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Hearings Begin In Motorola Trade Secrets Lawsuit

Law360 (October 5, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A drawn-out trade secrets case against Motorola Inc. got underway Thursday in Florida county court, more than three years after a tiny start-up accused the communications giant of stealing GPS technology worth billions of dollars.

The plaintiff, now-defunct SPS Technologies, alleges that Motorola funded a partnership with the company in 2000, and abruptly cut ties with company when it realized how valuable the technology would be.

The technology tracks vehicles using the Internet and global-positioning satellites. SPS said it took six years to develop the technology,...
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