customers at competitive prices. This long-standing policy is more important now than ever as the automotive industry becomes more complex, global, and cost conscious. Many of our customers rely on our support to maintain their own competitive strength in the face of intense competition at home and overseas.
 "Donnelly's marketing efforts for electrochromic mirrors is just like the approach taken in all of our product lines ... to offer value to the customer. Our continued leadership in the industry is the result of a commitment to continuously improve our operations, reduce costs, develop innovative new products, and a reputation for fair business practices. As is the case in any successful business, we can offer our customer no less than the best quality, service, and price."
 A second suit was filed by Gentex in August, 1992. Donnelly believes this suit is merely an off-shoot of the case now being considered by the court. That case will be tried separately, but before the same judge. Donnelly is requesting a very early trial date.
 Donnelly Corporation is an international company dedicated to serving customers around the world with high-quality fabricated, molded and coated glass products for the automotive and electronics industries. The company has been based in Holland since 1905 and today operates from 19 facilities worldwide, 13 of which are in western Mich. In addition, Donnelly has a major manufacturing facility in Naas, Ireland; a marketing liaison office in Tokyo and in Detroit; an Advanced Technology Center in Tucson, Ariz.; a manufacturing facility (a joint venture) in Mount Pleasant, Tenn.; and construction will begin shortly on a new facility in Mount Sterling, Ky. Donnelly is also recognized as a leader in the application of participative management practices.
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 /CONTACT: Maryam Komejan of Donnelly Corporation, 616-786-6022/
 (DON GNTX) CO: Donnelly Corporation; Gentex Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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