Motorola Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Hytera in Australia
Monday, July 31, 2017 | Comments

Motorola Solutions filed its sixth lawsuit in the last five months against Hytera Communications as it filed a complaint alleging patent infringement by Hytera Communications of Australia in the Federal Court of Australia.

The complaint alleges that certain Hytera digital mobile radios offered in Australia infringe three of Motorola Solutions’ Australian patents: AU2005275355, AU2006276960, AU2009298764. Motorola asked for a declaration from the court that Hytera has infringed Motorola’s patents and an order permanently restraining Hytera from continued infringement, as well as damages and any additional relief the court finds appropriate.

“As the world’s leading provider of two-way radio equipment and systems, we are committed to vigorously enforcing our valuable intellectual property rights on behalf of our customers, shareholders, employees, partners and other stakeholders,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “This filing in the Federal Court of Australia is a continuation of our global efforts to safeguard Motorola Solutions’ proven record of technological innovation and our extensive portfolio of more than 4,000 patents. We are confident in the merits of each case and will continue to pursue legal remedies to stop Hytera’s infringing behavior.”

In March, Motorola Solutions filed theft of trade secrets and patent infringement cases in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Since then the company has also filed patent infringement cases against Hytera with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the Regional Court of Düsseldorf in Germany, and the Regional Court of Mannheim, also in Germany.

The Illinois patent infringement case is on hold pending the ITC case. In the trade secrets case, Hytera filed a motion asking the judge to dismiss the case, arguing that the statute of limitations has passed and Motorola’s original complaint was too vague to respond to. The two parties have traded responses to that motion and are awaiting an order on the motion from Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan.

An initial hearing for the Australian case is set for Aug. 29.

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