ITC To Probe Chinese Drone Imports In Rivals' Patent Fight

By Tiffany Hu (September 28, 2018, 5:39 PM EDT) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened a probe into drones sold and imported by China-based SZ DJI Technology Co. after its rival Autel Robotics Co. accused the drone maker of selling imports that infringe its patents, the agency announced Thursday.

The ITC voted to launch an investigation into the unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, including the "DJI Mavic," the "DJI Spark," the "DJI Phantom" and the "DJI Inspire," after Autel alleged in an August complaint that DJI and its corporations in Europe, California and China infringed three of Autel's patents related to drone technology.

"By instituting this investigation, the USITC...

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