Epic Aircraft Faces Lawsuit Over Intellectual Property
Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR), the parent company of Epic Aircraft (six-place experimental propjet manufacturer), has been sued by British firm Farnborough Aircraft Corp. over a dispute that grew from a cooperative arrangement between the two companies, the Bend Bulletin reported last week. Farnborough says that Epic, based in Bend, Ore., was supposed to deliver a jointly developed prototype, called the F1, and has not done so. Epic says that Farnborough is trying to usurp its design. According to Aviation International News, the two companies had been cooperating in the joint development of their respective Epic LT and Farnborough F1 turboprop singles. The case is now in federal court in Eugene, Ore., and both sides have agreed to try to settle their dispute in arbitration. "We believe we have a strong case," Farnborough commercial director Richard Blain told the Bend Bulletin. "And we will use every legal remedy available to us to resolve the situation." AIR said in the suit that it needs to protect its trade secrets from leaking to competitors.