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Motorola Solutions' patent battle with Hytera hits Australia

Samira Sarraf | Aug. 2, 2017
Legal proceedings also taking place in the US and Germany.

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Motorola Solutions has kicked off patent infringement proceedings in the Federal Court of Australia against Hytera Communications in both Australia and China.

Hytera is a Chinese-headquartered manufacturer of radio transceivers and radio systems.

Motorola Solutions has previously filed complaints of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation against Hytera in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois on 14 March, a patent infringement complaint filed with the US International Trade Commission on 29 March, patent infringement complaints were also filed with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany on 18 April and with the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany on 24 July.

In Australia, the statement of claim filed with the court alleges that some Hytera digital mobile radios sold in locally infringe three Motorola Solutions' patents.

Motorola Solutions seeks a declaration from the Australian Federal Court that Hytera has infringed Motorola Solutions' patents and an order to permanently restrain Hytera from continued alleged infringement, as well as damages and additional relief if the court deems it appropriate.

"As the world's leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, we are committed to vigorously enforcing our valuable intellectual property rights on behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders," Motorola Solutions general counsel and chief administrative officer, Mark Hacker, said.

"This filing in the Federal Court of Australia is a continuation of our global efforts to safeguard Motorola Solutions' proven record of technological innovation and our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents. We are confident in the merits of each case and will continue to pursue legal remedies to stop Hytera's infringing behavior," Hacker said.

A hearing has been scheduled for 29 August.

Hytera was founded in 1993 and was a Motorola distributor until 2001. 

In the patent infringement claim filed by Motorola in Illinois, the company said: "Unlike Motorola, Hytera has not invested the time, creative effort, or expense of the extensive research necessary to produce truly innovative technologies and products."

"Hytera knew that its analog radio products faced extinction, and that it could not hope to develop its own digital two-way radios in time to save its ailing business," stated the document.

Motorola also claims that Hytera allegedly "lured" away several of its employees who would have allegedly downloaded " thousands of confidential technical documents in the weeks prior to their departures".

 

 

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