Razor Accuses “Hoverboard” Distributor Swagway Of Infringing On Patent

2581960=11003-Razor_Logo_WhiteAlthough “Hoverboard” scooters – you know, those boards that don’t actually hover at all, in spite of the nickname – have taken over the Internet and the holiday wish lists in recent months, they’ve also made headlines for all the wrong reasons, such as allegedly exploding while charging and being under investigation by federal safety officials. And now the devices are the center of a lawsuit between big-time scooter manufacture Razor and Swagway -a leading hoverboard distributor. 

BuzzFeed News reports that Razor, which recently purchased a patent for a “two-wheel, self-balancing vehicle with independently moveable foot placement sections,” filed a complaint against Swagway accusing the company of patent infringement.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in California on Nov. 27, alleges that Swagway infringes on Razor’s patent by “making, using, offering for sale, selling, and/or importing… without license or authority, Swagway, Swagway X1, Swagway smart balancing electric skateboard, and related and similar products.”

The complaint focuses on Razor’s recent exclusive licensing agreement with Shane Chen, the holder of a patent for the personal vehicles. Razor currently sells its own device called the Hovertrax for $599.99.

Razor seeks supplemental and compensatory damages from Swagway, as well as an order directing the company to turn over all products that infringe on the patent.

Razor USA Sues Swagway Over Hoverboards [BuzzFeed News]

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