Ouster, Inc. (NYSE: OUST) (“Ouster” or the “Company”), a leading provider of high-performance lidar sensors, issued the following statement today relating to the Company’s complaint filed with the U.S International Trade Commission (“ITC”) and the investigation into the unfair trade practices of Hesai Group (Nasdaq: HSAI) and related entities (ITC Investigation):
Ouster previously filed its patent infringement case against Hesai in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware in April 2023, but this case was stayed pending the results of a separate ITC investigation filed at the same time. On October 11, the ITC announced that the investigation is terminated to allow for arbitration before any ruling was made on the merits of the patent infringement complaint. As a result, the stay on the infringement case in Delaware will be lifted and the case will recommence. Ouster looks forward to expeditiously addressing the merits of its patent infringement claims in Delaware or through arbitration. The Company will continue to vigorously enforce its patents and seeks to bar all infringing products from the United States in all venues.
“The global lidar industry relies on fair competition, and IP must be protected,” said Ouster CEO Angus Pacala. “Lidar is a critical technology used across our nation’s infrastructure from traffic systems to the vehicles we drive. Critical technology needs to be trusted technology, and Ouster is dedicated to promoting the responsible and ethical use of lidar.”
Ouster (NYSE: OUST) is a leading global provider of high-resolution scanning and solid-state digital lidar sensors, Velodyne Lidar sensors, and software solutions for the automotive, industrial, robotics, and smart infrastructure industries. Ouster is on a mission to build a safer and more sustainable future by offering affordable, high-performance sensors that drive mass adoption across a wide variety of applications. Ouster is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.ouster.com, or connect with us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
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