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Kintera Achieves Complete Victory In Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Convio.

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Convio Agrees to Immediately Cease and Refrain From

Infringing On Kintera's "Friends Asking Friends" Trademark

Kintera Inc., the leading provider of Internet marketing services to nonprofits, announced today that it has achieved complete victory in its trademark infringement lawsuit against Convio Inc. for infringing Kintera's "Friends Asking Friends(TM)" trademark.

Convio has agreed to immediately cease and refrain from all use of the Convio "Friend2Friend" name. In addition, Convio has agreed to immediately stop all use of any translations or phonetic equivalents of any mark confusingly similar to Kintera's Friends Asking Friends trademark. In exchange, Kintera has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit against Convio.

"Kintera and nonprofit organizations will not tolerate the misappropriation of any name or other intellectual property," stated Harry Gruber, M.D., CEO of Kintera.

In December 2001, Kintera filed a lawsuit for trademark infringement against Convio, an Austin, Texas-based company, in the United States District Court of the Southern District of California. The complaint alleged that Convio deliberately and willfully used the Friend2Friend name in connection with the advertising, marketing, distribution and sales of Convio's services in an attempt to trade on the goodwill, reputation and selling power established by Kintera under its Friends Asking Friends trademark. Kintera asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction that would prevent Convio from using the Friend2Friend name.

Added Dr. Gruber, "This is an important victory in our effort to establish a valuable brand name. Kintera has spent significant time and expense to invent, develop and market our innovative Friends Asking Friends service, which leverages the power of the Internet to help raise funds for worthy causes. As a result, Friends Asking Friends has become a familiar and a highly respected brand in the nonprofit sector."

About Kintera's Friends Asking Friends(TM) Service

Kintera's proprietary Friends Asking Friends service is an email-based solution that acts as a virtual door-to-door solicitation among the various fundraising event participants. The service provides customizable Web pages that each participant can personalize, and also allows participants to send email messages to their friends and family to seek charitable donations. The email message typically relates to the mission of an organization engaged in fundraising, and further contains a link to the participant's personalized Web page. By providing the participant with a personalized communication tool, Kintera's Friends Asking Friends service allows the participant to efficiently solicit on behalf of an organization by increasing the number of potential donors that the organization can contact. Through Friends Asking Friends, Kintera is able to provide real-time donation recognition and tracking, as well as detailed data collection, online registration and e-commerce processing.

About Kintera Inc.

Kintera is the leading Internet marketing services provider offering nonprofit organizations advanced Web-based solutions to help raise awareness and funds. Kintera's services, highlighted by its proprietary technology, leverage the power of the Internet to enrich user experiences when interacting with nonprofit organizations. The company's end-to-end Internet solutions meld with traditional fundraising to enhance donor recruitment, cultivation and stewardship programs. For more information, visit the Kintera Web site at or call 858/795-3000. Kintera's headquarters are located in San Diego.

This release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Kintera, Inc. and constitutes forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
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