DJI Sues YUNEEC – Clash of the Titans. No, this is not an April fool’s Joke.


In what some might think is an April fool’s joke from DJI, it is not. DJI filed suit in Federal District Court against Yuneec. This is interesting because just yesterday USA Today announced that DJI, Parrot, GoPro, and 3DR have left the Small UAV Coalition.[1]  Intel, who invested $60 million in Yuneec,[2] is still listed as a member of the Small UAV Coalition on the website.[3]

The release from DJI said, “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 is suing for an injunction, damages, and attorney fees.

DJI is NOT being represented by Brendan Schulman in this lawsuit.

It is interesting to note one of the statements in the complaint, “When Yuneec demonstrated its Typhoon H product at C ES in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2016, a writer for the Verge called the Typhoon H ‘the biggest challenge yet to DJI’s supremacy.’ An article from Cinema 5D labeled the Typhoon H ‘a serious contender to DJI’s Prosumer line up.’ One photography focused website went so far as to call Yuneec’s Typhoon H a “DJI Killer.”

We’ll keep you up to date as things unfold.

DJI’s full complaint here DJI Complaint -FINAL

OK: Legal drone shot down in Edmond neighborhood

A drone was shot out of the sky in the 23000 block of Lauren Ln. in Edmond. The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office says it was flying legally and now they are addressing new concerns when it comes to the growing number of drones in the air.

“Drones are very hot now. You can buy all different types and kinds of drones nowadays and people fly them for all kinds of reasons,” says Mark Opgrande, spokesperson for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The drone was flying on Wednesday, sheriff’s officers tell FOX 25. It was being used legally by a construction company to inspect gutters on a home, but a woman in a nearby home, got spooked.

“We were told that the person operating the drone was doing it for work. I believe he was surveying the house, possibly the gutters, they were doing some work on the home. Somebody thought that they didn’t know why the drone was there, thought they were spying, so the neighbor came out and shot it down,” says Opgrande.

The drone was registered with the FAA but the operator, allegedly, did not tell anyone why they were flying.

The OKCSO says even if you’re using a drone legally, you should communicate with those in the area so that a situation like this does not happen.

“If you’re going to be flying a drone and it happens to be in a neighborhood and you’re there because you’re working, let people know. As much as you can, let the people around there know, hey I’m going to be flying my drone around,” says Opgande.

Right now the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating, but they tell us they do not think any charges will be filed.