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Huawei & Motorola End Trade Secrets DisputeHuawei & Motorola End Trade Secrets Dispute

End of IPR legal dispute opens the door for NSN to complete its buyout of Motorola's wireless networks unit, which now has a lower price of $975M

Dan Jones

April 13, 2011

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Huawei & Motorola End Trade Secrets Dispute

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Motorola Solutions Inc. (NYSE: MSI) said Wednesday that they have ended the legal dispute over wireless trade secrets, paving the way for Nokia Networks to complete its planned buyout of Motorola's wireless unit. (See Motorola Solutions & Huawei End NSN Legal Dispute.)

Separately, Motorola and NSN have just announced that they have reached a new price of $975 million for the wireless networking unit. NSN had originally said it would pay $1.2 billion for the unit. (See NSN, Moto Agree on New Takeover Price.)

In January, Huawei filed a lawsuit against Motorola in a bid to prevent it from "from illegally transferring Huawei's intellectual property (IP) to Nokia Siemens Networks." The Chinese networking giant had claimed that Motorola's products included Huawei IP that was incorporated during the 10 years the two were mobile product development partners.

The pair issued a joint statement Wednesday saying that all pending ligation has been dropped. Under the terms of the new agreement, Motorola Solutions agrees to transfer its commercial agreements with Huawei to NSN for a fee, allowing NSN to receive and use "Huawei confidential information to service the networks Motorola deployed worldwide using Huawei’s products and technologies."

“We regret that these disputes have occurred between our two companies. Motorola Solutions values the long-standing relationship we have had with Huawei. After reviewing the facts, we decided to resolve these matters and return to our traditional relationship of confidence and trust. I am pleased that we can again focus on having a cooperative and productive relationship,” said Greg Brown, president and CEO of Motorola Solutions, in the release.

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Dan Jones

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Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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