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Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby RFguy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:03 am

For the record:

Motorola Solutions today filed lawsuits alleging that Hytera Communications' digital mobile radio (DMR) equipment and systems that leverage Motorola Solutions patents and trade secrets that were taken from the radio giant by three engineers who left the company to join Hytera Communications.

While some intellectual-property lawsuits involve disputes over the creation and use of technology developed along parallel tracks by different entities, the circumstances of Hytera Communications’ use of Motorola Solutions’ patents and trade secrets are much more “brazen,” according to Mark Hacker, Motorola Solutions’ general counsel and chief administrative officer.

“This isn’t coincidental infringement of a patent,” Hacker said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “This is part of a deliberate scheme to steal and copy our technology.”

According to the trade-secrets lawsuit, Hytera Communications infringed on several features associated with Motorola Solutions’ popular MOTOTRBO line of digital radios:

-Voice-Operated Transmission (VOX);
-Telemetry;
-Dynamic Mixed Mode (DMM) priority scan;
-Location-based services;
-GPS Revert Channel;
-Digital Telephone Patch (DTP); and
-Digital emergency (“Man Down”) and “Lone Worker” capabilities.

These technology features were implemented in Hytera Communications’ DMR products, which were developed “at a very quick pace” after Hytera—a company that previously manufactured only analog radios that “were quickly becoming ‘obsolete’”—began hiring engineers who had resigned from Motorola Solutions in 2008, according to the lawsuit. At the heart of Hytera’s digital technology was improperly obtained intellectual property that was developed and funded by Motorola Solutions, the litigation alleges.

“Motorola has been building its radios and its reputation for almost a century, and Hytera tried to hijack both in just a few months—and continues to do so to this day,” according to the lawsuit.

A day after the filing, Hytera Communications provided the following statement about the legal action taken by Motorola Solutions:

"We have read Motorola Solutions' news release published on its company website and are aware of its complaint," according to the Hytera statement. "Hytera's policy is not to comment on cases that are presently before a court.

"As a global company headquarterd in Shenzhen, China, Hytera upholds a high ethical standard for business and strictly complies with the laws and regulations in the markets where we operate. Hytera firmly believes that its business practices and operations will be fully vindicated. Hytera aspires to, and will continue to, be the trusted partner for our customers and a respectful global corporate citizen."

Hytera Communications acquired the intellectual property after hiring three engineers that had resigned from Motorola Solutions, according to the lawsuit. All three of the engineers cited in the case—Samuel Chia, Y.T Kok and G.S. Kok—continue to work at Hytera Communication in senior-level positions today, according to a Motorola Solutions press release.

“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,” according to the Motorola Solutions press release.

“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.”

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby RFguy » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:07 am

Looks pretty cut and dry to me. Say what you want about Motorola, they invest heavily in product resarch and development and that investment should be protected.

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby JPOPatents » Sat Mar 18, 2017 9:54 am

Motorola thinks that it owns VOX, DTP and LBS implemented in Trbo radios? I would take that part of the case. The lawsuit also alleges that Hytera radios have no substantial noninfringing use. Well, how about analog?

Anyway, my opinions aside, this is one to watch.
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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby firecomm » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:04 am

RFguy wrote:Looks pretty cut and dry to me. Say what you want about Motorola, they invest heavily in product resarch and development and that investment should be protected.


That they do. I figured some folks on here would be interested in this one.

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby Astro Spectra » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:15 am

@firecomm, for reasons of privacy you might want to edit the link you posted deleting the first question mark and all the personalised information that follows.

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby syntor9k » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:13 pm

I think Mot thinks they own PTT too. They better hope I'm not a Juror on that case...

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby RFguy » Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:10 pm

Sounds like the suit against Hytera is just the beginning. More to follow in the next wee or so.

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby kf4sqb » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:37 am

JPOPatents wrote:Motorola thinks that it owns VOX, DTP and LBS implemented in Trbo radios? I would take that part of the case. The lawsuit also alleges that Hytera radios have no substantial noninfringing use. Well, how about analog?

Anyway, my opinions aside, this is one to watch.


You have to look at it a bit broader. Motorola owns VOX, when applied to a this type of radio system. Motorola owns LBS, when used in this type of radio system. It isn't that they own the term itself, its that they own the term when used in a specific application. So, yes, Motorola "owns" VOX, DTP, and LBS AS IMPLEMENTED in Trbo radios. So go ahead, take that part of the case. Good luck.
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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby MSS-Dave » Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:02 pm

I haven't seen Hytera's response posted so here it is. Sorry if it is a double

March 22, 2017




Hytera Statement on Motorola Solutions’ Litigation




We are disappointed that Motorola Solutions has chosen to bring lawsuits against Hytera rather than compete in the marketplace. We are ready to respond vigorously to Motorola Solutions’ allegations, and are fully confident that Hytera will be vindicated in U.S. federal court.



Today’s radio communications markets are evolving, demanding new solutions, and are best served by continuous innovation from all market participants. Hytera devotes extensive investments and efforts to advancing its technology offerings and solutions to meet the growing needs of radio communications markets for products in TETRA, DMR, PDT and other radio technologies.



Hytera is built on innovation. Hytera has been one of the leading intellectual property owners in the industry over the last two decades. Since filing its first patent application in 2000, Hytera has been awarded 418 patents worldwide covering numerous innovations and advancements, including 238 patents relating to digital products. Hytera has been proactively protecting its innovative technologies. Given Hytera’s own global strategy of intellectual property protection, we have great respect for the intellectual property rights of others.



By choosing the courtroom over the marketplace, Motorola Solutions is running from legitimate competition and attempting to use its size and market position to intimidate and prevent other radio communications companies like Hytera from achieving the same level of success in the United States that it currently has around the world.



On the other hand, as the fastest growing radio communications company in the world, Hytera embraces competition. Competition results in increased innovation and more choices for dealers and customers – and our customers always come first. Hytera will continue to stand by these principles and compete ethically and vigorously to bring cutting-edge products and solutions to the market. Nothing will change our focus.

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby k3jct » Fri May 05, 2017 3:32 pm

http://www.norsat.com/news-releases/nor ... th-hytera/
I wonder if Moto will stop buying Sinclair products?

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby RFguy » Fri May 05, 2017 7:13 pm

k3jct wrote:http://www.norsat.com/news-releases/norsat-enters-into-definitive-agreement-with-hytera/
I wonder if Moto will stop buying Sinclair products?


Very disappointing news. Sinclair played with outsourcing components before and quality suffered. We use Sinclair antennas/filtering almost exclusively. Hopefully this won't be a bad thing.

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby Astro Spectra » Sat May 06, 2017 5:50 am

+1 on Sinclair. Well made, excellent performance, outstanding support. Nothing not to like, eh?

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Re: Motorola Solutions sues Hytera Communications for using stolen patents, trade secrets

Postby escomm » Sat May 06, 2017 8:13 am

Astro Spectra wrote:+1 on Sinclair. Well made, excellent performance, outstanding support. Nothing not to like, eh?

I don't like their exceptionally long lead times and poor customer service

Also their SD110 antennas are trash

:lol:


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