最新消息:破产法官表示支持部分出售海能达美国资产,摩托罗拉解决方案公司对此没有异议

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加州一位破产法官昨日就此事举行的听证会上表示,海能达通信可能近期内将部分美国资产出售给海能达新实体,同时将摩托罗拉解决方案争议的DMR库存出售至至少1月22日

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美国加州中区破产法院法官厄瑞斯A.史密斯表示,她打算批准出售海能达美国的资产,包括海能达美国公司和海能通信美国公司(西部),法律文件中统称为“债务人”,但与DMR相关的库存产品除外,摩托罗拉解决方案公司联邦法院提交的潜商业秘密和版权禁令请求除外

加州一位破产法官昨日就此事举行的听证会上表示,海能达通信可能近期内将部分美国资产出售给海能达新实体,同时将摩托罗拉解决方案争议的DMR库存出售至至少1月22日

美国加州中区破产法院法官厄瑞斯A.史密斯表示,她打算批准出售海能达美国的资产,包括海能达美国公司和海能通信美国公司(西部),法律文件中统称为“债务人”,但与DMR相关的库存产品除外,摩托罗拉解决方案公司联邦法院提交的潜商业秘密和版权禁令请求除外

尽管史密斯法官明确表示了她的意图,但她批准一份最快于今天提交给法官的正式命令之前,部分出售给美国海能达公司(Hytera US)的新实体,即收购海能达美国的所有资产的交易都不会最终完成

与此同时,史密斯法官鼓励海能达和摩托罗拉解决方案公司的律师就DMR库存的出售达成协议,该协议可能会受到联邦法院全球永久禁令的裁决。如果联邦法院法官没有就禁令问题作出裁决,史密斯表示,她计划1月22日再次评估此事,这可能会导致第二个命令,以解决海能达剩余美国资产的出售问题

“我认为并相信,很有可能,到了1月22日,你们都会想出办法,因为你们都很聪明,”史密斯听证会上对律师说,听证会是通过视频电话会议进行的。“我想也许只是需要意志去做

“如果你不这样做,我们会1月22日处理,看看我们现的情况。”

海能达公司提议对LMR制造商美国的资产进行分拆出售,首先向海能达美国公司出售所有联邦法院收到的禁令请求中没有争议的资产

海能达美国分公司的律师约翰·卢卡斯听证会上说:“债务人不遗余力地排除侵权产品,只包括待出售的非被告产品库存。”。“我们知道这是双方之间的一个争议点,法院希望把这件事延续到1月22日

“债务人的配电网必须走出破产,这样才能破产的范围之外继续经营,而不会让破产的幽灵笼罩着配电网。”

海能达一份向IWCE提供的关于破产法院法官听证会的紧急通信的声明中回应了这一观点

海能达的声明称:“我们对今天听证会的结果感到满意。”。“我们仍然致力于经销商网络。”

今天下午,海能达还向IWCE紧急通信公司提供了一份声明,澄清了至少下个月海能达美国公司(“海能东公司”)和海能通信美国公司(“海能达西部”)的状况

根据海能达的声明,“2020年12月17日,美国破产法院授权将海能东和海能西部的部分资产和合同出售给海能达美国公司。”。“出售某些资产并没有导致海能东和海能达西部自动解散。海能达东部和西部将继续以有限的容量运营

“2021年1月22日的听证会上,破产法院审议了将海能东和海能西部的剩余存货出售给美国海能达的一个非常狭隘的问题后,任何剩余资产以及海能东和海能西部的运营将被清盘,并最终根据破产程序进行清算。”

海能达美国公司和海能达通信美国公司(西部)5月申请第11章破产保护,美国地方法院法官查尔斯·诺格尔确认>

多份法庭文件中,摩托罗拉解决方案公司的律师对海能达主要是海能达美国公司、海能达通信美国公司(西部)及其中国的母公司海能达通信公司没有采取措施支付7.646亿美元的联邦法院裁决表示担忧。此外,海能达继续销售联邦法院一案中有争议的DMR产品,摩托罗拉解决方案公司的律师表示,他们希望确保破产出售不会使海能达的此类行动变得更容易

“我们表达的另一个担忧是,法官大人将允许他们出售业务,包括他们认为继续美国销售和分销DMR产品所必需的物品,陪审团裁定DMR产品包括被盗的摩托罗拉技术,”Mike DeVries,摩托罗拉解决方案公司的一位代理律师听证会上说。“一旦法官大人批准通过新实体进口被侵吞的货物,他们将于明天开始,然后辩称,根据这些程序,新实体不受诺格尔法官和伊利诺伊州地区的管辖。”

史密斯法官说,她认为,将有争议的DMR库存与将海能达美国资产部分出售给新的海能达美国实体的行为分开,应该能解决摩托罗拉解决方案公司的问题。此外,史密斯法官指出,她没有管辖权来处理海能达通信(Hytera Communications)中国的母公司(不是第11章破产程序的一方)是否仍联邦法院承担责任

代表摩托罗拉解决方案公司(motorolasolutions)的破产律师查德•胡斯尼克(chadhusnick)表示,他感谢史密斯法官澄清管辖权问题

“我们所需要的,法官阁下,正是你所说的,”胡斯尼克说。“你无权命令他们对父母的责任不承担责任

“把我们所关心的事情如实记录下来,让法官大人说你甚至不能做我们认为正做的事情,这对我们非常有帮助。”

摩托罗拉解决方案公司今天向IWCE紧急通信部门提供的一份声明中强调了这一点

“美国破产法院对海能达美国子公司破产案的临时裁决,对海能达公司盗用商业秘密和侵犯版权的责任,或摩托罗拉解决方案公司获得禁令阻止其继续非法活动的能力没有影响,“根据摩托罗拉解决方案声明

“此外,为了破产法庭上获得出售的批准,海能达同意,如果禁令获得批准,任何人都不能出售海能达数字移动无线电产品”。因此,破产程序已明确表示,伊利诺伊州地方法院不妨碍其批准摩托罗拉解决方案公司(Motorola Solutions)关于全球禁令的未决动议。”

诺格尔几周前收到了海能达和摩托罗拉解决方案律师关于禁令请求的最后一份简报,但他还没有发表意见。摩托罗拉解决方案的律师认为,有必要全球范围内禁止销售许多受欢迎的Hytera DMR产品,因为Hytera已表示将不支付7.646亿美元的赔偿金,并联邦法院裁决后继续销售DMR产品

海能达的律师指出,联邦法院的裁决并没有限制海能达销售DMR产品的能力,禁令将与摩托罗拉解决方案公司(Motorola Solution)已经获得的巨额财务裁决重复。此外,海能达还提交了诉讼状,要求重审并减少联邦法院授予的经济赔偿金

海能达此前已宣布打算对联邦法院的判决提出上诉

去年11月开始的联邦法庭审判中,海能达律师承认,三名前摩托罗拉(当时该公司尚未更名为摩托罗拉解决方案公司)员工Samuel Chia、Y.T.Kok和G.S.Kok访问了超过7名员工,2008年他们离开并加入海能达公司之前,摩托罗拉提交了000份文件。然而,海能达的律师称这三名工程师是“坏蛋”,他们没有向海能达的任何人透露DMR的商业机密和软件是从摩托罗拉拿走的

海能达的律师认为,如果判决不被推翻,摩托罗拉的赔偿金应该大幅减少。相比之下,摩托罗拉解决方案公司要求中国海能达公司应支付的财务奖励应包括海能达自庭审开始以来实现的利润、利息和律师费

海能达还辩称,美国联邦法院发布的禁令只能美国境内适用,这意味着海能达可以其他国家销售DMR产品。但摩托罗拉解决方案公司声称,《商业秘密保护法》(DTSA)中的规定支持本案中授予全球禁令,因为海能达公司参与了一项“进一步行动”ce of the offense” in the U.S. through its participation in U.S. trade shows.

 

英文译文:

Hytera Communications could sell some of its U.S. assets to a new Hytera entity in the near term while deferring the sale of Motorola Solutions-disputed DMR inventory until at least Jan. 22, a California bankruptcy judge said yesterday during a hearing on the matter.

Judge Erithe A. Smith of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California, expressed her intent to approve the sale of Hytera assets in the United States—Hytera America and Hytera Communications America (West), referenced collectively as “Debtors” in legal filings—except for DMR-related inventory products subject to a potential trade-secret and copyright injunction request filed by Motorola Solutions in federal court.

Although Judge Smith made her intentions clear, the partial sale to Hytera US—the new Hytera entity being formed to acquire all Hytera assets in the U.S.—will not be finalized until she approves a formal order that could be submitted to the judge as soon as today.

Meanwhile, Judge Smith encouraged attorneys for Hytera and Motorola Solutions to work on an agreement that addresses the sale of DMR inventory that is subject to a potential worldwide permanent injunction ruling in a federal court. If the federal-court judge has not ruled on the injunctive issue, Smith indicated that she plans to evaluate the matter again on Jan. 22, which could result in a second order to address the sale of Hytera’s remaining U.S. assets.

“I think and believe that there’s a good possibility that, come January 22, you all will have worked out something, because you all have the smarts to do it,” Smith said told attorneys during the hearing, which was conducted via a video teleconference. “I think maybe it just takes the will to do it.

“If you don’t, we’ll deal with it on January 22 and see where we are.”

Hytera proposed the bifurcated approach to the sale of the LMR manufacturer’s assets in the U.S., beginning with the sale to Hytera US all assets that are not disputed as part of the injunction request before the federal court.

“The Debtors have gone to great lengths to exclude infringing products and include only non-accused-products inventory to be sold,” John Lucas, an attorney for the Hytera U.S. units, said during the hearing. “We understand that this is a point of dispute among the parties, and the court wants to continue the matter to Jan. 22.

“It is essential for the Debtors’ distribution network to get out of bankruptcy, so it can continue to operate outside the confines of bankruptcy and without the specter of bankruptcy hanging over the distribution network.”

This sentiment was echoed by Hytera in a statement provided to about the hearing before the bankruptcy-court judge.

“We are pleased with the results of today’s hearing,” according to the Hytera statement. “We remain dedicated to our dealer network.”

This afternoon, Hytera also provided IWCE’s Urgent Communications with a statement clarifying the status of Hytera America (“Hytera East”) and Hytera Communications America (West) (“Hytera West”) for at least the next month.

“On December 17, 2020, the United States Bankruptcy Court authorized the sale of certain assets and contracts of Hytera East and Hytera West to Hytera US,” according to the Hytera statement. “The sale of certain assets did not result in the automatic dissolution of Hytera East and Hytera West. Hytera East and Hytera West will continue to operate in a limited capacity.

“After the Bankruptcy Court considers the very narrow issue of the sale of Hytera East and Hytera West’s remaining inventory to Hytera US at a hearing on January 22, 2021, any remaining assets and the operation of Hytera East and Hytera West will be wound down and eventually liquidated pursuant to the bankruptcy process.”

Hytera America and Hytera Communications America (West) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May, in the wake of U.S. District Court Judge Charles Norgle affirming a $764.6 million award against Hytera for utilizing DMR trade secrets or copyrighted software stolen by former Motorola employees who left to work for Hytera in 2008. Motorola Solutions also has asked Norgle to grant a permanent injunction that could block Hytera from selling many of its DMR products worldwide, but no decision on that matter has been announced to date.

In multiple court filings, Motorola Solutions attorneys have expressed concern that the Hytera—primarily Hytera America, Hytera Communications America (West) and their China-based parent company, Hytera Communications—have not taken steps to pay the $764.6 million federal-court award. In addition, Hytera has continued to sell DMR products that were disputed in the federal-court case, and Motorola Solutions attorneys said they want to ensure that the bankruptcy sale does not make such actions easier for Hytera.

“One of the other concerns that we expressed is that what will happen here is that Your Honor will allow them to sell the business, including the items that they say are necessary to continue marketing and distributing in the United States the DMR products that a jury has adjudicated as including stolen Motorola technology,” Mike DeVries, an attorney representing Motorola Solutions, said during the hearing. “And they’ll start tomorrow—once Your Honor approves this—importing the misappropriated goods through the new entity and then argue that that new entity, by virtue of these proceedings, is not subject to the jurisdiction of Judge Norgle and the district of Illinois.”

Judge Smith said that she believes separating the disputed DMR inventory from the partial sale of Hytera’s U.S. assets to the new Hytera US entity should address Motorola Solutions’ issues. In addition, Judge Smith noted that she does not have jurisdiction to address whether Hytera Communications—the China-based parent company that not a party to the Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding—remains liable in a federal court.

Chad Husnick, a bankruptcy attorney representing Motorola Solutions, said he appreciated Judge Smith clarifying the jurisdictional issue.

“All we needed, Your Honor, was exactly what you said,” Husnick said. “You don’t have jurisdiction to order that they don’t have liability for the liabilities of the parent.

“It was very helpful to us to flesh out—on the record—what our concerns were and to have Your Honor say that you couldn’t even do what we thinking that was being done.”

Motorola Solutions emphasized this point in a statement provided by the company today to .

“The U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s interim ruling in Hytera’s U.S. subsidiaries’ bankruptcy has no impact on Hytera’s liability for trade-secret misappropriation and copyright infringement, or Motorola Solutions’ ability to obtain an injunction to stop Hytera from continuing its illegal activities,” according to the Motorola Solutions statement.

“Further, in order to obtain approval for its sale in the Bankruptcy Court, Hytera agreed that ‘no one will be able to sell Hytera digital mobile radio products’ if the injunction order is granted. Accordingly, the bankruptcy proceedings have made clear that there is no impediment to the Illinois District Court’s ability to grant Motorola Solutions’ pending motion for a global injunction.”

Norgle received the last briefs about the injunction request from the Hytera and Motorola Solutions attorneys weeks ago, but he has not issued an opinion yet. Motorola Solutions attorneys have argued that an worldwide injunction blocking the sale of many popular Hytera DMR offerings is needed, because Hytera has indicated that it will not pay the $764.6 million award and it continues to sell DMR products after the federal-court ruling.

Hytera attorneys have noted that the federal-court ruling does not limit Hytera’s ability to sell DMR products and that an injunction would be duplicative to the massive financial award already granted to Motorola Solution. In addition, Hytera has filed briefs seeking a retrial and a reduction in the financial award granted by the federal court.

Hytera previously has announced its intention to appeal the federal-court decision.

During the federal-court trial that began last November, Hytera attorneys acknowledged that three former Motorola (the company had not yet changed its name to Motorola Solutions at the time) employees—Samuel Chia, Y.T. Kok and G.S. Kok—accessed more than 7,000 Motorola documents prior to each of them leaving and joining Hytera shortly in 2008. However, Hytera attorneys described the three engineers as “bad apples” who did not share with anyone else at Hytera that the DMR trade secrets and software were taken from Motorola.

Hytera attorneys have argued that the award to Motorola should be reduced significantly, if the decision is not reversed. In contrast, Motorola Solutions asks that the financial award that China-based Hytera should pay should be increased by including the profits that Hytera has realized during the time since the trial started, interest and attorney fees.

Hytera also has argued that an injunction issued by a U.S. federal court only should apply within the U.S., which would mean Hytera could sell the DMR products in other countries. But Motorola Solutions asserts that language in the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) supports granting worldwide injunction in this case, because Hytera engaged in an “act in furtherance of the offense” in the U.S. through its participation in U.S. trade shows.

 

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