Steptoe Secures ITC Win for Autel in Patent Dispute with DJI. 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. As a result, the chief administrative law judge recommended that the infringing products be excluded from importation into the United States, including the Mavic Pro, Mavic Pro Platinum, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic Air, and Spark. It also granted Autel’s request that DJI post a 9.9% bond during the 60-day presidential review period following the exclusion order. If the chief administrative law judge’s determination is upheld by the full commission, these products could be taken off the US market as early as July.
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