By Eric Schweibenz
On September 27, 2018, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Components Thereof (Inv. No. 337-TA-1133).

By way of background, this investigation is based on an August 30, 2018 complaint filed by Autel Robotics USA LLC of Bothell, Washington alleging violation of Section 337 by way of unlawful importation into the U.S., selling for importation, and/or selling within the U.S. after importation certain unmanned aerial vehicles and components thereof that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 7,979,174; 9,260,184; and 10,044,013. See our August 30, 2018 post for more details on the complaint.

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. of China, DJI Europe B.V. of the Netherlands, DJI Technology Inc. of Burbank, California, iFlight Technology Co. Ltd. of Hong Kong, DJI Baiwang Technology Co. Ltd. of China, DJI Research LLC of Palo Alto, California, DJI Service LLC of Cerritos, California, and DJI Creative Studio LLC of Burbank, California as respondents in this matter.

The Notice of Investigation further indicates that the Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in the investigation.

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that he will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this matter.

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