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3M - 1/4/2006

Jury Rules in Favor of 3M in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

3M Company and 3M Innovative Properties Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of 3M, have won a favorable 
verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit filed in the United States District Court in Minnesota against Avery 
Dennison Corporation.

A jury in Minneapolis returned the verdict in favor of 3M, finding that 3M's United States Patent No. 5,897,930, 
which relates to release liners used in the manufacture and sale of pressure-sensitive adhesives for wide-format 
graphics, is valid and has been infringed by Avery Dennison's sales of its EZ Series Fleet Marking Film. 

Based on the verdict, 3M will be asking the Court to enter a permanent injunction prohibiting further manufacture 
and sales of Avery Dennison's EZ Series Fleet Marking Film products. The amount of damages to be awarded to 
3M as a result of Avery Dennison's infringement will be determined at an upcoming Court hearing.

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