Ghost Robotics responds to Boston Dynamics' lawsuit

Ghost Robotics responds to Boston Dynamics’ lawsuit

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Boston Dynamics spot (left) and Ghost Robotics’ Vision 60.

Ghost Robotics responded to A patent infringement lawsuit recently filed by Boston Dynamics.

Earlier this week, we learned that Boston Dynamics is suing rival Ghost Robotics for allegedly infringing seven patents related to its former four-legged robot, Spot. Filed in Delaware Federal Court on November 11, 2022, Boston Dynamics alleged an issue with both Ghost Robotics’ Vision 60 and Sprint 40 quadrupeds.

Boston Dynamics was founded in 1992 and has worked on a variety of legged robots, both bipedal and four-legged. Ghost Robotics was founded in 2015 and focused exclusively on quadrupeds.

According to the complaintBoston Dynamics’ early success with the Spot robot has not gone unnoticed by competitors in the robotics industry, including Ghost Robotics.

That’s what Boston Dynamics said Android report Earlier this week via email: “We do not comment on the specifics of pending litigation. Innovation is the lifeblood of Boston Dynamics, and our robotics experts have successfully filed nearly 500 patents and patent applications worldwide. We welcome competition In the emerging mobile robotics market, but we expect all companies to respect intellectual property rights, and we will take action when these rights are violated.”

Ghost Robotics has sent the following statement to: Android report:

Founded in 2015, Ghost Robotics has rapidly evolved into the premier supplier of two-legged robots to the United States and allied governments. The flagship Vision 60 robot offers the best in endurance, speed, weather protection, and field repair. It is the only robot on the market capable of operating in all Environmental conditions for sustained real-world tasks to improve efficiency and save lives.

“Driven by close collaboration with customers, along with the exceptional innovation in Ghost Robotics, these capabilities have led to rapid adoption by the US Air Force, Army and Special Forces as well as allied governments including the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, Germany, Singapore and the Republic of Korea Blue House.

Ghost Robotics was born out of doctoral research conducted by Chief Technology Officer Avik De and CEO Gavin Kenneally, under the tutelage of esteemed Professor Dan Koditschek at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Koditschek is a pioneer in the field of two-legged robotics and holds a patent (together with his former students, Martin Buehler and Uluc Saranli) for the first dynamic battery-powered robot, the RHex (US6481513B2filed March 14, 2001).

Ghost Robotics’ success did not go unnoticed by Boston Dynamics. Instead of competing on a level playing field, the company chose to file a groundless and obstructive lawsuit on November 11 in an effort to halt the newcomer’s progress. Boston Dynamics draws its far greater resources on litigation than on innovation.

“Ghost Robotics strongly believes fair competition drives the market and looks forward to a thriving robot industry, for the benefit of humanity.”

These are three of the first quadrupedal robots ever made commercially available. We’ll watch how this happens in court. Other four-legged manufacturers include ANYbotics (Switzerland) and Unitree Robotics (China).

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