It sounds like Motorola is upset that Hytera is giving them a run for their money. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in court.
You are correct, sir! Just look at the dirty dealings Motorola had in Knox County, Tennessee. I will add the link below to the news story. They managed to shut down a vote to award Harris a contract with Knox County, and some of the ways they did it, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel, was by shutting people out of the 9-1-1 board, and utilizing previous dealings with personnel within the departments.Yup, Motorola is known for crying when they loose the bid on a large system and they demand a recount or whatever it takes for them to win. Even though they may have the inferior system....
Then there is their insane software licensing, do them wrong there and you can do more time for that than if you murdered somebody.
You are correct. Motorola is alleging that several employees took thousands of files with them when they made the jump to Hytera and Hytera used those files to build their own line of DMR radios.The story is about intellectual property which Motorola rightly wants to protect. Equally workers, craftsmen, and engineers are free to move between companies in the same field and continue to practice their trade, craft, or discipline.
Where this crosses the line is the allegation that thousands of files were taken. Sounds like theft to me.
I don't see anything in the story about software licensing or contract bids?
I was told by a Hytera salesman that the head of Hytera renamed the company HYT "era" because it was his vision to end the Motorola "era" by competing head to head with them. Pretty ballsy, and they do have a nice product line. DMR radios are built to ETSI standards, so it will be interesting to learn what intellectual property Motorola claims they are infringing. Maybe the use of a PTT switch or some roaming feature.It sounds like Motorola is upset that Hytera is giving them a run for their money. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in court.
There it is. Regardless if Motorola is right, They want to eliminate their competition.Motorola Solutions is seeking to stop Hytera’s sales and import of the infringing products into the United States.
True, but if you read the complaint, most of the features described are pretty basic to the operation of radios and repeaters. Is Motorola holding back essential patents for the DMR standard? The preamble of the complaint is pretty inflammatory. Not saying HYTERA and those employees didn't do as alleged, but can they prove these allegations of downloading 7000 documents 8 years prior?
Very true, there are plenty of automobiles that regulate the radio volume in exactly this way, the concept is not exactly novel. Also many of the other patents seem very obvious to me. I would think a jury is going to be very jaded by this and biased toward Motorola.https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm
Exhibit 7 is patent 9,099,972 ( Method and apparatus for multi-stage adaptive volume control ). I'm interested in watching the defense of this element of the case. After almost 20 years on the other side, I'm getting some popcorn and waiting for the show to start.
Having seen the products, I can see why Motorola may be threatened by their competition. This is one case I will be following.From: Motorola Sues Hytera for Patent Infringement, Trade Secret Misappropriation
There it is. Regardless if Motorola is right, They want to eliminate their competition.
Hopefully Hytera does not woo Motorolas crappy software engineers... Hytera seems to produce decent software and firmware, unlike Motorola, for their terminals
Because Hytera has a sales and distribution presence in the U.S. The other Chinese manufacturers who may or may not be stealing Motorola's IP don't, for the most part, have a presence in the U.S. They just ship stuff here that other companies sell. You can't squeeze anything out of someone who can't be reached by the long arm of the law. Motorola can sue Hytera because they are operating here within the jurisdiction of the court where Motorola filed the suit.Also, with all the inferior knock off products from China, why target Hytera?