Huawei wins temp block on NSN-Motorola deal

Michael Carroll
telecomseurope.net
Huawei has won a temporary block on Nokia Siemens Network’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Motorola’s infrastructure assets while a US district court determines whether the deal includes some of the Chinese vendor’s IP.
 
Motorola Mobility Holdings has been ordered not to disclose any confidential information regarding Huawei’s GSM, UMTS and other networking technologies which was passed to the US firm under a decade-old co-operation deal.
 
Motorola spokeswoman Tama McWhinney told TelecomAsia.net that the firm believes the “lawsuit is without merit,” and said the firm was still targeting completion of the sale “in early 2011 following receipt of approval from China’s antitrust authorities.”
 
Huawei had sought a preliminary injunction on the transfer of disputed intellectual property to NSN in a lawsuit filed against Motorola earlier this week, claiming it would suffer irreparable commercial damage if the deal proceeded.
 
The Chinese vendor claimed Motorola had failed to respond to its requests for assurances the IP would not be transferred as part of the sale, which it has made since NSN announced the acquisition in July.
 
The move comes as a barrier to the successful completion of NSN’s acquisition after Chinese anti monopoly regulators delayed the deal in late December.
 
NSN originally hoped to conclude the transaction by end-2010 after gaining approval from antitrust regulators in several markets.
 

 

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