Upholds Validity of Additional Motorola Solutions Patent, Clearing Path for District Court Patent Trial
Decision Marks Rejection of Hytera’s Fourth Attempt to Invalidate Motorola Solutions’ Patents
Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI) today announced that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the “PTAB”) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a final written decision in the reexamination of Motorola Solutions’ U.S. Patent No. 8,279,991 (“the ‘991 patent”), which relates to Motorola Solutions’ time-division multiple access (TDMA) technology. The PTAB rejected all validity challenges related to the patent raised by Hytera Communications Corporation Limited (SHE:002583) (“Hytera”). Importantly, the ‘991 patent enables key functionality that provides Motorola Solutions’ customers with innovative capabilities that ensure products are highly reliable, safe and efficient.
“We are pleased that the USPTO’s Patent and Trial Appeal Board has upheld the validity of all four of our patents, underscoring the strength of our intellectual property and our claims against Hytera,” said Mark Hacker, general counsel and chief administrative officer of Motorola Solutions. “Once again, Hytera has failed in its attempts to undermine the validity of our patents and we will continue to take the necessary actions to defend our intellectual property around the world. We look forward to presenting these patents claims against Hytera’s i-Series products to a jury in Chicago, Illinois, after our trial on Hytera’s trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement in November.”
This decision marks the PTAB’s rejection of Hytera’s fourth attempt to invalidate Motorola Solutions’ patents, including three patents that the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) found Hytera was intentionally infringing. After losing in the ITC, Hytera vigorously pursued its bid in the USPTO to invalidate Motorola Solutions’ patents U.S. Patent Nos. 6,591,111; 7,369,869; 8,116,284; and 8,279,991. With the PTAB’s announcement of its decision on the ‘911 patent, the PTAB has now rejected all four of Hytera’s challenges.
All four of these patents are currently asserted by Motorola Solutions against Hytera in a patent litigation lawsuit pending in United States District Court in Chicago, Illinois. In that suit, Motorola Solutions is seeking an injunction against Hytera’s “i-Series” product line. Notably, Hytera’s i-Series was released in response to the ITC orders banning Hytera’s prior products from being imported into the United States. Hytera has removed from its i-Series products key features covered by Motorola Solutions’ patents, significantly impacting performance. As a result of the PTAB’s orders, Hytera will be precluded from raising certain prior art invalidity defenses in the District Court proceedings.
For additional information regarding Motorola Solutions' legal actions against Hytera, please visit https://newsroom.motorolasolutions.com/presskits/motorola-solutions-intellectual-property.htm.
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