Motorola Files New Patent Complaints Against Hytera in Germany
Monday, July 24, 2017 | Comments

Motorola Solutions filed new patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany against Hytera Communications and Hytera Mobilfunk. The actions are in addition to the company’s patent infringement complaints filed against Hytera in the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in April.

Motorola Solutions seeks an injunction preventing Hytera from offering and delivering products with the accused squelch feature in Germany, as well as the recall and destruction of infringing products and various damages.

The new Mannheim Court complaints assert that Hytera’s two-way wireless communications devices with improved squelch functionality are infringing Motorola Solutions’ patent EP 1 139 562 B1. The focus of the new cases differs from the other patents that Motorola Solutions previously asserted against Hytera and represents the second patent covering acoustic performance of two-way radio devices.

“Each legal action we take furthers our commitment to safeguarding our valuable intellectual property for the benefit of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders around the world,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “This case, in addition to the case filed in the Düsseldorf court, demonstrates the breadth of our patent portfolio, in terms of both technology and geographic scope. We are confident that the steps we are taking globally will be effective in stopping Hytera’s unlawful conduct.”

With the additional actions in Germany, Motorola Solutions now has five pending intellectual property (IP) litigations against Hytera, including a patent infringement complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) in March and separate patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation complaints filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

In the latest development in the trade secrets case, Motorola argued that it is still within the statute of limitations and that it provided adequate information for Hytera, in its response to Hytera’s motion to dismiss Motorola’s theft of trade secrets lawsuit. A judge placed a stay on the patent infringement case until the ITC concludes its investigation into a patent infringement complaint Motorola filed with it.

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