Virgin Renews IP Fight Against Delta Over Seating

Law360 (January 20, 2011, 5:04 PM EST) -- Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. has launched an infringement suit against rival Delta Airlines Inc. over a seating design patent, on the heels of its loss in another battle over the design in the U.K.

U.K.-based Virgin filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware on Tuesday claiming that Delta selected a sleeper suite seating system for its BusinessElite cabins that infringes on at least two of the patent's claims.

Virgin further alleges that Chicago-based aircraft manufacturer Boeing Co. imported the seating system into the U.S. for Delta and installed the seats in all Delta Boeing 777-232 and 777-232LR aircraft.

The suit is a...

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