(Reuters) – The US Department of Justice said on Monday that it had brought charges against the Chinese telecommunications company Hytera and accused it of conspiring with former Motorola Solutions Inc. employees to steal the US company's digital mobile radio technology.
In a partially reworked indictment that was not sealed in Chicago, the government said Shenzhen-based Hytera Communications Corp. recruited Motorola Solutions employees to steal proprietary trade data on radios, so-called walkie-talkies. the Chinese company is accused of recruiting. The indictment alleges that Hytera recruited Motorola Solutions employees from 2007 to 2020, and that these workers received higher salaries and benefits than they received at Motorola Solutions in exchange for stealing trade secrets.
Hytera was indicted for 21counts including conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets. Hytera and the unidentified other defendants were also charged with possessing or attempting to possess stolen trade secrets. If Hytera is convicted, Hytera would be fined three times the value of the stolen trade secrets.
Hytera and Motorola Solutions did not immediately respond to requests for comment.