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3M and Avery Dennison Conclude Patent Infringement and Related Lawsuits

  3M and Avery Dennison Conclude Patent Infringement and Related Lawsuits

Business Wire

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- March 28, 2013

3M, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary 3M Innovative Properties Co.,
announced today that they have successfully concluded their lawsuits against
Avery Dennison Corp. relating to retroreflective sheeting products used on
traffic signs, pavement markings and other traffic control products. 3M’s
patent infringement litigation against Avery has been resolved with the court
entering a consent judgment in favor of 3M. Avery’s separate claims of patent
infringement and antitrust violations against 3M have been dismissed by the
court with prejudice.

“We are pleased that the court has entered judgment upholding the validity and
enforceability of our patents related to DG3 sheeting, and that all
allegations against 3M were dismissed,” said John Houle, vice president and
general manager, 3M Traffic Safety and Security Division. “We look forward to
continuing to bring our innovative, patented reflective sheeting technology to
our customers.”

Reflective sheeting technology was pioneered by 3M more than 60 years ago. 3M
continues to lead innovation in that technology, investing enormous resources
to develop products, such as its 3M™ Diamond Grade™ DG^3 Reflective Sheeting,
to meet the changing traffic control needs and visual requirements of
motorists.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs about 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70
countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on
Twitter.

Contact:

3M
Stephen Sanchez, 651-737-5967 (Media)
Matt Ginter, 651-733-8206 (Investors)
Bruce Jermeland, 651-733-1807 (Investors)
 
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