The popular Mavic series of drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI may be yanked from the U.S. market as early as July after a ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) found the devices infringe on a patent held by Autel, another Chinese firm.
"If the chief administrative law judge's determination is upheld by the full commission, these products could be taken off the U.S. market as early as July," Autel's law firm said in a statement.
Autel has also filed a petition to extend the import ban to other DJI devices, including the Phantom 4 and Inspire series drones.
DJI declined to comment.
The ruling arrived amid increased scrutiny by federal law enforcement over theft of intellectual property (IP) by the Chinese communist regime. The Department of Justice's China Initiative has significantly ramped up investigations into IP theft and related matters with cases open in every U.S. state.
The Mavic series of drones are the most popular DJI devices. The company is the dominant player in the U.S. and global consumer drone market.
“This ruling is seminal and may be the basis for decisive legal action against other vanguard companies of the CCP worldwide economic influence campaign. This is where rollback of the CCP begins,” John Mills, former director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Pentagon, said in a statement to The Epoch Times.
A number of federal agencies have taken steps to warn against or outright ban the use of DJI drones.
The Department of Homeland Security released a similar notice in May 2019, warning that U.S. officials have “strong concerns about any technology product that takes American data into the territory of an authoritarian state that permits its intelligence services to have unfettered access to that data or otherwise abuses that access,” Reuters reported.