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[ISN] Motorola, spinoff settle suit involving China
By Lou Kilzer
February 1, 2012
One of the companies spun off from Motorola Inc. last year has settled a
lawsuit with a company the former U.S. electronics giant accused of
intellectual property theft involving China.
Motorola Solutions Inc. and Lemko Corp. said on Tuesday that all issues
between the two companies -- both based in Schamburg, Ill. -- have been
resolved. Spokesmen for both companies declined to comment on specifics
of the settlement.
Lemko spokesman Raymond Minkus said the company is "very pleased and
looking toward the future."
The original suit accused several Lemko employees of working for
Motorola while moonlighting for Lemko. Motorola later alleged that Lemko
was working with Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies Co.
Huawei, an early partner with Motorola as it sought to expand in China,
eventually became a fierce competitor in the telecommunications market.
The settlement does not cover earlier allegations brought against former
Motorola employee Hanjuan Jin, who was criminally charged with
industrial espionage for the theft of $600 million in Motorola trade
secrets with the plan to hand them to interests in China.
In 2007, she was stopped by U.S. Customs officers who found her with
four hard drives, a flash memory thumb drive, 29 recordable CDs,
paperwork and some $30,000 in cash as she attempted to board a one-way
flight to Beijing at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.
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