Hytera Wins Appeal against Motorola Solutions over Freezing Order

12 January 2021

On January 11, 2021, the England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) set aside orders made at the High Court of Justice of England and Wales (Commercial Court) in April 2020 and completely dismissed the freezing order applied by Motorola Solutions against Hytera and its subsidiary in the UK. The appellate court refused Motorola’s application for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court. Motorola also has been ordered to pay Hytera’s costs of the appeal and the remainder of the proceedings, as well as other costs specified by the appellate court order.

Following an appealable judgement made by the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, on March 5, 2020, Motorola applied for a domestic freezing order against Hytera and its UK subsidiaries at the UK High Court. While being prepared to appeal the case, Hytera has faith that the American justice system will provide a fair outcome for this trade secret and copyright dispute. On December 18, 2020, the US District Court denied Motorola’s request to block Hytera from selling the DMR radios at issue in the case.

Proudly supporting healthcare professionals in the UK and around the world with reliable Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) communications technologies to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, Hytera has continued to invest in the UK market to better serve local customers and will keep the tradition of excellence in supporting partners and serving customers in the market.

English law also allows Hytera to pursue compensation from Motorola for the damages caused by the now set-aside freezing order.