Raytheon alleges the two companies engaged in theft of trade secrets and misappropriated its intellectual property.
A federal district court in Texas in 2009 dismissed the claim -- which relates to infrared camera technology -- on statute of limitations grounds. A U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed that decision and "held that Raytheon had alleged that it reasonably relied on Indigo/FLIR's repeated, but false, assurances that specific policies and procedures had been implemented to safeguard Raytheon's trade secrets," Raytheon said.
"The Court of Appeals thus revived the case and returned it to the district court for further proceedings."
"The district court, in its earlier ruling, had held that Raytheon's claims were time-barred as a matter of law on the theory that Raytheon should have suspected the wrongdoing and brought the lawsuit earlier," Raytheon reported.
"The Court of Appeals rejected that opinion, explaining that the district court had improperly resolved genuine issues of material fact against Raytheon and thereby intruded on the province of a jury."