A Chinese telecommunications firm has been indicted over an alleged insider operation aimed at stealing trade secrets belonging to Motorola.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) said on Monday that Hytera Communications Corp “recruited and hired Motorola Solutions employees and directed them to take proprietary and trade secret information from Motorola without authorization.”
According to the indictment, unsealed in the Northern District of Illinois, Motorola and Hytera both moved from the sale of analog mobile radios (walkie-talkies) to digital mobile radios (“DMRs”) after a 2004 announcement by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that vendors must make the shift by 2013.
Motorola began working on digital radios in the same year as the FCC’s decree.
“Hundreds of Motorola employees spent years developing the hardware and software solutions to design, manufacture, market, and sell DMRs,” the DoJ says. “By 2007, Motorola marketed and sold DMR products in the United States, and elsewhere, including the Northern District of Illinois.”
Three years later, Hytera launched its own commercial shift to DMRs, with sales made by affiliates in the United States.
However, Shenzhen-based Hytera had recruited a number of former Motorola employees between 2008 and 2009.
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