DALLAS — It’s the gadget that’s been promised for the future. We’re talking about the Hoverboard from “Back to the Future.” The question isn’t whether or not this thing will make money, but who will make money making it?
The patent for the toy belongs to a man by the name of Shane Chen whose company Inventist began a Kickstarter campaign for Hovertrax back in 2013. But earlier this year, Chen claims a man named John Soibatian created a knockoff of the hoverboard so Chen filed a lawsuit.
Now Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has signed a letter of intent to buy Chen’s patent for the Hoverboard. There’s even been a war of words on Twitter between Cuban and Soibatian.
Soibatian posted a photo of himself posing with Mavs player JaVale McGee and the knockoff Hoverboard. Cuban’s response? “I’ll just see you in court” with the hashtag #payme.
So, the fight for future profits is on. In the meantime, make sure you’re careful out there on those things!