Dear Hytera Dealers,
Motorola Solutions has again taken a normal court process as an opportunity to continue its misinformation campaign against Hytera. Most recently, a press release from Motorola Solutions misrepresented the facts about Hytera’s new-generation i-Series DMR products.
On August 15th, 2019, the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division set the case management dates leading up to July 2020 for Case No. 17-cv-1972, which Motorola Solutions filed on March 14, 2017, asserting that Hytera infringed a certain number of patents. This is a normal part of the court process and no trial date has been set. It should be noted that Motorola Solutions sought to have the trial in March 2020 with minimal discovery, and the court rejected Motorola Solutions’ request. While Motorola Solutions continues to mislead the public, we find it necessary to reiterate the following points.
First, on November 16, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in Hytera’s favor in its final decision regarding new designs developed by Hytera, our i-Series DMR products. The ITC’s final order made clear that Hytera’s new-generation i-Series products do not infringe Motorola Solutions’ patents, which was also affirmed by the presidential review in January 2019.
Second, the i-Series is part of Hytera’s ongoing commitment to the U.S. land mobile radio market to keep bringing innovative features to our DMR portfolio. The products and features included in this generation have been well received by the market since the beginning of 2019. Contrary to Motorola Solutions’ repeated and intentional misinformation, our i-Series incorporates many new significant features, such as full duplex calling, single frequency repeater and optimized PTT (push-to-talk), over-the-air programming and enhanced GPS. More details on these features can be found here.
Third, Motorola Solutions overstated the importance of the features it contends are covered by its patents. Motorola Solutions has no basis to comment on how Hytera’s customers use our radios, and such statements are simply untrue.
Fourth, Motorola Solutions is a defendant of a patent infringement case in federal district court in Cleveland, Ohio, filed by Hytera. Hytera believes that Motorola Solutions is infringing our U.S. Patent No. 9,183,846, which covers our industry-leading sound adjustment control technology. In January 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Motorola Solutions’ request of inter partes review of claims of this patent, which means Motorola Solutions failed in trying to invalidate our patent.
Fifth, Motorola Solutions is a defendant in an anti-trust case alleging a range of anticompetitive behaviors within the land mobile radio market, including exclusive dealing, sham petitioning of government agencies, and wide-ranging misrepresentations about Hytera. As ever, Motorola Solutions is trying to drive out competition, while we continue our focus on progressing land mobile radio technology in the U.S. market.
We look forward to continuing to provide land mobile radio customers with a competitive, cost-effective choice in the marketplace. While Motorola is focused on excluding competitors, spreading misinformation, and monopolizing the market, Hytera remains committed to innovation and delivering affordable land mobile radio solutions that ensure a safer world.
21 August 2019