Date
25 September 2017
Future Motion, inventor of the self-balancing electric skateboard, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Changzhou First International Trade. Photo: Cool Hunting
Future Motion, inventor of the self-balancing electric skateboard, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Changzhou First International Trade. Photo: Cool Hunting

US marshals raid Chinese hoverboard booth at CES

US federal marshals on Thursday raided the booth of a Chinese company at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and confiscated one-wheeled skateboards on display.

The raid took place after Future Motion, a Silicon Valley startup, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the Chinese company, Changzhou First International Trade Co.

The US company said it invented and patented a self-balancing electric skateboard that looks strikingly similar to the ones the marshals confiscated, Bloomberg News reports.

The company sent about a half-dozen people from its legal team to accompany the marshals in the raid, the report said.

The Consumer Technology Association, the trade group that organizes the world’s largest annual gadget exhibition, declined to comment on the raid.

Changzhou First reportedly sells its product on Alibaba’s online marketplace for US$500 a piece to retailers.

Future Motion sells Onewheel for US$1,500 through its website.

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