For Immediate Release
Adobe Files Suit to Protect Customers' Rights to Use Fonts

SAN JOSE, Calif. — September 3, 2002 (NASDAQ: ADBE) — Adobe Systems Incorporated, the leader in network publishing, today announced it has asked the U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., for declaratory relief to resolve a contractual dispute that Adobe has the right to permit its customers to embed ITC (International Typeface Corporation) fonts in electronic documents. Adobe is also filing an arbitration proceeding in London seeking affirmation of the same contractual rights with respect to Monotype fonts. Adobe attempted to resolve this matter informally with Monotype and ITC, but was unsuccessful.

By taking these actions, Adobe hopes to resolve these issues for its customers.

"Many years ago Adobe anticipated the shift to electronic documents. At that time, we obtained the embedding rights from our font partners necessary to permit the creation of electronic documents," said Jim Heeger, senior vice president, cross media products. "We are now defending the rights we obtained for our customers to continue to conduct business in the electronic age."

In addition, Adobe has asked the court to declare that Adobe's popular Acrobat product does not violate certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as claimed by ITC and Agfa Monotype. Adobe believes these claims are being made to gain ITC and Agfa leverage in the contractual disputes. Adobe strongly disputes this claim and is asking the court to rule that there is no violation of the DMCA.

This press release contains forward-looking statements related to litigation that involves risks and uncertainties that could cause our financial results to differ materially. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: lengthy legal proceedings, costs associated with litigation, diversion of management's attention and resources, and an adverse judgment. When used in this report, the words "hopes", "anticipated", "believes" and similar expressions are generally intended to identify forward-looking statements. For further discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to the Company's SEC filings, including the 2001 annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q to be filed in 2002. The Company does not undertake an obligation to update forward-looking statements.

About Adobe Systems Incorporated

Founded in 1982, Adobe Systems Incorporated ( builds award-winning software solutions for network publishing, including Web, ePaper, print, video, wireless and broadband applications. Its graphic design, imaging, dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and deliver visually-rich, reliable content. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Adobe is one of the world's leading software companies.


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