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Thursday, October 5, 2006

Bell Sues Iran Over Helicopter Production

Bell Helicopter has sued Iran, accusing it and two state-owned companies of making counterfeit helicopters. Bell filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., saying the Iranian government, Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Co. and Iran Helicopter Support & Renewal Co. are using trade secrets, trademarks and patented designs to make helicopters that resemble six Bell models. It asked the court to order the Tehran-based companies to stop making the helicopters, the Shahed 276 and Shabaviz 275, and award damages. The dispute traces back more than 30 years, to when Bell agreed to help develop Iran's helicopter industry four years before the overthrow of the U.S.-backed Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. More

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