DJI goes after Yuneec with patent infringement suit

DJI alleges the rival drone company infringed on two patents and seeks to stop sales.
Billy Steele
B. Steele|04.01.16

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Billy Steele
April 1, 2016 2:50 PM
DJI goes after Yuneec with patent infringement suit

Drones are a mainstream item in today's tech world, and two rival UAV makers are heading to court. DJI filed a patent infringement lawsuit in California against Yuneec for violating two of its patents. The company claims that Yuneec is selling products that infringe on one or more patents it holds regarding target tracking and an "interchangeable mounting platform." DJI seeks stop any sales of products that make use of its intellectual property.

"DJI welcomes competition, but is committed to protecting its intellectual property," a press release on the filing explained. "Friday's filing is a response to safeguard that investment, to protect customers and partners and to promote genuine innovation in this promising area."

Last August, Yuneec launched its 4K Typhoon drone to take on DJI's Phantom 3 Professional. Back at CES, the company revealed the Typhoon H what employs Intel tech to keep it from running into things. Obstacle avoidance is also a key feature for DJI's new Phantom 4. DJI's complaint doesn't get specific about which of the Chinese company's models infringe on its patents, only that its "products and technology" are the alleged culprits.

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