On November 5, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a press release announcing their vote to institute an investigation of Certain Personal Transporters(Inv. No. 337-TA-932).

The investigation is based on a September 9, 2014 complaint, September 19, 2014 supplement to the complaint, and October 6, 2014 amended complaint filed by Segway Inc. of Bedford, New Hampshire and DEKA Products Limited Partnership of Manchester, New Hampshire alleging violation of Section 337 in the importation into the U.S. and sale of certain personal transporters, components thereof, and manuals relating thereto that infringe one or more claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,789,640; 7,275,607; D551,722; and D551,592 and U.S. Copyright Reg. No. TX 7-800-563.  See our September 11, 2014 post for more details on the complaint. 

According to the Notice of Investigation, the Commission has identified the following as the respondents in this matter:  

  • PowerUnion (Beijing) Tech Co. Ltd. of China
  • UPTECH Robotics Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Beijing Universal Pioneering Robotics Co., Ltd. of China
  • Beijing Universal Pioneering Technology Co., Ltd. of China
  • Ninebot Inc. (in China) of China
  • Ninebot Inc. (in USA) of Newark, Delaware
  • Shenzhen INMOTION Technologies Co., Ltd. of China
  • Robstep Robot Co., Ltd. of China
  • FreeGo High-Tech Corporation Limited of China
  • Freego USA, LLC of Sibley, Iowa
  • Tech in the City of Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Roboscooters.com of Laurel Hill, North Carolina
  • EcoBoomer Co. Ltd. of Malibu, California

Lastly, Chief ALJ Charles E. Bullock issued a notice indicating that Dee Lord will be the presiding Administrative Law Judge in this investigation.