On May 20th, Les will be a speaker for the ITechLaw “Disputes in Space: Mediate and Arbitrate” Webinar.
Aerospace is one of the most technically diverse and innovative industries today. Technology development, design, and application provide state-of-the-art aircraft, satellites, missiles, rockets, drones, and related hardware and software. The business of taking ideas and transforming them into products that operate in space presents unique technical challenges that often result in disputes with customers, suppliers, employees, and joint venture partners. Competitors take trade secrets and infringe patents, development projects overrun on schedule, and costs and defective systems bring product liability issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented technology and business challenges. New Space with private investors has provided a kickstart to the industry in commercial activities. Litigation is a poor option for Aerospace companies across the globe as it is slow, expensive, complex, and uncertain in the result and enforcement of a judgment. The Aerospace industry needs the skills and tools to effectively manage and resolve disputes, without resorting to litigation. This is where mediation and arbitration can play a key role.