Flight Prep, which has received a patent for its online flight planning tool, has granted a temporary license to RunwayFinder.com while the two companies try to iron out their legal dispute.
When Flight Prep filed a lawsuit against RunwayFinder.com for using the technology without a license, the website’s developer, Dave Parsons, said the action would force the website to shut down Dec. 10, causing an uproar among its users.
The website was still active as of Monday, Dec. 13, when Flight Prep released this statement:
“Although we believe RunwayFinder infringes our patent, we also believe it is in the best interests of pilots to have RunwayFinder as an operational website. Accordingly, we have offered to grant a free-license to RunwayFinder to operate it website during this negotiation phase our our legal dispute. We are not asking RunwayFinder to shut down and in fact are offering them a temporary free-pass at our technology in hopes that this gesture of goodwill will better enable both RunwayFinder and FlightPrep to constructively work toward a mutually beneficial long-term solution.”
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