Hytera Rebuts Motorola Solutions Effort to Add Copyright in Trade Secrets Case, Says Claims Are Vague, Deficient

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Global digital mobile radio (DMR) communications solutions provider Hytera Communications Corp., Ltd. and its US subsidiaries Miramar, Fla.-based Hytera America, Inc. and Irvine, Calif.-based Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. have filed a motion to dismiss an amended complaint filed by Chicago, Ill.-based Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) in July 2018 that seeks to add allegations of copyright infringement to MSI's trade secrets complaint in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, an effort Hytera describes as vague and thus deficient.

Hytera points out in its Memorandum to the Court in support of its motion to dismiss that Motorola Solutions has had access to Hytera's documents, products, source code, and communications for over a year, but that "Motorola's newly filed copyright infringement allegations … are just a vague recitation of the elements of a copyright claim, offering no description or detail on any portion of its software that it believes was copied." Hytera's Memorandum adds that "A well-pled claim for copyright infringement demands more than conclusory allegations that something may be protectable or might have been copied."

"Motorola Solutions waited a full year to file its request to amend its complaint, only doing so after having suffered a significant reversal in its request for extensive and burdensome discovery this past May," said Tom Wineland, Vice President of Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. "MSI could have filed this same amended pleading a year ago."

Hytera's Memorandum notes, "MSI could have spared the Illinois Court from wasting resources and having to restart this litigation while a fully briefed summary judgment motion was pending. At best, Motorola's timing is suspect; at worst, it was a well-coordinated effort to delay summary judgment and prolong litigation." Hytera states in its Memorandum that Motorola Solutions in pleading its claim "not only fails to identify any specific examples of copying or any specific facts supporting copying, but fails even to define its code." The Memorandum concludes with Hytera's request of the Court to dismiss Motorola's copyright claim with prejudice or order Motorola to provide a more definite statement of its allegations so Hytera can respond.

Hytera's DMR products are used by commercial industries, such as energy companies and utilities, public transportation authorities, municipal public safety organizations and emergency management response teams, and by event organizers, public schools and other educational institutions. Hytera's DMR radio communications equipment includes handsets and mobile terminals, base stations and repeaters, and dispatching and management software.

"Motorola Solutions' newly added claim is an attempt to restart this case and get a second bite of the apple with respect to discovery," added Wineland. "Motorola Solutions continues to use serial legal maneuvers to interfere with Hytera's relationships with dealers and customers. Nonetheless, Hytera continues to compete in the US marketplace with our industry-leading products and solutions, and our dealers and customers continue to benefit from Hytera's focus on innovation."

About Hytera

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited is a leading global provider of innovative professional land mobile radio (LMR) communications solutions to governmental organizations, public security institutions, and customers from other industries including transportation, oil and gas, and many others around the world. Hytera is one of the few companies worldwide that offers market-leading TETRA, DMR, and PDT technologies across geographies and offers products and solutions under all mainstream digital protocols.

Founded in Shenzhen, P.R.C. in 1993 and listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (002583.SZ), Hytera has ten research and development centers around the world and has partnered with companies in the U.S. since 2000. In 2004, Hytera established its first U.S. subsidiary, Hytera America, Inc.; it established Hytera Communications America (West), Inc. in 2016. Hytera owns PowerTrunk, Inc., and Sepura LLC, and has research and servicing facilities in Schaumburg, Ill. More information is at www.hytera.com.

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Business Wire: 13:00 GMT Friday 14th September 2018

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