What exploding hoverboards teach us about patents

We look at how exploding hoverboards have shown us that patents can be detrimental to IP protection, and how innovation is hurt by counterfeiting. 

Following their 2015 explosion onto the market (largely attributed to Justin Bieber’s endorsement), hoverboards are apparently still going strong as newspapers this week reported on a Catholic nun riding a hoverboard in to vote. It’s despite the safety risk of the two-wheeled personal vehicles: many are prone to overheating, causing hoverboards to be recalled in the hundreds of thousands following injuries, fires and even explosions in some cases.

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