A U.S. federal jury awarded Motorola Solutions $764.6 million in compensation in a copyright infringement lawsuit against Chinese rival Hytera Communications Corp.
Shenzhen-based Hytera said it was disappointed by the jury’s verdict and will appeal if the decision is upheld by the court.
The jury at a federal district court in Chicago found that Hytera had stolen Motorola Solutions’ trade secrets for two-way radio technology used in walkie-talkies and infringed Motorola’s copyrights. The jury awarded Motorola $345.8 million in compensatory damages and $418.8 million in punitive damages, the maximum amounts that Motorola Solutions had requested.
Hytera said Monday in a statement that the ruling will have a significant impact on the company’s net income in 2019 and it doesn’t rule out a decline in profit or a loss. The company had expected a 2019 net profit of 480 million to 580 million yuan ($68.6 million to $82.9 million), compared with 477 million yuan in 2019. It is scheduled to release its annual report April 8.
Motorola is Hytera’s direct competitor in the global market for walkie-talkies. The American company brought a series of lawsuits against its rival since 2017. An earlier ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission had banned the import and sale of certain walkie-talkie products by Hytera in the U.S. Another copyright infringement lawsuit against Hytera is still pending.
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