Patent Lawsuit Takes Aim at Bombardier

 - November 16, 2006, 8:52 AM

International Water-Guard (IWG) Industries, a Canadian firm specializing in water treatment products and systems for the aviation industry, on Tuesday filed a patent infringement suit against Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. According to IWG president and CEO David Fox, “It was Bombardier’s decision to proceed with using a system effectively identical to ours, and their refusal to discuss any meaningful settlement, that pushed us to file the lawsuit.” IWG and Bombardier had been involved in joint development and engineering of the system for the Global Express as early as 2002. Fox said Bombardier subsequently backed out of the program and eventually decided on a circulating potable water system made by Goodrich for its new Global 5000 successor to the Global Express. While Goodrich is not named in the suit, Fox told AIN that “International Water-Guard intellectual property is embedded in that system.” A spokesman for Bombardier would say only that the company “does not comment or speculate on matters under litigation.”