Letter To Customers
Letter To Customers
Letter to Motorola Solutions Customers
February 14, 2020
I am writing to share an important update regarding our litigation against Hytera Communications. Earlier today, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois decided in favor of Motorola Solutions in our trade secret theft and copyright infringement case against Hytera. This marks another clear and compelling victory in our ongoing efforts to protect our valuable intellectual property for the benefit of our industry and our stakeholders, including you – our valued customers. You can read the press release we issued here.
As you may know, we have filed legal complaints against Hytera in jurisdictions around the world to stop Hytera’s improper and illegal use of Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property and protect our innovative technologies. The U.S. International Trade Commission and the Regional Courts of Mannheim and Dusseldorf in Germany all previously found that Hytera infringes Motorola Solutions’ patents. Today’s win in U.S. Federal Court is another important victory. Specifically, the jury found that Hytera’s two-way radios and repeaters are utilizing stolen Motorola Solutions trade secrets. In addition, the jury found that Hytera unlawfully copied Motorola Solutions’ source code into the source code used in Hytera products. Remarkably, after steadfastly denying any wrongdoing in the years prior to trial, Hytera admitted during trial that in fact it has thousands of Motorola Solutions confidential documents in its possession and that even today some of its products still contain stolen Motorola Solutions source code.
This outcome further validates our global litigation against Hytera and underscores our commitment to holding Hytera accountable for stealing Motorola Solutions’ intellectual property. In terms of next steps, we intend to seek an injunction preventing Hytera from further misappropriating Motorola Solutions’ stolen trade secrets and infringing its copyrights. Importantly, today’s news has no impact on how we serve you or work together – providing you with exceptional products and solutions remains our top priority, and we continue to offer our full suite of best-in-class products, services and solutions.
As a reminder, in addition to the trade secret theft and copyright infringement case we won today, Motorola Solutions’ patent infringement lawsuit against Hytera is pending in the Illinois District Court and is expected to go to trial in late 2020 or early 2021. That case asserts that Hytera’s two-way radios, repeaters and dispatch systems are infringing seven patents owned by Motorola Solutions, and that Hytera’s “redesigned” i-Series products are infringing at least four of those patents. These are U.S. Patent Nos. 6,591,111; 7,369,869; 7,729,701; 8,032,169; 8,116,284; 8,279,991; and 9,099,972.
Thank you, as always, for your support as a valued Motorola Solutions customer.
Executive Vice President
Products & Sales