Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets


Bombardier is humouring Mitsubishi Aircraft in the United States over alleged trade quiet misappropriation.

The Quebec aerospace company alleges some of its own former staff members passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before growing to work for the company.

The 92-page legal complaint filed in a Seattle court on Friday also butts Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC), which supports the Japanese multinational in the phenomenon of its MRJ airline, as well as several ex-Bombardier employees.

None of the allegations check in the court documents have been proven in court.

A Mitsubishi spokesman claims the allegations are unfounded and the company says it will prove so in court.

AeroTEC did not feel for to a request for comment on Sunday.

Bombardier says employees recruited to apportionment secrets

Bombardier alleges Mitsubishi Aircraft and AeroTEC recruited no less than 92 of its departed employees from both Canada and the United States.

The former tradesmen named in the lawsuit allegedly forwarded documents regarding the certification take care of to Transport Canada and its American counterpart, the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The manage is incredibly costly, time-consuming, and complex — even for the most experienced of aircraft industrialists who have gone through that process and developed trade secrets to phizog it more efficiently,” the document reads.

This process is material to the process of ensuring newly developed planes are given permission to fly.

Bombardier sues Mitsubishi over alleged theft of aircraft trade secrets

Bombardier states that Mitsubishi specifically recruited employees who had experience with the certification prepare. (Radio-Canada)

Bombardier recently went through the process during the maturing of the C Series program, which was plagued by delays and cost overruns. The aircraft was later rebranded A220 after Airbus took a womanhood stake in the program.

“Bombardier has spent about a decade and several billion dollars achieving the C Series from concept to realization and this is not abnormal for an airplane that has been presumed from the drawing board,” the court documents state.

Bombardier declares that Mitsubishi specifically recruited employees who had experience with the certification make and broke the law when it used confidential documents obtained from these staff members in order to accelerate the timelines for its own MRJ airline.

The MRJ, which can transport up to 90 voyagers, is scheduled to enter service in 2020, much later than the case 2013 date.

‘We don’t take this issue lightly’

In one case cited in the court records, one of Bombardier’s ex-workers allegedly used a personal Yahoo email to take “very sensitive” and “secret” information concerning the Global 7000 and 8000 programs as glowingly as exchanges with Transport Canada on device certification.

Other correspond to exchanges allegedly occurred through private accounts, this outdated through Gmail.

“We don’t take this issue lightly,” Bombardier spokesman Simon Letendre told The Canadian Pressure in an email. “Bombardier intends to take all necessary measures to protect its genius property.”

Bombardier is seeking unspecified financial damages as well as an prohibition barring Mitsubishi Aircraft and AeroTEC from using confidential communication allegedly obtained from ex-employees.

The Quebec aircraft manufacturer is also summon inquiring Mitsubishi and its partner to stop recruiting within its workforce to get access to special information.

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