* Rivals had charged patent infringement
* Companies decline to comment on terms of settlement
(Adds confirmation from Pratt & Whitney)
LONDON, July 19 Britain's Rolls-Royce (RR.L)
and U.S. rival Pratt & Whitney have settled a legal dispute
over patents on jet engines, in a case that threatened to delay
deliveries of Boeing Co's (BA.N) new 787 aircraft.
Rolls and P&W, which is owned by United Technologies Corp
(UTX.N), said on Tuesday they dropped lawsuits against each
other over disputes surrounding Rolls' Trent 900 and 1000
engines and the GP7200 engine, developed by P&W and General
"We have reached an amicable, confidential settlement
agreement resulting in dismissal of all patent litigation
between the parties," a Rolls-Royce spokesman told Reuters.
Pratt spokeswoman Katy Padgett confirmed the settlement but
declined to elaborate.
P&W last year accused Rolls of copying turbine blade
technology used on its Trent 900 and 1000 engines. Pratt also
asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to block Boeing
from importing the Trent 1000, which powers its new 787
Another lawsuit centered on a patent dispute over P&W and
GE's GP7200 engine.
Rolls and P&W are part of the International Aero Engines
alliance -- a joint venture including Germany's MTU and
Japanese Aero Engines -- to produce the V2500 turbofan.
(Reporting by Rhys Jones in London, additional reporting by
Scott Malone in Boston; editing by Matt Scuffham and Derek