Hytera has published a statement responding to Motorola Solutions’ filing of complaints against the company in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois earlier this month. Hytera has said that it is disappointed that Motorola Solutions has chosen its current course of action rather than “compete in the market place”.
Motorola Solutions is alleging that Hytera’s DMR two-way radios, base stations, repeaters and dispatch systems – as well as its related commercialisation and sales activities – are infringing its patents and using “stolen Motorola Solutions trade secrets.”
The statement from Hytera reads: “We are ready to respond vigorously to Motorola Solutions’ allegations, and are fully confident that Hytera will be vindicated in US 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.”
The statement continues: “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.”
The case originates from Motorola Solutions’ claims that three of its ex-employees – GS Kok, Samuel Chia and YT Kok – “surreptitiously downloaded and misappropriated more than 7,000 technical, marketing, sales, and legal documents related to Motorola Solutions’ digital radio and infrastructure products,” before being employed by Hytera.
Motorola Solutions maintains that Hytera’s digital two-way radios have features used in proprietary MotoTRBO products, “often using the exact feature names".