Hytera-Motorola Solutions trade-secret trial set to begin Nov. 1
Motorola Solutions and Hytera Communications are scheduled to argue their positions in a trade-secret and copyright trial that is scheduled to begin on Nov. 1 after a U.S. District Court judge denied Hytera Communications’ request to dismiss the case with a summary-judgment ruling earlier this month. Filed on March 14, 2017, with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, the lawsuit from Motorola Solutions claims that Hytera Communications improperly used Motorola Solutions’ trade secrets and infringed on Motorola Solutions’ copyrights in developing and building Hytera’s DMR business in the United States.
Hytera sought a partial summary judgment to dismiss the trade-secrets portion of the case, arguing that the statute of limitations had passed before Motorola Solutions filed its claim. Under Illinois state law, Motorola Solutions must file its claim within five years for the case to be heard; under federal law, the statute of limitations is three years, with the time threshold beginning when the plaintiff “knows or reasonably should know of the injury.”