• 29/05/2020

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End for DJI Mavic Drone?

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End for DJI Mavic Drone? If were thinking of buying one, maybe buy it soon rather than later.

For those who have wondering why DJI still pushed to launching the DJI Mavic Air 2 and the DJI Matrice 300 RTK during the Covid-19 pandemic when lock-down measures has meant few can fly. The answer could be this.

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End  for DJI Mavic Drone?

A Judge in the USA has ruled a number, included the Mavic range of DJI Drones, have infringed on Autel Robotics patent granted back in February 2016.

Autel Robitics VS DJI

STEPTOE & JOHNSON LLP has secured a significant trial victory for Autel Robotics USA at the US International Trade Commission (ITC). 

On March 2, the ITC Judge 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.

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End  for DJI Mavic Drone?

As a result, It’s been recommended the infringing products be excluded from importation into the United States.

The effected DJI Products are:

  • Mavic Pro
  • Mavic Pro Platinum
  • Mavic Air
  • Mavic 2 Pro
  • Mavic 2 Zoom
  • Spark.  

The judge also recommended a cease and desist order prohibiting DJI from selling any of these products that are already in the U.S. when the exclusion order issues.

If upheld, all of these products could be removed from the U.S. market as early as July 2020.

Autel Robotics scored another victory with the ITC

Autel scored another victory with the ITC. DJI has been forced to post a 9.9% bond during the 60-day presidential review period.

Autel also filed a petition preventing other DJI products from being sold. This includes the Phantom 4 Pro V2 and the cinematic Inspire 2 range.

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End  for DJI Mavic Drone?

This is bad news for DJI, violators of USITC section 337 orders are liable for civil penalties of up to $100,000 a day or twice the value of the imported articles. (For further information, see section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. 1337.)

What Happens Next

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End for DJI Mavic Drone? Its not a great position to be in when a drone manufactures flagship product owes its success to someone else’s registered Idea.

We can only deduce that the new Mavic Air 2 has escaped the initial judgement due to the launch date but wonder if its similar prop locking system will infringe the Patent.

Autel Evo II drone is a serious contender to the Mavic range. Its starting to get traction among drone flyers frustrated with the reliance on DJI for new Tech. Is this the boost it needs?

US Judge rules DJI infringed Autel patent. Is this the End  for DJI Mavic Drone?

The issue for Autel is one of investment, supply and a woefully out of date website. Can they compete with DJI head to head?

Is the answer to DJI’s immediate problems be to make Autel Robotics an offer they could not refuse? Who knows.

Read the full patent time-frame information HERE

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