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A legal dispute threatening completion of the sale of Motorola's wireless network business to Nokia Siemens Networks has been settled. Huawei and Motorola have agreed to drop legal action against each other.


Earlier this year, Huawei sought a cord order to to prevent its intellectual property being transferred to Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) as part of Motorola's divestiture of its wireless network business.

Huawei's position was that it had provided Motorola with confidential information as part of its previous business relationship, and that it would suffer "irreparable harm" if that information was passed to NSN, which is a direct competitor of the Chinese company.

Motorola and Huawei have now announced in a joint statement that the matter has been settled "pending the satisfaction of certain conditions."

Both companies will withdraw its legal claims against the other, and Huawei will enter into "an agreement that allows Motorola Solutions to transfer its commercial agreements with Huawei to NSN for a fee, and allows NSN to receive and use Huawei confidential information to service the networks Motorola deployed worldwide using Huawei's products and technologies."

Greg Brown, president and CEO of Motorola Solutions said "After reviewing the facts, we decided to resolve these matters and return to our traditional relationship of confidence and trust."

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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