Honeywell and Thales have agreed to non-binding arbitration of their dispute over terrain awareness warning system (TAWS) patents. Honeywell filed a lawsuit against L-3 Communication/Thales joint venture ACSS in August, alleging patent infringement, and Thales counter-claimed. Arbitration could avoid lengthy and costly litigation. Honeywell has not agreed to arbitration in its other lawsuits against TAWS suppliers Goodrich Aerospace, Sandel Avionics and Universal Avionics Systems.

Source: Flight International