Hytera Appeals Jury Ruling in Motorola Theft of Trade Secrets Case
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 | Comments

Hytera Communications filed an appeal of an Illinois jury’s finding that it stole and incorporated Motorola Solutions’ trade secrets in its Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) products.

In its appeal, which was filed September 7 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hytera said that it also plans to appeal a variety of other actions and orders related to the jury’s decision. In February 2020, a jury for the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois found in favor of Motorola Solutions and awarded the company $764.6 million in damages.

Some of the other orders that Hytera specifically called out in its appeal include District Judge Charles Norgle’s decision on a Hytera motion for partial summary judgement and a decision on whether or not Motorola could pursue damages outside of Illinois and outside of the U.S.

In its petition, Hytera also asked the appeals court to review a variety of decisions the Illinois court made after the jury’s judgement was entered. Those decisions included a denial of a Hytera request for a new trial and reduction of damages, as well as the court’s decision on allowing Motorola to collect attorneys fees in the case. Hytera said it also plans to appeal a court order issued on August 10 that awarded Motorola $51,128,975 in prejudgement interest, as well as an August 6 order that allows Motorola to collect an amended bill of costs in the case in full.

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