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Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has filed a lawsuit against Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) in an effort to prevent it from "from illegally transferring Huawei's intellectual property (IP) to Nokia Networks ." NSN is in the final stages of completing a US$1.2 billion transaction to buy Motorola's wireless networks business.

Huawei claims Motorola's products include Huawei IP incorporated while Motorola and Huawei were mobile product development partners.

Why this matters
NSN is close to completing the acquisition of Motorola assets that will bolster its market share in North America and broaden its wireless product portfolio. If the acquisition is completed, it will make NSN a much stronger rival in the global marketplace, where Huawei is one of its fiercest competitors.

For more
Those who've followed this space for a while might see some irony here. Years ago, Huawei was on the wrong end of a couple of intellectual property flaps... Separately, here's the lowdown on NSN's Motorola deal. — Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

eurichardson 12/5/2012 | 5:14:47 PM
re: Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

"Huawei's Intellectual Property" - isn't that an oxymoron? Surely, it must have been stolen or reverse-engineered from some other company's product.


In fact, intellectual property protection was one of the main issues raised by the US during last week's visit of the Chinese President, Hu, to Washington DC.

billy_fold 12/5/2012 | 5:14:46 PM
re: Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

Huawei trying to protect their own intellectual property is laughable when they don't respect anyone else's.  I had Huawei engineers trying to take pictures of my circuit boards at a trade show a few years back.


-billy

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:14:45 PM
re: Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

We inadvertently left off the "For more" section, which lists links to related stories. That's posted now.

mildseven10 12/5/2012 | 5:14:45 PM
re: Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

Huawei has pulled off a masterstroke and one must admit Huawei's sense of humor is well exhibited too! Chinese court/can't be proven either way/endless delays. Brilliant.  


MS10

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:14:44 PM
re: Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

 


Try prosecuting an IP infringement in a court in China...


 


seven


 

Pete Baldwin 12/5/2012 | 5:14:44 PM
re: Huawei Sues to Block Moto Sale to NSN

I do see the humor in it, actually.


Not sure I understand the "Chinese court" comment -- the complaint we have was filed in U.S. District Court for the Norther District of Illinois.

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