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Floyd Chapman and Brian Pandya Are Featured Speakers in AUVSI Webinar to Address Patent Infringement in UAS Industry, June 15

June 9, 2016

Washington, DCFloyd B. Chapman and Brian H. Pandya, partners in the Intellectual Property Practice at Wiley Rein LLP, will discuss unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) patent infringement during a webinar hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

Mr. Chapman and Mr. Pandya will review key developments in patent law relevant to UAS, including what can be patented today, who can be held liable in different circumstances, and recouping fees for non-meritorious patent assertions.

“The proliferation of unmanned aircraft vehicles is likely to spur a wave of patent litigation, both between competitors in the UAV space and opportunistic patent trolls—just as it did in other successful technologies from cloud computing to smartphones to GPS devices,” said Mr. Chapman. “Responding to a demand letter or patent infringement lawsuit can disrupt business and can send new technologies sideways if not handled properly.”

On the other hand, “innovative companies can face great hurdles if their competitors are misappropriating their intellectual property,” said Mr. Pandya.

The webinar—“My Company Has Been Accused of Patent Infringement; What Do I Do Now?”—will provide practical tips for companies facing common patent infringement threats, including:

  • Your company is being sued for patent infringement.
  • Your company receives a demand letter.
  • You suspect a competitor is infringing your intellectual property.

Registration for the webinar is complimentary for qualified media and AUVSI members, and $49 for non-members.


The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International—the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics—represents more than 7,500 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry, and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets.