On September 21, 2015, Ninebot announced that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Airwheel as Airwheel S3 issued on September 22, 2014 was suspected to infringe Ninebot appearance design patent, dual wheels self balancing electric scooter CN201330266398. X patent, hereinafter referred to as the 398 patent. Beijing intellectual property law court has accepted the case on July 17, 2015, and the indictment has been delivered to Airwheel on September 11.
“As early as June 20, 2013, the patent holder Ninebot has launched the 398 patent applications. It has gained authorization and make a public announcement on December 11, 2013, valid for 10 years.” Ninebot intellectual property department director said, “Airwheel, without the authorization of the patentee, secretly copied Ninebot two wheels electric scooter appearance design, suspected of infringing on the hand, wheel and dazzle color lamp, etc.”
As the world’ s largest smart and innovative short transportation leading brand, Ninebot attaches great importance to intellectual property protection and the development of independent innovation. A few days ago, Ninebot, allied with Segway, filed an international infringement lawsuit against Solowheel by Inventist in the United States. This prosecution against Airwheel is an important step for Ninebot to maintain its own legal right and protect intellectual property rights in the Chinese market.
Relevant principals of Ninebot also said, “in China, self balancing electric scooter is still in the initial stage of development, and we welcome enterprises who have independent innovation ability to enter and push forward the development of the industry. But we have zero tolerance to enterprises that have irresponsible behaviors like copying and malicious competition. At present, Chinese consumers have gradually increased cognition of self balancing electric scooter. In this case, enterprises need to build a good market order, increase investment in technology, constantly optimize the product, to enable more customers to enjoy the great changes brought by science and technology innovation.”