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Autel Robotics USA



No. 337–TA–1133



International Trade Commission










Case Background: No. 337–TA–1133 /Patent Infringement of Certain Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("Drones")

The investigation, based on a complaint filed by Autel Robotics USA LLC, identified 8 different respondents that allegedly infringe three drone patents. Following a trial, the Chief Administrative Law Judge issued an Initial Determination finding no violation as to two of the patents. As to the third patent—U.S. Patent No. 9,260,184—the CALJ found that several accused products infringed at least one claim and that the respondent had not shown that the ’184 patent claims were invalid. Both parties filed petitions seeking Commission review of various aspects of the ID. While the parties were briefing the issues on review, the complainant appealed all the PTAB decisions to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Case Outcome

Complainant’s trial victory for Autel Robotics USA at the ITC was upheld by the full commission on August 25, 2020 by agreeing with the initial determination from the chief administrative law judge in March that found that SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. and seven related entities (together known as "DJI") infringed an Autel patent when it imported unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States.



Digital Evidence Group, a Huseby Company, successfully supported outside counsel and their client Autel Robotics USA in their ITC win. DEG’s highly technical illustrators and graphic designers assembled convincing demonstratives that also included a 3D animation of the rotary wing aircraft with rotor assembly attached to an end of each arm. The animation shows the device in movement in the air and its sensors detecting obstacles enabling it to adjust its trajectory.

Patent illustrations will help improve information retention of your audience. One of the easiest ways to ensure that your audience stores information in their long-term memory is to pair complex concepts with meaningful images.

Breaking down complicated technologies, processes, or the inner workings of an invention into digestible bits of information will help them understand the context and assimilate your arguments.



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