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AT&T ISSUES STATEMENT

 AT&T ISSUES STATEMENT
 NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A Texas jury Wednesday found that


AT&T had infringed on a 1976 patent covering certain technology used in the company's 5ESS(R) digital switch. The six-member jury awarded damages of $34.6 million.
 AT&T today issued the following statement:
 The jury found in AT&T's favor on seven of the eight
 patent claims. On the one remaining claim, the jury awarded
 a lump sum of $34.6 million, which is about 1.5 percent of
 the original amount sought.
 Yesterday's decision in Texas notwithstanding, we
 believe this suit is totally without merit because the patent
 is invalid and because the 5ESS switch doesn't infringe the
 patent, even if it were valid.
 We plan to appeal the verdict and feel confident it will
 not stand on appeal. We do not believe that AT&T will have
 to pay any damages whatsoever.
 The U.S. Patent Office is reviewing the claims of this
 patent in separate action. The patent review is being made
 at the request of both parties in this case. If the patent
 office finds in our favor, the entire patent would be
 declared invalid.
 Collins Licensing is a limited partnership formed to
 file suit against AT&T.
 -0- 2/6/92
 /CONTACT: Walter Murphy, 908-221-6900, or home, 201-822-3466, or Andrew Myers, 908-221-2737, or home, 908-522-9485, both of AT&T/
 (T) CO: AT&T ST: Texas IN: TLS SU:


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