Today, June 22, 2019:
The Jyroball people have sent me an email explaining what happened. Here’s the relevant portion:
Our campaign was paused without notice by Indiegogo after they were contacted by a third party claiming to have design patents in a number of countries in which we are accepting contributions.
We were fully confident this complaint was totally without merit and submitted the necessary legal documentation to Indiegogo showing the validity of our company’s patents in JYROBALL and our long-standing relationship with its inventor Marc Simeray.
Indiegogo’s review has now completed and they found the same, so our campaign is now live again as of today.
For those who don’t know, Janick and Marc Simeray hold this patent: Motorized transport vehicle for a pedestrian.
In the EUC community, there’s been some scuttlebutt of past patent issues that have prevented Ninebot from fully exploiting the American market. Hsiang mentioned this in a video. I’m not getting into that because it’s an issue for corporate attorneys to sort out. They’re paid the big bucks to do so.
Jyroball’s claim of a patent dispute is entirely plausible. For those who wondered if it was a scam, well, it’s back on Indiegogo. Indiegogo’s legal counsel have been satisfied.