U.S. marshals seize Chinese firm's assets at CES 2016
A man walks past the Changzhou First International Trade Co., Ltd. booth at CES International Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press
Published Friday, January 8, 2016 11:13AM EST
A company based in Santa Cruz, California, says it obtained a temporary restraining order against a Chinese firm for copying its Onewheel electric hoverboard.
Future Motion Inc. had U.S. marshals seize the company's assets and marketing materials from the floor of the CES gadget show in Las Vegas on Thursday.
Future Motion accuses Changzhou First International Trade Co. of patent infringement and obtained the order late Wednesday. Marshals accompanied Future Motion lawyers in the seizure of Changzhou's "Surfing Electric Scooter."
Future Motion lead attorney Shawn Kolitch says the Chinese company's product was identical to the Onewheel, including a reversible light system that glows different colors depending on the direction of travel.
A message seeking comment from Changzhou was not immediately returned.