updated 11:40 am EDT, Wed April 13, 2011
Motorola, Huawei settle legal battles over tech
Motorola Solutions and Huawei Technologies on Wednesday settled a lawsuit over divulging technology secrets. The agreement also gets rid of a major obstacle in Motorola's network infrastructure sale to Nokia Siemens Networks. The agreement sees Motorola dropping its espionage lawsuit against Huawei, while Huawei will take back its claim against the Nokia Siemens sale for an unspecified fee for the use of its technology.
Huawei sued Motorola and Nokia Siemens this January, arguing it needed assurances Motorola wouldn't disclose technical information to Nokia Siemens. The newly inked agreement will, however, allow Nokia Siemes to received and use confidential Huawei information to service network deployed by Motorola.
Nokia Siemens will also pay $975 million rather than the original $1.2 billion for the deal. The deal's close is planned for April 29.
A Huawei representative said the lawsuit was always about ensuring the company's intellectual property rights were protected and not at all tied to Motorola or Nokia Siemens specifically. [via Bloomberg]