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Court Puts Hold On Motorola-NSN Deal at Huawei's Request

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Jan 25, 2011, 8:33 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

At a hearing that took place Monday evening, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued an order to temporarily halts Nokia Siemens Networks' acquisition of Motorola's wireless radio business. The judge presiding over the case sided with Huawei, which sought to block the deal over fears that Motorola would share Huawei's intellectual property with NSN. The court said in a statement, "Defendant Motorola [is] hereby ordered not to disclose any of Plaintiff’s confidential information to Defendant Nokia Siemens Networks." The court also ordered the companies to notify Huawei if China's Ministry of Commerce — the last regulatory body holding up the sale — takes any action regarding the acquisition. Huawei filed a complaint earlier this week, alleging that Motorola has access to Huawei's wireless patents. Huawei wants to make sure those patents don't land in Nokia Siemens Network's hands, as the two companies are competitors.

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