According to a notice on the U.S. International Trade Commission website, the agency will review the trade judge’s findings from March over the obstacle avoidance (’174 patent), the propeller locking mechanism (’184 patent) and the battery clamp (’013 patent) dispute between DJI and Autel Robotics again. The target date for completing the investigation is August 10, 2020.
Breaking news: DJI just scored a big win in the patent dispute with Autel Robotics. In a news update on the website from Finnegan, the law firm that represents DJI in this matter, it was announced that:
The Commission is unlikely to enforce any exclusion order or cease-and-desist order based on the three invalid patents. DJI’s sales in the U.S., therefore, will not be affected by Autel’s claims.
This must be very welcome news for DJI as it first seemed that the drone maker had lost the case versus Autel on at least US Patent No. 9, 260,184, which seems to have affected the propeller mount design of the DJI Mavic 2 Air.
Steptoe has secured a significant trial victory for Autel Robotics USA at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). On March 2, the chief administrative law judge of the ITC found that SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. and seven related entities (together known as “DJI”), the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, by importing and selling drones that infringe US Patent No. 9, 260,184 belonging to Autel.