US Federal Marshals Raid Hoverboard Booth At CES 2016

US Federal Marshals Raid Hoverboard Booth At CES 2016

Two US federal marshals raided the booth of a Chinese hoverboard company yesterday at CES. The badged law enforcement agents collected all of the company’s one-wheeled “Trotter” electric skateboards, as well as all related marketing materials. It was dramatic.

according to Bloomberg

Future Motion received a patent for the technology that powers its Onewheel board back in August, and very recently — earlier this week, to be exact — the American company also secured a patent for its design. Future Motion learned of what it described to Bloomberg as the “knockoff” product last year, and by December had formally requested that Changzhou cease selling the Trotter. A Future Motion lawyer filed a legal request yesterday to get the Trotter boards off the CES floor and that led to today’s raid.

The Onewheel boards go for $US1500 ($2146), while the Trotter boards were being marketed to retailers at $US500 ($715) a pop. So you can understand why one company wants the alleged copycats to get the heck out of Vegas.

[Bloomberg]

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