Thales and Honeywell, the Europe- and US-based avionics and systems giants, say they have settled their terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) patent infringement dispute, originally brought by Honeywell. The solution includes cross-licence agreements under which each company permits the other some closely defined use of its technology within their products. The settlement follows the submission to arbitration of Honeywell's claims of patent infringement by the T2CAS product manufactured by ACSS - a joint venture of Thales and L-3 Communications - and Thales' claims that Honeywell's enhanced ground proximity warning system infringes Thales patents.

Source: Flight International