One sure sign of a budding sector about to blossom for business is aspiring companies siccing corporate lawyers on each other. That’s exactly what’s happening now in a misappropriation lawsuit between electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) rivals Archer and Wisk Aero.
Wisk loses initial injunction against electric craft foe Archer
This week, Judge William Orrick of the U.S. Court for the Northern District of California denied a preliminary injunction filed by Wisk Aero to prohibit Archer from using or disclosing any information covered in its wider misappropriation lawsuit against its rival eVTOL craft manufacturer. That litigation accuses Archer of benefitting from development materials of its Cora plane that were downloaded by a former Wisk engineer who left to work for Archer. That data, the Wisk case claims, served as the basis for Archer’s design of its Maker aircraft featuring 12 rotors, 6 of which tilt.
As such, Wisk sought the injunction to…