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National Instruments Successfully Resolves Lawsuit Enforcing LabVIEW(TM) Patents.

AUSTIN, Texas, June 15 /PRNewswire/ --

National Instruments Corporation (Nasdaq: NATI) today settled its patent infringement lawsuit against PPT VISION, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN). In the case, NI alleged that PPT VISION, Inc. infringed two of National Instruments patents related to its LabVIEW software.

"As a company that values our investment in innovation and respects the role of intellectual property, we are pleased to resolve this matter in a positive way," said Dr. James Truchard, President and CEO of NI. "We continue to invest significant resources to bring leading technologies to engineers and scientists around the world. Our customers have come to rely on LabVIEW and our extensive portfolio of products to deliver productivity gains in their measurement, automation, and machine vision systems."

Under the terms of the agreement, PPT VISION, Inc. agreed to modify new releases of its software to eliminate certain similarities to patented features of LabVIEW. The agreement also included a payment by PPT VISION, Inc. to NI. The case was scheduled to be tried to a jury in Austin, Texas, starting July 10, 2000.

NI manufactures hundreds of software and hardware products that leverage industry-standard computers and Internet technology for measurement and automation applications.

NI stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market System under the symbol NATI. Investment information may be obtained from the company's Investor Relations department at (512) 683-5090 or by sending e-mail to or on the Web at

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