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Segway has gotten a bunch of products banned in the US for infringing on its patents

Segway has gotten a bunch of products banned in the US for infringing on its patents

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The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has issued a General Exclusion Order banning a number of personal transporter products that infringe on Segway's patents. The infringing products are banned from importation into the United States until the relevant patents expire.

The order follows a number of lawsuits filed by Segway against competitor products, including some hoverboards. A separate, Limited Exclusion Order applies to some specific competitors, but does not call out any of the more well-known hoverboard manufacturers like Swagway and Razor. Instead, it seems to focus on companies making products that more closely resemble the traditional Segway rather than a hoverboard.

The General Exclusion Order prohibits the entry of personal transporter devices that infringe some claims of Segway's US Patent No. 8,830,048 for the life of the patent, which lasts through 2019. The full order is viewable on the ITC's website.

GEOs are not particularly common, issued only when violations are particularly blatant and commercially damaging, with ITC staff determining that unfair competition and unfair acts have taken place in violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

A few years ago, Apple obtained a Limited Exclusion Order against certain Samsung products, but that falls well short of the breadth and power of the General Exclusion Order that Segway got in this case.

Segway did not respond to a request for comment.