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Wednesday 27 July, 2005

Ultraframe PLC

Court rules in case

Ultraframe PLC
27 July 2005

                                                                    27 July 2005

                         Court rules in Ultraframe case

The High Court has today delivered a judgment in the long running legal case
between Ultraframe and The Burnden Group and Burnden Conservatory Products
('Burnden'), Burnden's founder Gary Fielding, and his wife Sally Fielding and
others. This is the case referred to in note 8 to our Interim Report 2005. This
case arises from the alleged infringement of intellectual property rights owned
by Ultraframe's wholly owned subsidiaries Northstar & Seaquest.

A High Court hearing to determine any reimbursement of costs for respective
parties is expected early in the next financial year, and any subsequent hearing
to assess damages or any future IPR licence fees to Ultraframe's wholly-owned
subsidiaries would also be at a later date.

Summary of findings

It has been established that the overwhelming majority of the Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) in the disputed roofing system belong to Northstar and
Seaquest and ultimately therefore the Ultraframe Group. Burnden are liable to
pay licence fees in respect of past use and have been obliged to undertake to
the Court to take a licence from Northstar and Seaquest relating to any future
infringing use of the IPR, the terms of which will be determined at a later

The Court found evidence of two dishonest conspiracies perpetrated against
Ultraframe's wholly owned subsidiaries. Mr Fielding was found to have been
deliberately untruthful when giving evidence to the Court and to have been
involved in the fabrication of documents to support his defence. The Court also
found Burnden and/or Mr Fielding liable to compensate Ultraframe's companies in
respect of management charges wrongly levied to the companies.

Notwithstanding these findings, the Company is disappointed with certain parts
of the judgment particularly in so far as potential recovery of damages is
concerned. The judgment handed down today is extremely long, and the Company
will now be reviewing it with legal counsel. Both parties will have the
opportunity to seek leave to Appeal in October.

Update on other litigation

The above First Instance decision follows the two recent successes for
Ultraframe in the Court of Appeal against Eurocell and Burnden, as previously
announced. Ultraframe has now applied for its costs and substantial damages from
Eurocell, which it expects to recover in due course and has also now obtained an
injunction preventing Eurocell from selling their infringing Eurocell (Pinnacle)
500 product. In the Burnden Court of Appeal case, Ultraframe has now obtained an
order that Burnden must pay Ultraframe's appeal costs.


Ultraframe Plc
David Moore, Chief Executive
Alan Rothwell, Group Finance Director     )       01200 443311

Gill Ackers/Sarah Tovey/Laure Korenian-Chabert    020 7404 5959

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Notes to editors:

Ultraframe, established in 1983, is the leading international designer and
manufacturer of conservatories and sunroom systems for domestic and light
commercial use. In Europe, the Group is primarily focused on the UK where it is
the industry leader in conservatory roof design and manufacture. In 1997
Ultraframe listed on the London Stock Exchange. In North America, the Four
Seasons business was acquired in 2001 and is the only nationally recognised
consumer brand for sunrooms in the US. The Group HQ team is based on the main UK
site in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Ultraframe employs some 1,000 people worldwide
and has more US and European quality accreditations and patents as well as a
broader intellectual property base for its roofing and sunroom systems than any
other conservatory company. This ensures that the Group remains at the forefront
of quality and technological innovation with a reputation for excellence.

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