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Judge Rules in Favor of Avery Dennison in 3M Patent Infringement Lawsuit

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Pasadena, CA -- Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) announced today that Chief Judge Michael J. Davis of the United States District Court in Minnesota has denied 3M’s request for a preliminary injunction in Case 0:10-cv-02630-MJD-FLN that attempted to block Avery Dennison’s OmniCube™ product from competing in the marketplace for retroreflective sheeting.

The motion for preliminary injunction was part of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by 3M against Avery Dennison last June. In denying 3M’s request to preliminarily enjoin the sale of Omnicube™, Judge Davis stated that Avery Dennison had raised a substantial question of validity with respect to the patents at issue. In addition, the Court found that, given 3M's failure “to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits and that 3M will be irreparably harmed, the balance of harms and public interest tips in favor of Avery Dennison.”

Avery Dennison is free to continue to sell Avery Dennison OmniCube™, which is retro-reflective sheeting material developed by the company primarily for highway and street signs to reflect light back to the drivers of all-sized vehicles at virtually any sight angle.

To learn more about Avery Dennison Reflective Technology and view the full line of Avery Dennison OmniCube™ products, visit

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) helps make brands more inspiring and the world more intelligent. For 75 years the company has been a global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and materials, retail branding and information solutions, and organization and identification products for offices and consumers. A FORTUNE 500 company with sales of $6 billion in 2009, Avery Dennison is based in Pasadena, California and has employees in over 60 countries. For more information, visit

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