Motorola Solutions Retracts CEO’s Statements on Huawei
Monday, January 14, 2019 | Comments

Motorola Solutions retracted comments about prior trade secret litigations with Huawei Technologies made by CEO Greg Brown on Fox Business Network in December.

In a statement released Jan. 11, Motorola Solutions said Brown “made certain comments regarding prior trade secret litigations between Motorola Solutions and Huawei Technologies. Motorola Solutions and Huawei amicably resolved their dispute through a settlement agreement executed in April 2011. The parties then agreed to and issued a joint public statement on April 13, 2011, which is reproduced below in its entirety. In light of the joint public statement made on April 13, 2011, upon reflection, the comments on Fox Business Network should not have been made and Motorola Solutions retracts these comments.”

During the interview, Brown said that starting in 1972 when then President Richard Nixon made a call from China with a Motorola-provided satellite phone, the country was a lucrative market for Motorola. He said things began to change about a decade ago and he decided about eight years ago to get mostly out of the market. The company has no manufacturing or research and development (R&D) in China.

Brown said about 15 years ago in the height of Motorola’s business in China, the company had more than $3 billion in revenue and 15,000 people in China. It currently has $170 million in revenue from China and 170 employees there. “It’s a different game,” Brown said on the news show.

In the 2011 statement, Motorola Solutions agreed to withdraw its claims and dismiss, with prejudice, Huawei as a defendant in the litigation pending in the Chicago federal district court. Huawei agreed to withdraw its claims and dismiss, with prejudice, its lawsuit against Motorola Solutions and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) in the Chicago federal district court and to resolve its claims against Motorola Solutions and NSN by entering into an agreement that allows Motorola Solutions to transfer its commercial agreements with Huawei to NSN for a fee, and allows NSN to receive and use Huawei confidential information to service the networks Motorola deployed worldwide using Huawei’s products and technologies.

In 2000, Motorola and Huawei entered into an agreement during which Motorola resold certain Huawei products under the Motorola name. During the next 10 years, Motorola purchased $880 million in technology from Huawei that covered core networks and radio access networks, the statement said.

The news comes as Motorola has brought litigation during the past two years against Chinese competitor Hytera Communications in three countries including the United States. Huawei executives recently have been arrested in Canada and Poland on charges of fraud and spying, respectively.

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On 1/18/19, bruce marcus said:
Public safety should be on alert that NSN supplies Motorola networks with Huawei products that may be banned for security reasons in the U.S.

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