Motorola Files Patent Complaints Against Hytera in German Court
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | Comments

Motorola Solutions filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Munder, Germany.

The German regional court complaints asserted that Hytera’s two-way wireless communications devices that use “pseudo-trunking” functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 2 342 851 B1. Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the pseudo-trunking feature in Germany, as well as the recall and destruction of infringing products and various damages.

“Today’s action is another important step in our efforts to protect Motorola Solutions’ long and distinguished track record of innovation,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “We are committed to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property, including our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents, for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world. We remain confident that the legal actions we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

The action in Germany follows a patent infringement complaint filed by Motorola Solutions against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois seeking to stop Hytera’s sales and import of the infringing products into the United States.

In a March statement, Hytera said it is “ready to respond vigorously to Motorola Solutions’ allegations.”

“We are disappointed that Motorola Solutions has chosen to bring lawsuits against Hytera rather than compete in the marketplace,” the Hytera statement said. “Today’s radio communications markets are evolving, demanding new solutions and are best served by continuous innovation from all market participants.”

Hytera purchased the Rohde & Schwarz Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) business in Germany in 2011. Hytera’s pseudo-trunking feature is included in its Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) product line.

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