Motorola Solutions today said it has filed multiple cases of patent infringement and trade secret theft against Chinese telecom solutions firm Hytera Communications in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The Motorola Solutions complaints claim that Hytera’s two-way radios, base stations, repeaters and dispatch systems, as well as its related commercialization and sales activities, are infringing patents owned by Motorola Solutions and utilizing stolen Motorola Solutions trade secrets.
The century-old telecom firm also said that three employees who were earlier worked for Motorola Solutions and had access to critical information and data had joined Hytera and colluded with the company to produce similar products and solutions as 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. Brazen copying and blatant, willful infringement of this sort create an unfair playing field and threaten the industry’s ability to innovate,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions.
“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,” he added.
Hytera’s illegal behavior was assisted by three engineers who resigned from the Company to join Hytera, where they had key roles in developing Hytera’s infringing products using misappropriated Motorola Solutions technologies and continue in senior-level positions today. In the period leading up to their resignations, through a series of serious misrepresentations and carefully planned illegal acts, these engineers maliciously accessed, downloaded and transferred more than 7,000 highly confidential files related to Motorola Solutions’ technologies, including confidential technical, marketing, sales, legal and other types of trade secret materials. Subsequently, Hytera began illegally manufacturing and marketing a line of products and technologies containing technologies invented, designed, developed and in some cases patented by Motorola Solutions.
Motorola Solutions is seeking to enjoin Hytera’s continued 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.