Popular drone manufacturer DJI just got somewhat of a setback from the US ITC in the form of a ruling that says the company violated some patents when it made its drones.
But that’s not the worst part. The ruling also recommends that DJI’s products be barred from import to the United States and that existing stock in the country should be pulled from the shelves.
That escalated quite quickly, didn’t it? So whose patents did DJI violate? A company called Autel claims that DJI’s designs in its “Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro Platinum, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Air, and Spark” violate its patents.
Represented by international law powerhouse Steptoe, Autel’s win is a pretty big deal and could even become a political issue as trade tensions heat up between the United States and China.
DPReview reports that Autel also petitioned to have sales of the Phantom 4 and Inspire models suspended though, as the website notes, the Inspire 1 and the majority of the Phantom 4 lineup are discontinued.
Because of the ruling, DJI has to post a “9.9% bond” while the ruling is reviewed. DPReview apparently reached out to DJI for comment on this ruling but did not hear back from them as of press. We’ll keep you updated on this story as new developments arise.
This isn't the first time DJI was the subject of some kind of controversy, but they were pretty vocal about how they were cast in the media which makes the lake of any comment so far interesting.
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