Huawei scored a victory last night in U.S. District Court when a judge ruled that Motorola Solutions, which is attempting to sell its wireless business to Nokia Siemens Networks for $1.2 billion, couldn’t share certain information and documents with NSN. Huawei, which for a decade has had a deal with Motorola to share certain wireless information, had sought the injunction to prevent its trade secrets from going over to a rival telecommunications gear firm. But will this stop the sale of Motorola’s wireless business from going through?
The Chinese firm won a preliminary injunction preventing Motorola Solutions from transferring Huawei’s intellectual property as part of the transaction, pending arbitration. Nokia Siemens Networks said in an earlier statement that it “has no interest in Huawei trade secrets,” so perhaps the separation of all such trade secrets during arbitration will only add a delay to the deal as opposed to scuttling it.
Meanwhile, Huawei wasn’t so lucky with the U.S. legal system last week with the The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), recommending it halt its deal to acquire assets and technology from 3Leaf Systems, which made a networking chip that enabled enterprises to pool their servers. Huawei gave up on its $2 million deal to buy those assets rather than go to the White House and hope for the president to override the CIFUS ruling.
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