DJI Claims Patent Infringement on Yuneec, Files Suit in Calif. Court

Vowing “vigorous defense of its intellectual property,” DJI has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Yuneec International Co. Ltd. and Yuneec USA Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

According to DJI, the complaint asserts that Yuneec’s products and technology infringe two DJI patents and seeks injunctive relief to halt the further sale of the infringing Yuneec products and systems.

DJI’s complaint alleges that Yuneec’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) products infringe one or more claims of DJI’s U.S. Patent Numbers 9,164,506, titled “Systems and methods for target tracking,” and 9,280,038, titled “Interchangeable Mounting Platform.”

The company is represented by Palo Alto, Calif.-based law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC.

DJI says it has invested substantial resources over nearly a decade into the research and development of UAVs. Thus, the company explains, today’s filing is a response to safeguard its investments, protect customers and partners, and promote genuine innovation in the drone space.

DJI notes that it holds hundreds of patents, including at least 30 issued in the U.S., and has at least 50 applications pending there.

Yuneec has not responded to a request for comment.

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