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Pratt & Whitney Charges Rolls Royce Patent Infringement

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EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ In a continuing battle over engine part designs, jet engine maker Pratt & Whitney says it has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Rolls Royce of misleading the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to obtain a patent.

Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., said Monday that Rolls-Royce’s patent is invalid and unenforceable. It accused Rolls Royce of unlawfully using its patent and taking other actions to harm Pratt & Whitney.

A spokeswoman for Rolls Royce did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Rolls Royce filed a patent infringement lawsuit in August against United Technologies over the design of engine parts.

It alleged that fan blades in a United Technologies geared turbofan engine infringe on a Rolls-Royce patent.

Pratt & Whitney denies the accusation.

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