US initiates trade practices investigation

Tuesday, 02 May, 2017

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Unfair trade practices by Hytera Communications are being investigated by the US International Trade Commission (ITC).

As previously reported by Critical Comms, the investigation is based on a complaint filed by Motorola Solutions in March.

The company asserted that Hytera was infringing its patents, and the ITC’s investigation will examine whether Hytera is unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components.

If the ITC’s investigation determines that Hytera has engaged in unlawful practices, the ITC may issue an exclusion order to halt the importation of the infringing products, as well as a cease-and-desist order to stop the sale and marketing of the infringing products in the United States.

“We are pleased the ITC will investigate Hytera’s trade practices, as we believe they are both unscrupulous and unlawful. Motorola Solutions is known for pioneering technology innovation,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions.

“We will continue our efforts to stop Hytera’s illegal and anticompetitive behavior, and look forward to a prompt decision by the ITC.”

Motorola Solutions also filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany against Hytera in April 2017, and patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints in March 14 2017, in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

To read about Hytera's response to Motorola's complaint, click here.

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