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Itron Wins Summary Judgment in CellNet Patent Lawsuit.

SPOKANE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 5, 1998--Itron Inc. (Nasdaq:ITRI), a leading provider of automatic meter reading ("AMR") equipment and services to the utility industry, announced today that it won summary judgment in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by CellNet Data Systems (Nasdaq:CNDS).

CellNet sued Itron in April of 1997, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, for allegedly infringing its U.S. Patent No. 4,783,623 on a device for use with an electric meter for recording time of energy use. CellNet sought injunctive relief and damages. In its decision to grant summary judgment, dated November 2, 1998, the Court ruled that none of the accused Itron products infringed any of the asserted claims in CellNet's patent. Should CellNet decide to appeal this decision, Itron would defend vigorously against such an appeal. Itron is being represented by the Minneapolis law firms of Dorsey & Whitney and Patterson & Keough in the above matter.

In a separate matter, on October 3, 1996, Itron filed a patent infringement suit against CellNet in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging that CellNet is infringing the Company's U.S. Patent No. 5,553,094, entitled "Radio Communication Network for Remote Data Generating Stations." The Company is seeking injunctive relief as well as monetary damages, costs and attorneys' fees. That suit is still pending.

Itron Inc. is the leading provider to the utility industry of AMR solutions for collecting, communicating, and analyzing electric, gas, and water usage. Itron's AMR and handheld meter reading systems are installed at over 1,500 utility customers in more than 40 countries around the world. To date, Itron has shipped more than 13 million AMR meter modules to over 350 utilities around the world and has large-scale AMR installations in a number of U.S. cities including Denver, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Houston, and Los Angeles. Headquartered in Spokane, Washington, Itron has engineering, design, and manufacturing facilities in several U.S. locations, as well as subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. The Company employs approximately 1,100 people worldwide.

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