Huawei wins US court order on IPR

08:25, February 24, 2011      

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HuaweiI Technologies Co has won a United States court order to ban Motorola disclosing its intellectual property rights to Nokia Siemens Networks which hopes to buy the American firm's network business, the Shenzhen-based firm said yesterday.

In Chicago, US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman said on Tuesday that Huawei has shown a "reasonable likelihood of success" on the merits of its claim that Motorola Solutions and Nokia Siemens Networks might misappropriate trade secrets, and that "irreparable competitive harm" could result.

In January, Huawei filed the lawsuit against former partner Motorola to stop it transferring IPR to Nokia Siemens Networks, which seeks to buy Motorola's network business for US$1.2 billion.

Huawei said the acquisition deal would transfer the Chinese firm's core technologies to Nokia Siemens Networks, one of its biggest rivals globally.

Since 2000, Huawei's products have been distributed by Motorola under the latter's brand.

The success of Huawei, the China's biggest telecommunications equipment maker, in securing the court order marked the growing awareness of IPR protection in China, industry insiders said.

Nearly half of Huawei's more than 100,000 employees are involved in research and development, and the company pumps in an average of 10 percent of its total revenue to R&D annually.

Huawei is the world's No. 2 network equipment maker.

Source: Shanghai Daily
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