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History of Case

Northern District of Illinois Case Background

On March 14, 2017, Motorola Solutions brought a trade secret theft lawsuit against Hytera in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Our claims alleged:

  • Three engineers resigned from Motorola Solutions to join Hytera, where they had key roles in developing Hytera’s infringing products using misappropriated Motorola Solutions technologies. 

  • Hytera stole over 10,000 of Motorola Solutions’ confidential documents, millions of lines of Motorola Solutions’ highly confidential source code and took steps to conceal its theft to avoid detection.     

  • Hytera’s product portfolio of two-way radios and repeaters is based on Motorola Solutions’ proprietary intellectual property.

During pre-trial discovery, Motorola Solutions discovered that Hytera also unlawfully copied Motorola Solutions’ source code into the source code used in Hytera products in violation of U.S. copyright laws. As a result, on July 30, 2018, Motorola Solutions amended its trade secret theft lawsuit to include copyright infringement claims.

In its verdict, the jury found that Hytera’s misappropriation of Motorola Solutions’ trade secrets was willful and malicious, and awarded significant compensatory and punitive damages.