U.S. Justice Department accuses Chinese telecom giant Hytera of stealing Motorola technology

The U.S. Department of Justice has accused Hytera, a major communications company in various countries, of conspiring with former employees of Motorola Solutions to steal Motorola’s digital mobile radio technology (DMR). At present, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a complaint against Hytera, including a total of 21 criminal charges including conspiracy to steal trade secrets.

According to the indictment against Hytera released by the federal court in Chicago, Illinois, on the 7th, Motorola has developed digital mobile radio technology after years of design and research. During the period from 2007 to 2020, Hytera recruited former Motorola employees through generous salaries and benefits, and instructed them to obtain proprietary commercial confidential information about digital mobile radio technology from Motorola through “unauthorized” methods, in order to speed up the process. Hytera-related product development, training of Hytera’s employees, and marketing and sales of Hytera’s DMR products worldwide.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the indictment charges Hytera on 21 criminal counts including conspiracy to steal trade secrets. If Hytera is convicted, it could face a fine of three times the value of the trade secrets stolen, including research, design and other related costs.

In this regard, Mark Hacker, executive vice president of Motorola Solutions, pointed out that the U.S. Department of Justice’s charges against Hytera reflect that these illegal actions were carefully planned, and will continue to file lawsuits against Hytera globally in the future to prevent the company from continuing infringement. Hytera expressed disappointment and disapproval of the allegations made by the US Department of Justice.

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