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PDT Licensing


Professional Digital Trunking (PDT) is a National Standard developed specifically for use in the People's Republic of China (PRC) by an alliance of manufacturers and the Ministry of Public Safety (MPS).

Motorola Solutions' PDT Standards-Based Licensing program grants rights to Motorola Solutions' PDT essential patent families. Since Motorola Solutions' patent portfolio is large and expanding, additional patents determined to be essential to the PDT standard are occasionally identified. Once identified, Motorola Solutions declares the patent to the PDT standard and PDT licensees automatically gain access to these patents without additional cost or administrative burden.

The term of a Motorola Solutions PDT Standards-Based License is for the life of the last-to-expire essential patents, or until both parties decide to cease PDT equipment manufacturing, whichever comes first. Generally, the license may not be transferred to another party, but Motorola Solutions will consider requests to do so on a case-by-case basis. Grants will include the right to make, distribute and sell PDT compliant equipment within mainland China. The PDT Standards-Based License is subject to reciprocity. That is, licensees are required to cross-license any patents they may own or control that may be essential to the PDT standard or that are found to be essential in the future.

Equipment manufacturers entering the PDT marketplace are encouraged to contact Motorola Solutions' Licensing Department to obtain the necessary essential patent rights prior to fielding equipment. The Motorola Solutions PDT Essential Patent License is available to any manufacturer and it is free of charge. 

The license may be obtained through a simple registration process. Prospective licensees first need to secure documented approval from the PDT Alliance. Next, download, complete, and sign the PDT Standards-Based License Agreement. Once complete, email copies of both the PDT Alliance approval and the PDT License Agreement to A fully executed copy of the Agreement will be returned to the licensee via email.

Customers or agencies seeking to purchase or use PDT equipment should discuss essential patent license rights with their prospective vendor/manufacturer. Unwelcome delays, program risks and costs can be encountered if PDT equipment is purchased from an unlicensed manufacturer. We suggest you visit this site periodically to determine if your preferred supplier is licensed.