Bloomberg reports on Thursday that U.S. Marshals raided a Chinese hoverboard booth at the Consumer Electronics Show at the request of Future Motion, maker of the Onewheel:
Future Motion first found out about the Changzhou First International Trade product late last year, when a Onewheel user posted about it in an online forum. A listing by the Chinese company on Alibaba’s online marketplace promised to provide some 2,000 boards per month for about $500 apiece to retailers. (Future Motion sells the Onewheel for $1,500 through its website.) “We said, ‘Wow, that’s clearly a knockoff,’” Doerksen said. According to Alibaba’s website, retailers in Iceland, Germany, and the U.S. bought about $70,000 worth of products.
In December, Kolitch sent a letter to Changzhou First International Trade demanding that it stop selling the products. He never heard back. Kolitch tried again the day before the show floor opened, by approaching the booth directly but got nowhere. By 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Onewheel filed a request with a judge to stop the Trotters from being displayed on the show floor.
Chinese knockoffs are everywhere these days so I’m not surprised to see this. Kudos to Future Motion for defending their intellectual property especially on American soil. The Chinese company was given multiple opportunities to resolve the matter before coming to CES, but clearly it didn’t care.