Wisk Aero sues Archer Aviation for alleged patent infringement, trade secret theft

Air mobility company Wisk Aero, a joint venture between Kitty Hawk and Boeing, filed a lawsuit against Archer Aviation on Tuesday, alleging patent infringement and trade misuse. Whiskey claims in the lawsuit that Archer committed a “daring theft” of confidential information and intellectual property. The lawsuit, released in February, points to the design of Archer’s first electric aircraft, which Whisk says is a copy of his potential design.

The design submitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in January 2020, and Whiskey complained that these mills were not much of a coincidence. Whisk further claims that during the forensic investigation it opened after the hiring of Archer 10 former Whisk engineer, one of these tenants secretly downloaded several thousand files before he left. There are allegations that another engineer also downloaded the file.

The information contained in the stolen files on a blog posted on Whiskey Tuesday includes system design, test data and aircraft design. “As our complaint explains, the design published by Archer above reflects the internal knowledge of Whiskey’s extensive aerodynamic test and evaluation data, based on years of experimental and modeling,” the company said in a blog post.

“The overall aircraft design match indicates the use of Archer’s more elaborate design features, including features related to aircraft operation, power management, avionics, flight control, and production methods.” Archer snatched some big wins in 2021, announcing in February that it would merge with special-purpose acquisition company Atlas Crest Investment Corporation for $ 3.8 billion equity brings orders. The plaintiffs raised these issues a year ago and after thoroughly examining them, we have no reason to believe in the way to a proprietary whiskey technology archer. We want to defend ourselves strongly.”

A representative for Archer added that the agency had “placed an employee on paid administrative leave in the case of a government investigation and search warrant issued to the employee, who we believe focused on employee behavior prior to joining the agency.” 

Archer and three other Archer employees with whom he worked individually have also received sub-penalties related to this investigation and each is cooperating fully with the authorities.” In response to the news of the criminal investigation, a representative for Whiskey said, we have no further comments at this time.”