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Velodyne sues 2 Chinese language rivals for lidar patent infringement


velodyne-lidar Velodyne sues 2 Chinese language rivals for lidar patent infringement

Velodyne, the world’s largest lidar developer, has filed patent infringement complaints in opposition to Hesai and Suteng (also called RoboSense). The complaints had been filed Aug. 13 to the US District Court docket for the Northern District of California.

The vast majority of autonomous automobile firms depend on lidar, and the San Jose-based firm mentioned the 2 Chinese language firms have “threatened Velodyne and its enterprise” by copying its lidar expertise. Velodyne mentioned Hesai and Robosense have been promoting merchandise that infringe on a number of elements of US Patent No. 7,969,558, which covers a “Excessive Definition Lidar System” and was awarded to Velodyne founder David Corridor in 2011. Corridor didn’t invent lidar, however he did invent the lidar-based Three-D level cloud system.

Each claims allege the Chinese language firms inspected and carried out a tear-down of Velodyne’s merchandise. Velodyne alleges “Robosense knew of and studied Velodyne’s merchandise and patented expertise earlier than it integrated that expertise into its personal merchandise, as its personnel admitted in public interviews. Overseas counterparts of the ‘558 patent had been additionally cited in a Robosense overseas patent utility (CN105824029A).”

Velodyne alleges Hesai filed a patent utility (CN206223978) that cited the ‘558 patent in its specification, whereas overseas counterparts of the ‘558 patent had been additionally cited in a Robosense overseas patent utility.

Velodyne requested the courtroom to cease each firms from promoting the allegedly infringing merchandise and for enhanced damages. Robosense raised a $45 million funding round in October 2018.