Federal marshals raid a sales space at CES over patent violation
US marshals raided and shut down a sales space at CES on Thursday afternoon, serving a courtroom order to the Chinese language firm displaying a $500, one-wheeled, self-balancing electrical skateboard, Bloomberg Enterprise stories. This product might sound acquainted — Silicon Valley begin-up Future Movement debuted the Onewheel, a single-wheeled, self-balancing, electrical skateboard at CES 2014. The corporate additionally held a profitable $630,000 Kickstarter marketing campaign to fund its manufacturing. We tried out the retail model of the Onewheel in November 2014 and had a number of enjoyable with it. Apparently, Changzhou First Worldwide Commerce did, too.
Future Movement secured a patent for the Onewheel’s underlying know-how in August and simply this week acquired a second patent for the skateboard’s design. The design patent led to the raid on Changzhou’s sales space on Thursday.
Based on Bloomberg, Future Movement found Changzhou’s self-balancing, one-wheeled skateboard in late 2015 and believed it to be an affordable knock-off. And we do imply low cost — Changzhou’s board is $550 whereas Future Movement’s begins at $1,500. Future Movement’s lawyer, Shawn Kolitch, despatched a letter to the Chinese language firm in December demanding it cease all gross sales, however he by no means heard again. Kolitch approached the Changzhou sales space at CES the day earlier than the present opened and had comparable luck. By Wednesday afternoon, Future Movement had filed a request with a decide to cease Changzhou from displaying its product on the CES present flooring. The Changzhou sales space is now naked, Bloomberg studies.
As Onewheel creator Kyle Doerksen advised the location, “If clients begin to view the area as filled with low-high quality, low-value merchandise, that displays poorly on everyone. We hate to see somebody poison the nicely.”