An East Texas jury is ordering AT&T to pay $166.3 million to a Utah company in a wireless technology patent infringement case.
The federal court jury determined that AT&T failed to prove that any of the claims by Finesse Wireless LLC were invalid, according to Ward, Smith and Hill, one of the law firms representing Finesse.
AT&T sent a statement saying it disagreed with the jury’s finding. “We continue to believe that the technology involved in this case is unique and proprietary to Nokia. We are considering our options, including whether to appeal this decision,” the statement said.
Finesse alleged AT&T’s 4G LTE and 5G networks violated its patents for reducing signal interference in radio communications systems, according to the verdict. Park City, Utah-based Finesse originally filed the lawsuit against AT&T in August 2021.
“Our team is very proud that the jury saw that our client’s technology was being used by AT&T without permission,” said Andrea Fair, a lawyer representing Finesse.
Jurors deliberated for three hours in the trial that played out before U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap.