It became known that Autel Robotics won a patent dispute in the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) against the Chinese company DJI. In April 2020, the Autel Robotics patent infringement court found that DJI violated section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 by selling unmanned aerial vehicles, which in turn uses US patent No. 9,260,184, owned by Autel Robotics.
As it became known, DJI when creating their drones, including in the Mavic series, allegedly violated US patent No. 9, 260, 184 Autel Robotics. The patent, apparently, relates to a locking (fixing) mechanism used to fix screws on device motors. The patent says that the blade can only cling to the mechanism clockwise on the engine, and the blade counterclockwise only clings to the mechanism counterclockwise. The patent also extends to folding “arms” used to raise the drone from the ground.
Pursuant to section 337 of the 1930 Tariff Act, infringement of a US patent is illegal practice when importing goods into the United States.
What does this mean for DJI?
The Chief Administrative Law Judge recommended that DJI stop importing and selling drones: Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro Platinum, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Air and Spark in the United States.
In addition, Autel Robotics has also filed a motion to exclude the import of the Inspire product line. If supported, DJI products may be removed from the US market as early as July. The judge also upheld Autel Robotics’s request that DJI place the bond at 9.9% over a 60-day presidential period.