Hytera wins trademark infringement suit against the Tytera brand, adds over-the-air encryption
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

Hytera has won a trademark infringement suit in Hunan Province, China, against Quanzhou TYT Electronics Co., Ltd, for the latter’s use of the “Tytera” brand name

The Changsha Intermediate People's Court of Hunan Province ordered the Quanzhou TYT Electronics Co., Ltd. to pay Hytera RMB 2,800,000 (£327,910) as damages and ruled that it must immediately cease all the infringement activities.

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, used to be known as Shenzhen HYT Science & Technology Co., Ltd., launched “Hytera” as its new corporate brand and digital product line brand in March, 2010, while “HYT” remained as its analogue product line brand.

Hytera, which currently is in a number of intellectual property/patent disputes with Motorola Solutions (which has accused Hytera of “unlawfully importing and selling two-way radio equipment and systems and related software and components that infringe Motorola Solutions’ patents”), states that it firmly believes in intellectual property rights and says that its brand and registered trademarks “embody innovation and originality”.

Last year, Hytera devoted around 15 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development. As of 2017, Hytera has applied for more than 543 patents relating to digital products, 238 of which were granted. In the first half of 2017, Hytera filed for 110 patents in China and has been awarded 73 patents, 17 of which were filed under the Patent Cooperation Treat (PCT).

In related news, Hytera has boosted the security of its DMR radio products by adding over-the-air encryption at no charge. This increases users’ protection against interception.

Over-the-air encryption protects radio communications on DMR repeaters and DMR radios from unauthorized access from the moment of signalling to set up the call. This means that all of the information is encrypted, from call setup through to reception at the transmitter.

Hytera claims that this level of comprehensive protection against interception it now provides to DMR users is unique. It adds that as the new feature encrypts the call setup signalling, it is no longer possible for the call type and call identifier of the radios involved in the call to be intercepted or or for third-party radios to make use of someone else’s Hytera DMR repeater.

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