After CES Booth Raid, Hoverboard Copycat Case Quietly Dropped
Future Motion Inc., a company that makes a one-wheeled hoverboard, caused a stir at the Consumer Electronics Show when it convinced federal marshals to raid the booth of a competitor displaying a similar product. Future Motion’s founder said at the time that the raid was necessary to protect his company’s intellectual property and just one step in a long-term battle against knockoffs. But about a month later the company has quietly dropped its case, and the target of the raid is now demanding a cash settlement to reimburse it for lost business and a damaged reputation.
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