By Adam L. Cataldo
Wisk Aero and Archer Aviation have recently announced the resolution of their litigation with Boeing through a settlement agreement. Simultaneously, the companies have decided to join forces to advance autonomous flight technology.
The specific terms of the settlement have not been publicly disclosed, as stated in a recent announcement.
The primary focus of this collaboration is to support the rapid growth of the advanced air mobility sector. As part of this agreement, Archer has designated Wisk as its exclusive provider of autonomy technology for future aircraft models.
In a show of confidence and commitment, Boeing has also invested an undisclosed amount in Archer. The purpose of this investment is to facilitate the integration of Wisk's cutting-edge technology into Archer's upcoming aircraft designs.
This legal matter originated when Wisk filed a lawsuit against Archer in April 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and patent infringement. Subsequently, approximately a year later, Archer retaliated by suing Boeing in the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, on grounds of defamation, tortious interference, and unfair competition.