Keyboard Patents Not Infringed, Federal Circuit Says

Law360, New York (July 17, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A U.S. Appeals Court panel on Thursday upheld a lower court decision that Steelcase Inc. did not violate two Flex-Rest LLC patents related to computer keyboard positioning systems.

In the case, first filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Flex-Rest accused Steelcase of suppressing or concealing its invention, thus disqualifying it as prior art and leading to infringement.

Steelcase’s invention had an earlier conception date, but it kept its device secret for seven months before filing a patent application in May...
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