Federal Indictment Charges PRC-Based Telecom Company Of Conspiring With Former Motorola Solutions Employees To Steal Technology | takeover bid
A federal indictment was unsealed today in the Northern District of Illinois, charging a telecommunications company with conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The indictment alleges that a telecommunications company conspired with former employees of Chicago-based Motorola Solutions Inc. to steal digital mobile radio (DMR) technology developed by Motorola.
According to court documents, Motorola Solutions developed DMR technology through years of research and design. Motorola Solutions marketed and sold the radios, sometimes called “walkie-talkies”, in the United States and elsewhere. The indictment alleges that Hytera Communications Corp. PRC-based LTD recruited and hired employees of Motorola Solutions and ordered them to take proprietary information and trade secrets from Motorola without permission. The charges allege that, while still employed at Motorola, some of the employees accessed trade secret information from Motorola’s internal database and sent several emails outlining their intentions to use technology at Hytera. .
As alleged, from 2007 to 2020, Hytera and recruited employees used Motorola’s proprietary information and trade secrets to accelerate the development of Hytera’s DMR products, train Hytera employees, and market and sell Motorola’s DMR products. Hytera worldwide, the indictment states. According to the indictment, Hytera paid recruited employees higher salaries and benefits than they received at Motorola.
The 21-count indictment was partially unsealed today in U.S. District Court in Chicago by court order. He accuses Hytera of conspiracy to steal trade secrets. Hytera and others are also charged with possessing or attempting to possess stolen trade secrets. The names of other defendants who did not appear in U.S. District Court are redacted.
If found guilty, Hytera faces a potential criminal fine of three times the value of the stolen trade secret to the company, including research, design and other costs it avoided. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering US sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.
Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice, Senior U.S. Attorney John C. Kocoras for the Northern District of Illinois, and Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. of the Field Office of the FBI in Chicago made the announcement.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Melody Wells, Steven Dollear, and Vikas Didwania for the Northern District of Illinois are prosecuting the case, with valuable assistance from U.S. Attorney Nic Hunter of the US Counterintelligence and Export Controls Section. National Security Division.
An indictment is only an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.