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Huawei and Motorola declare legal truce

Huawei and Motorola Solutions — the infrastructure arm of Motorola — have agreed to settle two ongoing legal disputes.The first case — filed in US District court in Chicago on 16 July — revolved around allegations that Huawei had misappropriated base-station trade secrets.
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Written by Ben Woods, Senior reporter on

Huawei and Motorola Solutions — the infrastructure arm of Motorola — have agreed to settle two ongoing legal disputes.

The first case — filed in US District court in Chicago on 16 July — revolved around allegations that Huawei had misappropriated base-station trade secrets. The second case was filed by Huawei in US District court in Illinois on 24 January and attempted to block the sale of Motorola's networking division and the passing of confidential information as part of the sale.

The agreement, which is still subject to certain conditions being fulfilled, means that Motorola has agreed to drop its claims against Huawei and that Huawei has agreed to dismiss its case against Motorola attempting to block the sale of Motorola's wireless division to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), the companies said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

"Throughout our decade long relationship with Motorola Solutions, Huawei has contributed cutting edge technology to Motorola Solutions for use around the globe. Huawei provided Motorola's experts and counsel with source code and millions of documents," Guo Ping, executive vice president of Huawei said in a statement. "Huawei acted properly and above board at all times and developed its products independently and without the use of any Motorola trade secrets."

As part of the deal, Motorola is also now allowed to pass commercial agreements and confidential information originating from Huawei to NSN for a fee.

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