Mixed Decision In Patent Suit Over Lucrative Aircraft Alert System

Law360, New York (December 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal jury in Delaware has produced a mixed decision in a patent lawsuit brought by aerospace and automotive giant Honeywell against two smaller rivals over a federally mandated technology that alerts airline pilots when their aircraft is too close to the ground.

On Wednesday, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware determined that one of the co-defendants, Universal Avionics, infringed Honeywell’s patent and ordered the company to pay $5.5 million in damages.

But the jury said another co-defendant, Sandel Avionics,...
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