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Rolls settles legal row with P&W

Rolls-Royce has settled a legal row over patent rights on commercial jets with US rival Pratt & Whitney (P&W), in a case that had threatened to delay deliveries of Boeing's new 787 passenger aircraft.

Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney, which is owned by United Technologies Corp, have dropped lawsuits filed against each other over disputes surrounding Rolls-Royce's Trent 900 and 1000 engines and the GP7200 engine, developed jointly by Pratt & Whitney and General Electric.

"We have reached an amicable, confidential settlement agreement resulting in dismissal of all patent litigation between the parties," a Rolls-Royce spokesman said.