CHICAGO — A telecommunications company conspired with former employees of Chicago-based Motorola Solutions Inc. to steal digital mobile radio technology developed by Motorola, according to an indictment released today in federal court from Chicago.
According to the indictment, 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 the Chinese company HYTERA COMMUNICATIONS CORP. 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. .
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 Hytera’s DMR products in the world, 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 by court order in the U.S. District Court in Chicago. 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.
The indictment was announced by John C. Kocoras, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office. The government is represented by Assistant US Attorneys Melody Wells, Steven Dollarar and Vikas Didwania.
Hytera’s appearance in federal court in Chicago has not yet been scheduled. If found guilty, the company 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 would have avoided.
The public is reminded that an indictment is not proof of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial in which the government bears the burden of proving their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the court must impose reasonable sentences under federal law and US sentencing guidelines.