The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and UK-based technology provider ICTS Europe Systems have settled the dispute among themselves regarding the use of IATA's Timatic database and the Travel Information Manual (TIM) by ICTS.
IATA publishes travel documentation requirements to facilitate the global air travel industry.
The association collects information on passport, visa and health requirements for international travel and verifies them through both government sources, as well as an extensive network of additional sources.
IATA maintains the information in its Timatic database, and then distributes them through the Timatic suite of solutions, as well as publishes them in the TIM.
TravelDoc, a product created by ICTS, also provides data on passport and visa requirements to the air travel industry.
The information offered through TravelDoc are also collected and verified by ICTS through government sources, as well as an extensive network of other sources.
The data is maintained in the TravelDoc database and then published through ICTS’s TravelDoc product.
In February 2014, IATA complained to ICTS about unauthorised use of certain information provided in the Canadian company’s TIM solution in ICTS’s TravelDoc product.
The two companies, after extensive discussions, acknowledged their respect for intellectual property rights in general, as well as for IATA's specific right to protect and defend its intellectual property rights in Timatic and TIM.
A full and final settlement of the dispute has been reached, with ICTS agreeing to make a payment to IATA for any historic usage of TIM / Timatic database information, as well as to implement additional procedures and controls that would ensure future sourcing of travel document requirements is derived independently from IATA's database.