- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - A private unmanned aircraft systems company in Grand Forks says the name of a proposed drone research center at the University of North Dakota could create confusion between the two enterprises.

UND is seeking approval from the state Board of Higher Education to create the Institute for Unmanned and Autonomous Research. School officials say the center is meant to spur economic development and diversification.

However, a company called Unmanned Applications Institute International is worried that the two names are too closely related and wants to work with the school on a possible solution.

UND President Mark Kennedy said during Thursday’s higher education board meeting that he would talk it over with school lawyers.

Tom Kenville, chairman of UAI International, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.


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