Segway Patent Infringement Complaint Halts Several Hoverboard U.S. Imports and Sales

28 March 2016

Segway’s two-year-old patent infringement complaint has resulted in a general exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). This order bans several types of self-balancing devices, best known as “hoverboards,” from being imported or sold in the U.S. Thirteen companies were named in Segway’s complaint, five of which had their cases terminated by reaching settlements or consent orders. Segway’s announcement of the issuance can be found here.

The exclusion calls for products that infringe on US Patent No. 8,830,048, which encompasses hoverboards with and without a handlebar. Many of the defendants are Chinese companies creating similar products and there is a limited exclusion order issued directly against their products.

President Obama has 60 days to accept or block the full ITC order, which was issued March 16th. Since hoverboards are primarily intended for transportation, analogous to bicycles and powered scooters, they are therefore not regulated as “toys.”

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