Motorola mounts legal case against Hytera

By Critical Comms Staff
Wednesday, 15 March, 2017

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Motorola Solutions has filed complaints against Hytera for patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation.

It has been asserted that Hytera’s two-way radios, base stations, repeaters and dispatch systems, and related commercialisation and sales activities, are infringing patents owned by Motorola.

Motorola Solutions believes that Hytera is intentionally infringing its intellectual property and misappropriating its trade secrets, which has enabled Hytera to compete unfairly by bypassing investment in innovation.

“We believe it is clear, and we are confident the courts will agree, that Hytera’s product portfolio and marketing materials are based on Motorola Solutions’ proprietary intellectual property,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions.

“Brazen copying and blatant, willful infringement of this sort create an unfair playing field and threaten the industry’s ability to innovate. We will use every means available to vigorously defend the company’s valuable intellectual property, while continuing to drive innovation and technical excellence for the benefit of our customers around the world.”

Motorola has said that Hytera’s actions were assisted by three engineers who resigned from the the company to join Hytera, where they allegedly had key roles in developing Hytera’s infringing products using misappropriated Motorola technologies.

In the period leading up to their resignations, these engineers allegedly maliciously accessed, downloaded and transferred more than 7000 highly confidential files related to Motorola’s technologies, including confidential technical, marketing, sales, legal and other types of trade secret materials.

Subsequently, Hytera began allegedly manufacturing and marketing a line of products and technologies containing technologies invented, designed, developed and in some cases patented by Motorola.

Motorola Solutions is seeking to enjoin Hytera’s alleged infringement and misappropriation by stopping its sales of key products in the United States and importation of those infringing products into the United States. The company is committed to ensuring that its intellectual property rights are protected around the world.

The complaints can be accessed here.

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